Credit: Jezebel

Credit: Jezebel

On Wednesday, New York Daily News reporter Shaun King was asked via email to appear on CNN with Don Lemon. He promptly and fervently declined with: “I will never appear anywhere with Don for the rest of my natural life.” King then posted the email exchange on Twitter and Facebook and immediately received cease and desist notices from both CNN and Twitter, along with threats to freeze his accounts.

The story that sparked the decline was that of a Fox Lake, Illinois, police officer named Lt. Charles Gliniewicz, whose death on September 1st was initially reported as a homicide during a foot chase.

However, investigators later revealed that Gliniewicz had not only committed suicide but that he’d also been embezzling cash from a local youth program he’d reportedly been helping and orchestrated a suicide plan when investors got too close to uncovering his secret.

On September 1st, police allege that Gliniewicz staged a crime scene and then shot himself twice.

Infowars, a conservative website, quickly blamed the Black Lives Matter movement for Gliniewicz’s death in a post called “Another Cop Executed in Illinois: Will it be linked to Black Lives Matter and other racist groups?” Ron Hosko, former Assistant Director of the FBI and current President of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, wrote an op-ed in USA Today echoing the same sentiment, claiming the movement “has too often drifted into the rhetoric of ignorance and hate.”

Shaun King pointed out these inconsistencies with a number of tweets on Wednesday and in a NYDN article.  CNN, which initially covered the incident with Don Lemon’s usual off-putting commentary, emailed King offering him a guest spot on Lemon’s show to discuss the topic.

King declined in an unforgettable way, and then posted his correspondence with a CNN booker both on Facebook and Twitter. Within hours, King says, he was told to remove the posts on both platforms or risk frozen accounts, and he obliged—but not before his accounts were locked anyway.

What does this mean for the future of text and email screenshotting? Was either side justified in their attempts to have the exchange deleted from Twitter and isn’t it already too late by the time a user hits the tweet button?

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  • Anonin

    Twitter getting that KKK funds.

  • Mali90

    aww, don pissy lemon and friends was butt-hurt that Shaun King did not want to be involved with black people bashing show. such a shame :p

  • I’m glad that Clutch has exposed the far right site of Infowars for slandering the Black Lives Matter movement. For years, Infowars has claimed to be against police brutality, but when BLM exposes real police brutality, then they want to lie and claim that the BLM movement is about murdering cops. So, I have no respect for Alex Jones for his comments about BLM and about black people. Plus, he or Alex Jones supports outright anti-black racists like Ted Nugent. Ron has no reason to talk since the FBI has a known history of violating the civil liberties of black people and other progressive activists (via COINTELPRO, etc.). It is obvious that Gliniewicz has committed suicide and he wasn’t a perfect cop. The deification of all police is the great disgrace. Shaun King has spoken out accurately about exposing police terrorism and racial injustice. CNN and other entities are instruments of the corporate media who seek to obfuscate the truth, defend those in power, and promote the status quo.

    The fundamental point is that we need revolutionary change, we need the end of the War on Drugs, and we need black liberation. Also, imperialism and economic injustices must be gone. The epidemic of police brutality is an epidemic and we won’t be intimidated by any police union. We won’t be intimidated by the FBI and we will never be intimidated by Infowars. We desire freedom and we will advocate for truth wholeheartedly.