A 19-year-old Michigan man was arrested for making violent threats against CNN employees, allegedly calling CNN headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia more than 20 times with accusations of 'fake news' and eventually threatening to commit mass murder.
Brandon Griesemer made the calls, which included derogatory comments about black people and Muslims, earlier this month and was arrested on federal charges Monday following an FBI investigation.
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."
Fortunately, law enforcement was able to trace Griesemer's calls before he could follow through on any of his threats.
CNN released a statement following news of the man's arrest:
"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."
It is difficult not to draw a correlation between the Trump administration's attacks on the news media - calling unfavorable reporting 'fake news' and disparaging individual channels and anchors - and threats of violence that make similar claims.
Tuesday morning, well after the story of Griesemer's arrest broke, the president again called out the network with an underhanded compliment for CNN anchor Jim Acosta: