CNN Asks If Anti-Islam Film Director Has Blood on His Hands

Terrorists murdered an American ambassador in cold blood, and yet CNN shamelessly implied on Thursday that the makers of an anti-Islam movie might have blood on their very hands.

"Do you and Mr. Bacile feel that you have any blood on your hands as a result of the violence?" correspondent Brian Todd asked a consultant for the film, Steve Klein. Anchor Don Lemon reported that the movie "may have led to the death of four Americans." 

Ironically, an hour before Todd's ridiculous question, anchor Suzanne Malveaux reported that "Libyan and U.S. officials...believe the attack was not connected to a protest over an online movie ridiculing Muslims."

[Video below. Audio here.]

And CNN should have pointed the finger at itself back in 2006, when it infamously aired terrorist propaganda as news, showing footage of Iraqi terrorists firing at American soldiers that was given to the network by terrorists.

"That video was given to CNN by terrorists in order to demoralize the American people about the hopelessness of Iraq just before the midterm elections," wrote the MRC's Brent Bozell, who said CNN was acting like a "terrorist sock puppet."

A transcript of the segment, which aired on September 13 on CNN Newsroom at 1:32 p.m. EDT, is as follows:


TODD: We caught up to this gentleman yesterday. His name is Steve Klein, he was a consultant on that film. He told me that the filmmaker is afraid for his own safety and was upset about the killing of the U.S. ambassador, but when I asked Klein a key question – which by the way I asked him when we still only had the name Bacile for this filmmaker, Klein himself struck a very different tone. Take a listen.

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(on camera): Do you and Mr. Bacile feel that you have any blood on your hands as a result of the violence?

KLEIN: That's a very good question. Under the rules of engagement in Vietnam when I killed a North Vietnamese army in the Vietcong, I go to bed every night with no blood on my hand. It does not bother me a bit. In this case with the Ambassador, I did not kill these people. It is they who pulled the trigger, it is they who murdered the Ambassador.

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SUZANNE MALVEAUX: Do we know if anybody is actually looking for, searching for, questioning, investigating this movie maker?

TODD: Well we know that several media entities have been doing that over the past few days, including CNN. We don't know much beyond that. He has apparently, at least for the moment, gone underground. He's a very difficult guy to find at the moment, although some media entities have been able to catch up to him, at least on the phone. But, no, we don't know if any federal authorities or anybody else are looking for him or are connecting him in any way as part of any kind of an investigation at this point. Suzanne?

MALVEAUX: And, Brian, do we know if he could possibly be charged with anything? There are a lot of people very upset about what he's done, but could he possibly face any kind of charges, civil or criminal charges?

TODD: Well, that's a little unclear. Some of the initial reporting we're getting is that this man has a criminal background and did serve some time and was on parole for some fraud violations. If somehow this – the making of this film violated his parole, that could be a possibility. We're still kind of working out some of the information and some of the reporting on that, so that's kind of a speculative thing right now. But there is some information that he does have a criminal background.    


LEMON: An actress in the film says she was duped and now regrets her part in the movie that may have led to the death of four Americans.

-- Matt Hadro is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center