Among the talking heads that CNN chose to interview in connection with the shooting in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio was Cheryl Dorsey – a black female who they identified only as a retired Los Angeles Police Department sergeant.
Her appearance as an interviewee sparked my curiosity for two reasons. First: What makes a retired police sergeant from Los Angeles a worthy authority on the shootings? Second: Her statements were so rabid and downright stupid that I felt compelled to do a little research.
Well … a bit of exploring on the Internet gave me more of her resume. Dorsey is more than just a former police officer. Her biography states that she is “a community advocate and police expert educating the public on police policy and procedures as well as understanding police culture and deciphering “code talk.” In other words, she is a policing critic. The biography goes on to say that “As a Black female, she brings a fresh and unique perspective on police brutality, work related discrimination, retaliation, sexism, domestic abuse, etc.” She also owns a hair salon in Pasadena.
The LA Progressive says that Dorsey “provides candid, honest and unique perspectives on issues making national news with a level of credibility that is effective, relevant and irrefutable. I highlighted the last portion of the sentence so that you can keep it in mind as we consider her appearance on CNN.
If we are to consider the credibility of her CNN interview against her resume, I am still at a loss to understand why they put her on. Neither shooting had anything to do with “police brutality, work related discrimination, retaliation, sexism, domestic abuse, etc.” – or hairstyles.
To claim to be “effective” and “relevant” is subjective – but “irrefutable?” That stuck out to me because of some of the things Dorsey said on-air were not only refutable, they were downright ridiculously wrong.
Apparently, she was brought on by CNN to refute Trump’s statement that the shooters were mentally ill – very troubled young men. To my mind, THAT is irrefutable – but not to Dorsey. She said it was ridiculous to claim the shooters were mentally ill. She gave her reasons, and they were also ridiculous.
She claimed that the shooter in Texas could not possibly be mentally ill because … ready? … because he got in a car and drove 600 miles to El Paso, he donned a mask to conceal his identity and he knew how to handle a gun. She thought it was crazy to say he was mentally ill – and any intelligent person would know that. Hmmmm. Guess that excludes me.
She did not stop there. She played the race card. Surprise! Surprise! Saying the shooters were nuts is nothing more than “white nationalist double talk,” according to Dorsey. It was a way of excusing the shooters. Methinks that blaming Trump for encouraging them – as the Democrats have been doing during their recent interviews – is a form of excusing the shooters, but that is just me.
Throughout the Dorsey interview, I wondered why CNN had her on. But as she spoke, the answer was obvious. It was not to bring intelligent or valuable information to the subject of the shootings, but to trash Trump. And … she performed according to the CNN script.
So, there ‘tis.