tv CNN Newsroom Live CNN November 25, 2021 12:00am-1:00am PST
hello and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and all around the world. you are watching cnn newsroom. and i'm rosemary church. guilty, guilty, guilty. all three defendants convicted in the murder of ahmaud arbery. the dramatic scenes in court and what it means in the fight for racial justice in the united states. yet another smash and grab robbery. the scary crime wave at scores just as holiday shopping picks up. plus, tragedy in the english
channel. a record number of migrants are dead after their boat capsized. live from cnn center, this is cnn newsroom with rosemary church. >> thank you for joining us. nearly two years after ahmaud arbery's death, his family says justice has finally been served. a jury in southern georgia has found three white men guilty of murder and other charges in the killing of the 25-year-old unarmed black man. arbery was out for a jog when he was chased down, shot, and killed. travis mcmichael, his father, gregory mcmichael, and their neighbor, william bryan, showed little emotion as the jury's decision was read. but outside of the courthouse -- [ cheers and applause ]
relief and celebrations. ahmaud arbery's mother says her son can now rest in peace. it took the jury more than 11 hours to reach their verdict. cnn's ryan young has more reaction from the courthouse. >> count one, malice murder. we, the jury, find the defendant, travis mcmichael, guilty. >> reporter: today, a jury convicted the three for the murder of ahmaud arbery. >> count three, felony murder. we, the jury, find the defendant, greg mcmichael, guilty. >> reporter: travis mcmichael was found guilty on all nine counts, his father found guilty on eight other counts. bryan was the man who took the video of the shooting. he was found not guilty of malice murder, one felony murder
charge, and aggravated assault with a firearm. >> we find the defendant william bryan, guilty. >> reporter: all three left the courtroom in handcuffs. ahmaud arbery's mother sat in court visibly crying and shared her gratgratitude. >> i thank each of you that fought this fight with us. it's been a long, hard fight. but god is good. thank you for those who marched, those who prayed, most of all, the ones who prayed. >> reporter: the jury, made up of nine white women, two white men and one black men deliberated for 11 hours. earlier today, the jury asked to see the two video clips, one of them enhanced from the deadly february 2020 shooting. they also asked to hear the 911 call that gregory mcmichael made
the day ahmaud arbery was shot and killed. >> a black male running down the street. >> reporter: the three defendants claimed they were trying to make a citizen's arrest of arbery the day they chased arbery and killed him. they said they suspected he had burglarized a nearby home construction site, referring to video of ahmaud arbery wandering inside that home months before being killed. but the prosecution said ahmaud arbery was just out for a jog. he hadn't committed a crime and wasn't armed. >> everybody that day had a gun except arbery. >> reporter: now all three face a sent tebls of life if prison without the possibility of parole. >> you know him as ahmaud, i know him as quez. he will now rest in peace. >> reporter: one of the things that stood out wednesday is while everyone was cheering out front, we saw each of the men found guilty, being walked in
handcuffs to separate cars to go back to jail. we believe the federal government is going to file charges against them. and all three men, their defense attorneys plan to file appeals. the family feels like they got justice this day. ryan young, cnn, brunswick, georgia. while the parents of ahmaud arbery say they are grateful justice was served, the fight for racial justice across the country is not over. >> to tell you the truth, i never saw this day back in 2020. i never thought this day would come. but god is good. >> i don't want to see no dad i watch their kid get lynched and shot down like that. so it's all our problems. so hey, let's keep fighting. let's keep doing it and making this a better place for all human beings. >> we also heard from prosecutors in the case. one said she hoped the takeaway
would be to trust the legal process. she also talked about her strategy in countering the defense argument that the killing was in self-defense. i wanted to make sure that the jury understood that the self-defense case was absolute garbage, that was not what took place. and i was doing my best in the moment to dismantle it. >> there was also a lot of talk about the racial makeup of the jury. 11 white people and one black person. but prosecutors say they were confident the panel would base their decisions on the evidence. >> after we picked the jury, we looked at them and realized that we had very, very smart, very intelligent, honest jurors who were going to do their job, which is to seek the truth. so we felt putting up our case, it didn't matter whether they were black or white, putting up our case that this jury would hear the truth, see the evidence
and come back with the correct verdict, which we thought they did today. >> attorneys for all three defendants say they plan to appeal the convictions. travis mcmichael's lawyer says he honestly believes the men are sorry for what happened to ahmaud arbery, because of the choices they made. >> this is a very difficult day for travis mcmichael and greg mcmichael. these are two men who honestly believed that what they were doing was the right thing to do. however, a glenn county jury has spoken. they have found them guilty, and they will be sentenced. >> the attorney for william "roddie" bryan, who recorded the killing on his cell phone thinks his client's conviction will be overturned. he was the target for sharp criticism for objecting to african american pastors in the courtroom. >> i've made all the apologies in this case that i plan to.
now, when this is all over and the dust settles, i will probably reach out to people in town that i've known for a long time. maybe we're still friends, maybe not. but my job is to represent my client and i'm not going to apologize for that. >> joining us now is a criminal defense attorney and former senior homicide prosecutor and joins me now from new york. thank you for being with us. >> thank you for having me. >> so the jury found all three white men guilty of murder in the killing of ahmaud arbery. the man who pulled the trigger, travis mcmichael, found guilty on all nine charges. what message does this send to those who support vigilante justice and what does it tell the family of the victims in these cases? >> justice delayed is not
justice denied. the jury has spoken. these three white men defendants have decided to take their case to trial and to be tried by a jury of their peers. and a jury of their peers called them guilty and murderers. that is what this jury has decided and that is the message that they sent from all around the country, that you can't, that this life of ahmaud arbery actually mattered. >> so these three men, they weren't even arrested and charged at the time that they committed this crime. it took the tenacious diligence of ahmaud arbery's mother, along with that video evidence to get these three men arrested and brought to trial. what does that reveal about the justice in the south particularly, and how much more work needs to be done, do you think? >> so what we got to see by seeing this video, and seeing this trial play out, is we got to see how the criminal justice
system is broken. it took four prosecutor offices in order to get us to today, for this case to be prosecuted and heard by a jury. in fact, the first prosecutor, jackie johnson, which is the prosecutor for glenn county, she has now been indicted for misconduct based on abusing her power as a prosecutor, in the sense that she was in contact with greg mcmichael and also advised the police officers not to arrest them. >> and we were just looking at pictures there. most people were shocked by the racist and offensive closing argument from one of the defense lawyers, who was in that image just there, who tried to denigrate arbery my making references to his toenails. what should the consequence be of her racist words, and would she have gotten away with saying those things in a court say in
the northeast. >> it was so despicable. for her to revictimize the family of ahmaud arbery and also for us that are affected, because we were listening to that. for her to make out ahmaud arbery as he is the bad person, that he call -- in fact, she put ahmaud arbery on trial. the message that it sent was one of disgust. we hope that at some point, maybe there will be some claims to the judicial bar to determine whether she should be suspended or sanctioned. but regardless of her comments, regardless of her denigrating the name of ahmaud arbery, a person that is dead, the jury still looked past that and determined that her client is guilty. would that have happened in the northeast? i'm in new york. i worked in philadelphia and guess what? she wouldn't have gone far with that comment. >> yeah. just shocking. and what happens next to these
three convicted men in terms of appeals and sent tencing, plus e federal hate crime trial set to begin next year? >> right now, where we stand is that the next step the judge is going to sentence these three defendants, and pretty much given their age, they're going to serve the rest of their life inside of a prison. however, what may happen is that remember the federal charges are still open. those federal charges, there's a possibility that these three defendants or one of them or two of them actually made guilty to try to get a lesser sentence to make it concurrent to the sentence that this judge is going to actually sent tense them to. but just remember in terms of what will happen next, they're going to appeal that. is granted. we know from all the objections and requests for a mistrial that they set up for grounds in an appeal. will they be successful on appeal? i highly doubt it. however, what i will tell you,
what we learned from this trial, many things. we learned that a prosecutor was indicted. we learned that georgia didn't have a hate crimes statute when ahmaud arbery was killed. and now they do. the citizen's arrest statute that these three white men acted upon supposedly has now been re repealed. so much has happened because of ahmaud arbery's killing. and i hope this is a step forward for justice in this country. >> yeah, that is significant. bernarda, thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you. joe biden released a statement in response to the jury's decision that reads in part, while the guilty verdict reflects our justice system doing its job, that alone is not enough. instead, we must recommit ourselves to building a future of unity and shared strength where no one fears violence because of the color of their skin. coming up here on cnn
newsroom, the british prime minister says he's shocked and appalled after dozens of migrants die while trying to cross the frigid and dangerous waters of the english channel. the latest in a live report. when you really need to sleep you reach for the really good stuff. new zzzquil ultra helps you sleep better and longer when you need it most. it's non habit forming and powered by the makers of nyquil. new zzzquil ultra. when you really really need to sleep.
it is believed to be the worst disaster involving migrants trying to cross the english channel. at least 27 people, including five women and a child, died off the coast of northern france wednesday. after a boat trying to reach britain capsized in the frigid waters. two migrants who survived are being treated for hypothermia. the french president and british prime minister say they will step up efforts to prevent migrants from making these dangerous crossings. the french interior minister had this to say about who bears the most blame. >> translator: i want to say here who is primarily
responsible for this situation is the smugglers. that is to say criminals who, for a few thousand euros, organize human trafficking, and then use these people to bring them to belgium, the netherlands, france, especially to cross the channel, and to go to great britain. >> our correspondents are tracking developments and reaction on both sides of the english channel. nic robertson is in dover, england. and jim bittermann is in paris. jim, let's start with you. what is the french president saying about this tragedy, and what does he plan to do about it, particularly as mentioned there, these smugglers? >> i think there's a couple things going on here. one of the things the french president said overnight is he does not want the english channel becoming a graveyard for migrants. and that i think sort of sets the tone, perhaps the conversation he had with boris
johnson overnight. today, the interior minister of france and the home office minister in great britain are going to be meeting and talking. exactly what kind of practical measures that they can take. but we're hearing some alarming statistics. in addition to the fact that 27 people died yesterday, about the number of crossings, for example. yesterday, there were 255 according to the interior minister. 255 people who succeeded in making it across the english channel. and 671 people who were stopped from going across. and the french say that they have got almost 800 police officers that are watching the coast, trying to stop this kind of thing from happening. so the french are emphasizing what they're doing, and they're trying to sort of spread the possibility. mr. macron said last night he wants to see more effort on the part of france's neighbors in europe, the netherlands, belgium
and germany. apparently, this rubber raft that sank yesterday was purchased in germany. at least that's what the interior minister told us. and as a consequence, they would like to have some more cooperation with the neighbors in europe. rosemary? >> there in dover, england, there's a lot of finger pointing going on. what is the uk prime minister saying about this, and how does he plan to stop this from happening again? >> reporter: he says they need to break the business model of the smuggling networks, these enter national criminal org saugss. and evidence has been put before parliament about the migrant issue. it shows many of the migrants getting in boats along the coast of france only arrived there that day. these criminal gangs will hold them in belgium or in holland or in other countries and then move them into france, really within the last 24 hours.
so boris johnson is saying that's a criminal enterprise that needs to be broken. but it was also taking sort of a targeting the french action, if you will. he said the british have offered to give more support. in fact, they've offered to send british officers os over to hel the french on the beaches. hoping to galvanize the french to take that seriously and perhaps take them up on that offer. the indications are from the french, they have enough forces. it's not an issue. and having enough officers, we're talking about up to several hundred miles of coastline that is being affected here. but i was speaking a few minutes ago here with the british politician, the conservative lawmaker from this constituency, a member of boris johnson's party, who had been under increasing pressure for their migrant policies.
i said to her, why are the government's policies failing. she immediately pointed the finger at the french, saying that the french police yesterday were standing on the beaches, watching these migrant put to sea, and are not stopping them. i think the level of pressure, political pressure that this government here, the uk government is under is large. and they're resorting at the moment to blaming the other side. it doesn't look good. but within that animosity, a resolution, an improvement of the situation has to be found. >> and jim, let's go back to you for the reaction. have the french said anything about the blame coming back on them? their police apparently watching these boats go across the english channel, what'sing with said about that? >> well, they basically i think tried to spread the responsibility somewhat in the sense that they want the european neighbors to help. but they point the finger at the brits and say look, they have to
change the way that their immigration policies are working. this is what the interior minister told the reporters this morning. the fact is, they believe that it's too attractive to go to britain, and attraction is what is driving this flow of migrants across the channel. i have to say too, one of the things, this animosity that you're seeing on this issue is just a continuation of the animosity that we have seen practically all fall, first with the usk, the fishing issues. so it sort of stops there, that prevents any kind of real cooperation between the two countries. so it will be interesting to see if they can work this out. this is very practical problem that they have here. and both sides realize they have to do something, but the question is what? >> yeah, indeed. our thanks to both of you, joining us from there. the u.s. embassy in kiev is
warning of unusual military activity along russia's border with ukraine and in crimea. it says security conditions could change without notice. satellite images appear to show russia gathering close to 100,000 troops along with tanks and military hardware. and ukraine is launching a special operation along its border with belarus, aimed at preventing a migrant crisis, similar to the one that erupted between belarus and poland. planes, trains, and automobiles, all expected to see a boost in use over the thanksgiving holiday. but with increased travel comes long lines, short tempers, and the rising risk of covid. we'll have the latest on holiday travel. another day, another covid record. how infections are spiraling out of control in germany and elsewhere across europe.
introducing dermageek featuring top dermatologist recommended ingredients and 0% fillers. dermageek's new detoxifying facial serum contains twice the amount of beta hydroxy acid. it delivers two times more exfoliation for brighter skin, with dermatologist tested levels of hydration. get top derm-ingredients at a fraction of the price. try the new dermageek skincare lineup, with a money-back guarantee.
a thanksgiving tradition is returning to prepandemic form. the macy's thanksgiving day parade will get underway just a few hours from now in new york city. not only will the crowds be back, but we will see some new balloons as well, inclouding ones inspired by "star wars" and mcdonald's. this is the 95th year for the popular thanksgiving day parade. well, along with the holidays coming traveling long distances to be with loved ones. aaa predicts thanksgiving travel in the u.s. will hit prepandemic levels this year, and the tsa expects to screen more than 20
million travelers across the country. but top u.s. disease expert dr. anthony fauci says traveling to be with family and friends should not nene putting yourself at risk of getting civic. >> if, in fact, you have to travel, and we know that increases the risk of infection, when you travel. if you go to an airport, for example, which is an indoor setting, make sure you keep your masks on. once you get on the plane, it's a requirement for having a mask on. but what people sometimes don't do, they get into the indoor setting of a crowded airport, particularly around food courts where people are taking their masks off, just be very careful. you can have an enjoyable, restful thanksgiving in a traditional way in a vaccinated setting. do that. don't just deprive yourself of that. but be careful, particularly when you travel. and cnn's stephanie elam has more on the holiday rush.
>> i think we only realized this was going to be the busiest travel day of the year. >> reporter: it's the first thanksgiving since covid shots started going into arms. >> it's good to get away. >> it's good to feel normal again. >> reporter: and americans are traveling near prepandemic levels. but before getting to that, travelers have to get through this. >> figured it would be more packed than usual, just not this intense. >> reporter: the tsa estimating 20 million people will fly for the thanksgiving holiday, a pandemic travel record. and a far cry from the pal try numbers this name last year. aaa forecasting air travel will be up 80% from 2020. for days, airport officials reminding everyone to be early, patient, and marketed. washington's reagan national airport tweeting, just an airport, standing in front of its passengers, asking them to arrive two hours early. but some americans are skipping the airport all together. opting to hit the road. >> i didn't want to spend too
much time with security lines and i thought it would be faster to drive than to fly. and it would probably be safer. i don't have to deal with the crowds. >> reporter: aaa predicting more than 48 million people will be driving for the holiday. an 8% increase from last year. >> just hopefully the traffic is not bad, because if it is, i'm going to cry. >> reporter: while drivers won't be fighting tsa hypes, they will be dealing with record high gas prices. the average price for a gallon of gas is $3.40, the highest price for the monday before thanksgiving in nearly a decade. >> you just got to pay it, i suppose. nothing you can do about it. >> reporter: but no matter the traffic, crowds and cost, millions say they are just thankful they can once again gather with loved ones. >> despite the risk to pick up the aspects of my life this thanksgiving eve, i'm thrilled to be going to connecticut to spend the holiday with my son
and it's just very special. >> reporter: and while it doesn't look busy behind me right now, los angeles international and other airports are warning people that the busiest travel day of november might just be sunday after everyone comes back from the gatherings. stephanie elam, cnn, los angeles. and those gatherings are coinciding with a rash of new covid cases flaring across the country. the u.s. is approaching 100,000 new infections per day. cnn's elizabeth cohen breaks down the numbers and shows us the hot spots. >> let me show you what's going on. if you look at this graph, last spring, the numbers were starting to come down. then you see that huge surge in the middle, that camel's hump. that was the delta variant doing its work over the summer and the fall. now you see the numbers coming back up again unfortunately. they went up, then down, and now they're coming back up again, all the way to the right side of
that graph, resulting in this. you can see that most of the country here is in red. that means high levels of community transmission. and i want to talk about how quickly this has happened. let's take a look at a map of the united states from october 21st, about a month ago. you only see one state in red. that means only in one state were cases going up. now take a look at that same exact map, but today. now you see that in 27 states, cases are rising. so it doesn't take long for cases to go back up again. perhaps the most important number for all of us to remember, 1100 people in the united states dying every day of covid-19. do not let this be you. do not let this be your loved ones. get vaccinated. and if you were vaccinated more than six months ago, get a booster. the centers for disease control and prevention is
warning the new flu season could be starting. increased flu activity has been detected among young adults and college students. the cdc says vaccination rates against the flu are still low this year. anyone aged six months and older can receive a flu shot. the agency warns that if the flu and the coronavirus both spread, it could stress health care systems. the european cdc is calling for urgent public health measures to combat the dramatic covid surge. germany is among the worst hit countries. it just topped 100,000 total coronavirus deaths and broke its daily case record for the second day in a record. mean while, france is expected to announce new covid measures in the coming hours. infection levels there are at their highest sense august. and cnn's phil black joins me now live from london. good to see you, phil. with these surging cases across
europe, what measures are being considered by the european lead sners >> it looks like country also have no choice but to toughen restrictions. in germany, 100,000 dead, just as they are recording these big jumps in infections. on wednesday, new cases were a new record. 67,000 in one day. now, in a sense, this was long predicted. winter was always going to be difficult, more people in doors, more opportunities for transmission. but on top of that, vaccine coverage is still patchy. it can vary enormously from country to country. and of particular concern is that you are seeing big jumps in numbers of countries that do have significant vaccination coverage like the netherlands. one theory there according to experts is you perhaps are already seeing vaccine protection immunity diminishing, particularly in countries that
began their rollout early. if that is true, the timing here is really challenging. we are moving deeper into winter with all the difficulties associated with that. and european countries are only beginning to ramp up their booster programs. there has been limited progress there. now, when we talk about these big numbers in europe, it's not the numbers in isolation that are concerning, but the right of incross. that is why experts believe that you're seeing these big spikes that will ultimately lead to continuing jumps across the three key pillars. infections, hospital admissions and deaths, unless governments start to change people's behavior forcefully or collectively populations decide to do so them echls is. but you could be seeing tightening restrictions in european countries. >> many thanks to phil black joining us live from london. thieves go after high-end stores in the united states,
♪ ♪ three more children who were injured in the wisconsin parade rampage are out of the hospital and are home for thanksgiving. ten children are still hospitalized for the injuries they suffered when an suv plowed into the parade. six people were killed. meanwhile, we have learned the suspect in the case wrote a letter to a judge in 2007, saying he had been diagnosed with mental disorders and often thought of suicide. darrell brooks is facing multiple homicide charges.
today's thanksgiving holiday in the u.s. is considered the start of the christmas shopping season, but before consumers head to the stores, thieves are smashing and grabbing pricey goods first. police say burglars raided an apple store in santa rosa, california in broad daylight, escaping with about $20,000 worth of merchandise. as nick watts reports, it was the latest in a string of similar crimes. >> reporter: oak brook, illinois, a coordinated smash and grab, overwhelming security. more than $100,000 in hand bags and more were stolen. and downtown san francisco this past weekend, more hit by a mob. >> this is not a problem limited to san francisco. >> reporter: just outside the city, burglars, arms filled with merch
merchandise, made their getaway. an employee was pepper sprayed. >> saw 50 to 80 people in ski masks, a bunch of weapons. >> reporter: they fled in ten cars. three arrests made, two guns recovered. sunday night, another raid at another bay area mall. >> the thing we are not used to is these groups willingness to shoot at people. >> reporter: at the xwroef down in l.a., a nordstrom was hit monday night. $5,000 worth of goods stolen, $15,000 worth of damage. this mall had beefed up security. >> you saw bad guys with 20 pound sledge hammers, having a very difficult time to break wi window, always they all have ballistic film on them. >> reporter: authorities are promising action. >> these people need to be held to account. we need to investigate these crimes and break up these crime rings. and we need to make an example
out of these folks. >> we will have tactical teams deployed. >> reporter: even when cops are quick to the scene, with a mob, many will still get away. so why is this happening right now? well, the stores are fully stocked for the holidays and there's also a market for stolen goods this time of year. and some experts tell us the penalties for this sort of crime just respect high enough. here in california, if you stale goods worth $950 or less, that's not a felony. that's just a misdemeanor. nick watt, cnn, los angeles. well, barry a week after heavy rains and floods battered british columbia, canada's western most province is bracing for more storms that could make matters worse. utility company bc
hydraestimates damage in the millions from the previous storms. officials expect the coming storm to be short-lived but may bring rains of up to 50 millimeters. and coming up, china fights to control the narrative repeatedly blocking cnn's coverage of the sexual assault allegations raised by tennis star peng shuai. just one pill a day. 24 hours. zero heartburn. because life starts when heartburn stops. take the challenge at prilosecotc dot com. i'm jonathan lawson here to tell you about life insurance through the colonial penn program. if you're age 50 to 85, and looking to buy life insurance on a fixed budget, remember the three ps. what are the three ps? the three ps of life insurance on a fixed budget are price, price, and price. a price you can afford, a price that can't increase,
and a price that fits your budget. i'm 54, what's my price? you can get coverage for $9.95 a month. i'm 65 and take medications. what's my price? also $9.95 a month. i just turned 80, what's my price? $9.95 a month for you too. if you're age 50 to 85, call now about the #1 most popular whole life insurance plan available through the colonial penn program. it has an affordable rate starting at $9.95 a month. no medical exam, no health questions. your acceptance is guaranteed. and this plan has a guaranteed lifetime rate lock so your rate can never go up for any reason. so call now for free information and you'll also get this free beneficiary planner. and it's yours free just for calling. so call now for free information.
tony here from creditrepair.com taking to the streets to talk about credit. can you repair your credit yourself? yes. -great. how? uhhh... how long does credit repair take? i don't know, like 10 years. what? are you insane? what's a good credit score? go. 600. maybe if you're trying to pay thousands extra in interest rates. cut the confusion, get started with a free credit evaluation at creditrepair.com. i know things barks it's under the couch driver or 3-wood? 3-wood. where do i find the right health plan? at healthmarkets. they search many of the nations most recognized carriers so they can help you find the right plan at the right price that's the right fit for you. how long does it take? healthmarkets can help you find a plan in minutes.
what if i'm on medicare? healthmarkets can help with that too! i'm self-employed. healthmarkets can help you find a health plan on the government exchange or off. how much does it cost? healthmarkets service is free and has helped americans get enrolled in over 5-million policies. barks it's under the couch. it's always under the couch and you can always count on healthmarkets to find a health plan fit for you. don't wait. save time. find the plan that fits you. call this number now or visit healthmarkets.com are you a christian author with a book that you're ready to share with the world?
get published now, call for your free publisher kit today! protestors in the solomon islands are defying a lockdown. they set fires in the capital for a second day. protestors from a later province have called for the government to respect the rights of self-determination of the native people to limit ties with china and resume development projects. a bombing in the somali capital has killed at least eight civilians and wounded 17 others. police tell state media a suicide car bomb went off near two schools and the home of a former president. it's believed the target was an armored vehicle associated with
the united nations, according to the police and the somali national news agency. according to state affiliated meter, the prime minister of ethiopia is now directing troops on the frontline of the country's civil war. but it's believed no new footage supporting that claim has been released, only older images. meanwhile, britain is the latest western power to advise its citizens to evacuate while commercial flights are operating. the u.n. secretary-general is calling for an end to the fighting. as cnn continues to cover the story of chinese tennis star peng shuai, our coverage is being sensored in china every step of the way. peng disappeared from the public eye for more than two weeks after alleging she was sexually assaulted by one of china's most senior communist leaders. cnn's will ripley has our report. >> you can see that as soon as you started talking about this
story, it went to color bars. when china's communist rulers don't like the message -- >> this is not being aired in china. >> reporter: they silence the messenger. they have an army of sensors waiting to push that button. cnn coverage of tennis star peng shuai, blocked inside china. >> it really tries to control the story and the narrative. >> reporter: controlling the narrative means scrubbing social media. her explosive post on november 2, erased within 30 minutes. look for the story, and you get this message -- sorry, no relate vanlt results found. the scandal, a high profile state propagandist referred to it as the thing people talked
about. no mention in the mainland's tv or digital media. outside, news outlets tweeting updates of peng. in english, on a platform blocked in their own country, an irony not lost on millions. some even mocking the state media tweets. peng is seen smiling, but not talking, at a tennis tournament. having dinner with friends and a chinese sports official, who just so happens to mention the exact date several times. cnn has no way to independently verify these videos or this email, supposedly from peng. to the head of the women's tennis association last week, claiming everything ask fine. a computer cursor visible in this apparent screen shot. the head of the wta telling jth outfront" he's not convinced. >> i'm just struggling to agree to that and don't believe that's the truth at all. >> reporter: the wta demanding
direct, unsensored communication with peng. the organization's repeated calls to the tennis star unanswered. >> china is well known for coercing statements to show that everything is fine. >> reporter: china's narrative, bolstered by the international olympic committee. the ioc handed out this single image of a video call sunday, along with statement summarizing the call, claiming peng is safe and well. totally ignoring her painfully detailed allegation of sexual assault. with billions in ad revenue on the line, critics call the ioc complicit in china's apparent silencing of a three-time olympian, who many fear is being held under duress, sep south carolinaed by c >> when cnn goes to the next
story, our signal returns. as china waits for the news cycle to move on, the pressure keeps growing. the world keeps demanding answers. and the censorship has actually been escalating in recent days. now, even when our cnn ticker at the bottom of the screen talks about peng shuai, the color bars come up. they are up right now. why is choina doing this? inside the country they ignore the story, and yet outside the story, there's this propaganda blitz on social media matt forms banned inside china. they recall trying to get their message out there and trying to avoid a very costly boycott of the beijing olympics, just three months away. and there's also this is a long-standing issue, rosemary, with china when it comes to
using social media to put out their version of events. they put pro china news stories in people's news feeds, to undermine democratically elected governments in places like the united states, taiwan, australia, and even the european union. in other words, even though they control their own internet very tightly, they take advantage of the free and open internet in other countries to try to destabilize those countries. and they have hundreds of thousands of people believed to be doing this, part of china's signer army. >> and we will continue to follow this story, of course. will ripley, many thanks for that report. jpmorgan's ceo is walking back some comments he made about his investment bank outliving china's ruling come in this case party. jamie dimon told an audience about a story he told during a trip to hong kong. >> i made a joke the other day
that i was just in hong kong, the communist party is celebrating its 100th birthday. so is jpmorgan. i can't say that in china. >> in a statement, he said i regret and should not have made that comment. i was trying to emphasize the strength of our company. "time" magazine released its top 100 photos of 2021. including a girl thrilled at winning a big u.s. spelling bee. a distraught woman in greece, and a palestinian girl whose home was demolished in may. thank you for your company. i'm rosemary church. for those of you here in theite, have your severals a safe and happy thanksgiving with your
loved ones. cnn newsroom continues now. unlike ordinary memory supplements, neuriva plus fuels six key indicators of brain performance. more brain performance? yes, please! neuriva. think bigger. clerk: hello, how can i? sore throat pain? ♪honey lemon♪ try vicks vapocool drops. in honey lemon chill. for fast-acting sore throat relief. wooo vaporize sore throat pain with vicks vapocool drops. and a palestinian girl whose and a palestinian girl whose
with great deals on fan favorites from today. join over a million members by signing up for free on the xfinity app. our thanks. your rewards. hello and a very warm welcome to our viewers joining us in the united states and right around the world. i'm isa soares in london and just ahead right here on "cnn newsroom." >> been a long fight. it's been a hard fight. but god is good. >> ahmaud arbery's mother addresses supporters after a jury found three men guilty of murder in the death of her son. tragedy in the english channel. 27 people are dead after their boat capsized.
Uploaded by TV Archive on