Fake news is a serious problem, but a Michigan man went maybe a little too far in his zeal to correct the issue, making violent threats against CNN and its employees, according to CBS 46 in Atlanta.
Court documents show that a Detroit-area man called CNN 22 times last week, first accusing the network of “fake news” and escalating to death threats
It began with claims of “fake news” and ended with threats of violence.
Griesemer told a CNN operator, among other things, “Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down.”
He then called again, saying “I’m smarter than you. More powerful than you. I have more guns than you. More manpower. Your cast is about to get gunned down in a matter of hours.”
Griesemer continued, “I am coming to Georgia right now to go to the CNN headquarters to f—ing gun every single last one of you.”
Investigators were able to trace the caller and stop him before he was able to carry out any of his violent desires.
He’s now jailed on a $10,000 unsecured bond.
Griesemer is also accused of making derogatory and racially motivated comments regarding blacks and Muslims in the calls.
In response to our story, a number of CNN anchors and reporters responded on social media, expressing concerns that the unfounded accusations of “Fake News” are leading to threats of violence by the unstable.
Hours after our report, CNN issued a statement late Monday:
“We take any threats to CNN employees or workplaces, around the world, extremely seriously. This one is no exception. We have been in touch with local and federal law enforcement throughout, and have taken all necessary measures to ensure the safety of our people.”
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