August 20, 2014 1:16 pm -

CNN International anchor and icon to overly-religious chefs Rosemary Church is the subject of a major backlash over comments she made during a broadcast late Monday night/Tuesday morning. While interviewing CNN The Lead anchor Jake Tapper, who is on the ground in Ferguson, MO, Church asked why police there aren’t using “water cannon” as part of their strategy to deal with violence that has cropped up from within peaceful protests. The remark has angered many, who saw the remark as a call back to the days of Bull Connor and the violence of Civil Rights-era Alabama.


The offense taken is genuine, and completely legitimate. Just that morning, I drew a connection with the Ferguson police response’s lineage to the firehoses of Birmingham. Intentional or not, the offense is very real. Having said that, allow me to parse Rosemary’s not-so-sage words at this thyme. Here’s an extended clip, which includes Jake Tapper’s response. Church clearly thinks she’s arguing for a more humane way to deal with the peaceful protesters, not less:

“Why the use of tear gas, stun grenades, why not,perhaps, use water cannon? At least it’s not going to have the same sort of effect, or maybe something that targets this small group. As you say, this blanket cover of everybody involved, everyone’s struck by the tear gas.

While co-anchor Errol Barnett appeared to wince at the reference, Jake Tapper didn’t react to that specific quote, although he has been openly, vocally critical of the heavy-handed police response in Ferguson. He likely either didn’t hear it, or made allowances for the facts that are being lost in the backlash.

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D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

5 responses to In Defense Of Rosemary Church, CNN Anchor Who Suggested ‘Water Cannon’ In Ferguson

  1. William August 20th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    clearly thinks she’s arguing for a more humane way to deal with the peaceful protesters, not less:
    Dang hippie, commie, prius driving tofu muncher.

  2. Khary A August 20th, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    That moment of WTF?!?! by Errol Barnett is priceless!! You can see the ” must control the ‘sensible slap’ hand.” second look from her co-anchor. you know if we allowed the “sensible slap” a la Archer, I don’t think we would need to have half of the apologies or non apologies we get. It’s how one knows they are being an idiot and should go sit in a quiet corner for a lil bit.

  3. whatthe46 August 20th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    ok, sounds like she’s from another country and maybe before she report or interview anyone on the subject matter involving “race” relations in this country, she should brush up on her history. dummy.

  4. August 22nd, 2014 at 9:29 am

    This is why I ignore and hold talking heads in contempt since 76. They are not hired for their cognitive skills. Stick to your scripts idiots. Had no prior bias to FOX till i went there for news on 911. The gibberish eminating from the clearly nitwit blonde talking heads was cringeworthy. Have not been back since.

  5. Derek Yisrael August 24th, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Whether intentional or not, her job at CNN should discontinued by CNN. No suspension, but fired. There would no gray area if this were a similar abominable comment about gay or jews. There would be no allowance of explanation.