CNN's #AskACop Hashtag Backfires, Triggers Anti-Police Backlash

In a move that seems to suggest it has no idea how Twitter works, CNN asked viewers to submit questions to police officers using the hashtag #AskACop. It went exactly the way you and anyone who has ever used social media would expect. The request was part of a special “CNN Tonight” episode titled “Cops Under Fire.” Host Don Lemon, in the company of a panel of police officers, put out the call to Twitter users to submit questions they might #AskACop. On the heels of widespread protests against police brutality, particularly in communities of color, the questions that poured in were mostly thinly veiled criticisms of outrageous police abuses. As CNN tweeted, #AskACop succeeded in trending nationally. It just neglected to mention precisely why. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"595196","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"391","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]


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