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.

By Larry Horist

So, there ‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

15 thoughts on “Who is Cheryl Dorsey … and why was she on CNN?”
  1. OBVIOUSLY THE FAKE NEWS #1 OUTFIT HAS AN AXE TO GRIND WITH MR. TRUMP. HE HAS EXPOSED THEM 20 WAYS FROM SUNDAY FOR THEIR TERRABLE BIAS AGAINST MR TRUMP, CONSERVATIVES AND CHRISTIANS. OBVIOUSLY IF THE C-LINTON N-EWS N-ETWORK IS STILL OWNED BY HANOI JANES HUBBY AND SHE HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE CONTENT… KISS REALITY GOOD BYE.

  2. Of course Trump attacks CNN; they’ve time and again reported on Trump’s failures, on his incredible bigotry, on his support for white supremacy, his lack of understanding of our laws, his lack of qualification to hold the highest office in the land, his immoral character, his astounding ability to lie and have his base ignore the more than 10,000 documented flat out examples, his bias toward the the richest in our country, his support of the most prolific polluters in our corporate world, his support of the dictators that lead the country’s long considered our major enemies, his deviate sexual behavior, his numerous adulteries, his illegal attempts to interfere with investigations into his involvement with Russia’s meddling in his election, his unwillingness to even criticize, much less do anything to end the NRA’s activities to block any gun control measures, his blocking any of the schools he attended for releasing his grade transcripts, his blocking, at every turn, effort to see his Federal Income Tax Returns, and the fact that he leads the parade in this country of those who have already kissed reality good bye. All of this Trump incessantly calls Fake News which, by definition, would make his assessment of FoxNews “Real News” and, I believe, that someone even as biased as you, would know that FoxNews is the most biased of all TV news shows; the news show that Trump’s base get 110% of their political news that forms 200% of their opinions. Even sadder is that FoxNews is actually the place where Trump gets his news and the opinions of hosts such as Sean Hannity and Laura Ingram influence is policies and decisions since he lacks the intelligence to think for himself.

  3. We also need to outlaw the vehicles made by whichever manufacturer he drove from Dallas because they should have known this upstanding citizen might use it in his crazed frenzy to go down in history as a mass murderer.

  4. Why were you so curious about her? Was it because she was black and not saying the things you wanted to hear? CNN is NOT fake news, the “president” is a racist and his words have emboldened the white nationalists to act. You don’t have to be conservative or overly intelligent to know that. I cannot believe you went to such lengths to do all that research on the interviewee and no mention of the killings she was speaking about. The killer himself is using trump’s words as the reason for attacking and killing other humans.

  5. YOU SHOULD KNOW BY NOW ,ANYTHING SAID,INFERED,OR ATTRIBUTED TO THE COMMUNIST NEWS NUTWORKS IS NOTHING BUT BULLCRAP. no question about them at all. pure garbage

  6. Her best qualification to be on CNN: ” She also owns a hair salon in Pasadena.”

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