Angered by ‘Fake News,’ Man Threatened to ‘Gun Down’ CNN Employees

Several weeks ago, telephone operators at CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, began to receive strange calls. But what might have just seemed to be an odd pattern quickly escalated to a vulgar and violent string of threats.

Over the course of 22 separate calls, Brandon Griesemer, 19, repeatedly accused CNN of producing “fake news.” He then threatened operators  that he was “coming to gun you all down.”

Griesemer, who lives in Michigan, specifically explained that he would be making a trip to the CNN building in Atlanta to commit a mass shooting.

“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. I am coming to Georgia right now to go to the CNN headquarters to f—ing gun every single last one of you,” Griesemer said in one of his calls. In other calls, he reportedly included racial epithets directed at black people and Muslims.

Fortunately, CNN operators contacted the FBI, who then traced Griesemer’s location and arrested him before he could take action. Griesemer has since been released after posting $10,000.

The incident brings to light a troubling reality that simply cannot be ignored: Vehement rhetoric can inspire real-world consequences — and even violence.

And this includes President Trump’s endless war on American media, complete with a tweet equating “fake news media” to an “enemy of the people.” Notably, CNN has been among the top targets of Trump’s rage. Not only has he frequently hurled vitriol at the news broadcaster, but in one notorious White House press briefing, Trump singled out a CNN reporter and belittled him.

Should it really come as much of a surprise that Trump’s language has prompted some Americans to take such rhetoric to heart?

This recent incident is comparable to the so-called “Pizzagate” conspiracy that took a terrifying turn in December of 2017. For those who might not recall, this involved false claims that the Clintons, Podestas and other top Democrats were orchestrating a child sex slave ring in the basement of a pizzeria in Washington, D.C. After months of being whipped into a fervor, someone finally took action — by storming into the restaurant and discharging a firearm. Fortunately no one was harmed.

The people in power who carelessly spout nonsense in support of Pizzagate and “fake news” are apparently so far removed from reality that they do not realize that people may act on this false rhetoric.

While Trump’s anti-media talk might not quite qualify as an incitement to violence — an illegal act — it comes close. And one day that may prove deadly.

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Mike R
Mike R4 months ago


Mike R
Mike R4 months ago


Paulo R
Paulo R4 months ago


silja s
silja s4 months ago

madness is america. madness in the white house. gun madness. hate madness. whatever happen to decency? oh yes ... madness elected that feckless wanker

Danii P
Danii P4 months ago

thank you

Mary B
Mary B4 months ago

Who insighted that guy to go in and fire a gun ? TRUMP did. If that's not a deliberate call to violence then what is it ? And if insighting violence is illegal, then why hasn't he been arrested ? All the rest of this crap is speculation and conspiracy, which means it cannot be proved or disproved. TRUMP is daily calling lies FAKE News. Brainwashed guy goes into a public place and fires his gun,basing his decision on conspiracy. It seems you have evidence right there. People like that have no power to take responsibility, all they can do is act or not act on assumptions. Until Trump stops pushing his lies, HE must be held accountable. Fortunately the creep threatening CNN was stopped before he got very far.

Brian F
Brian F4 months ago

Comcast owns MSNBC, and Time Warner owns CNN. Both corporations have given a large amount of money to Hillary, and favor corrupt corporate Democrats like Hillary, over honest progressives like Jill Stein and Bernie Sanders. People who believe this phony Russia investigation, that is being pushed by the corporate owned media to divert attention from the corruption in the Democratic party that cheated Bernie Sanders out of his primary, are in serious need of mental help.

Amanda M
Amanda M4 months ago

Define irony: an idiot brainwashed by GENUINE fake news declaring war on a news network that delivers REAL news because he thinks THIS network is the source of fake news! Faux News is one of the genuine sources of the endless lies, libel, and unsubstantiated horse hockey out there-they should be called out! And yes, we need to do something about Twitler and his minions too! Here's hoping that they end up running afoul of the law so we can rein in this madness before it's too late!

Maria PETRILLO4 months ago

Trump yes the one lying every day..

Rachel -
Past Member 4 months ago

What a pusillanimous scum bag trying to blame this on Trump. Turner Broadcasting's propaganda arm of the DNC, a subsidiary of multinational conglomerate Time Warner, hammers him with spun-out prevarication deception estimation and speculation 24/7 - manages to convince teh most overly emotional morons in the entire country he's a caricature of a mentally ill treasonous Russia-colluding white supremacist Nazi dictator - and you show zero concern for him, our President, yet go ape-shit over concern for CNN. That says a lot about you. Trump is hardly the only one to use the term Fake News numbnutz, #CNNFakeNews trends on twitter constantly a gazillion people use it because they know it's true. Stop being so stupid.