Police arrest man who threatened to kill CNN employees

CNN's headquarters building in Atlanta Georgia seen on Aug. 2 2014

CNN's headquarters building in Atlanta Georgia seen on Aug. 2 2014. Michael A. Schwarz—Bloomberg Getty Images

A MI man has been accused of threatening to travel to Atlanta to commit mass murder at CNN headquarters, reports CBS Atlanta affiliate WGCL-TV. "I am on my way right now to gun the f - kin' CNN cast down".

Griesemer made a total of 22 calls to the broadcaster on January 9-10, threatening to kill the staff and making racist remarks, the broadcaster said.

CNN released a statement on Monday stating the network is in touch with law enforcement. The male caller "made derogatory comments relating to the mosque and Muslims". I have more guns than you. In a phone call with police, Griesemer "stated that he had called the mosque on September 19, and that he was angry at the time of the call".

A MI man has been arrested for allegedly threatening to carry out a mass shooting at CNN's Atlanta headquarters in a series of hostile phone calls earlier this month.

"Fake news! I'm coming to gun you all down", the caller said in another instance.

The FBI launched an investigation following this and arrested Griesemer last week.

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Two days later, Ann Arbor police contacted Griesemer's mother at the family's home, where Griesemer lived.

On January 10, CNN received the fourth call from the same cell phone number used to make the three prior threats, the affidavit said.

They began with claims of "fake news" and ended with threats of violence.

President Donald Trump has frequently cited CNN has using "fake news" and bestowed the Atlanta-based news operation four "Fake News Awards" last week.

The caller again threatened to come to the Atlanta headquarters to "gun every single last one of you", the affidavit said. CNN has been a regular target of the president's "fake news" attacks; the president has also shared violent images featuring the cable news giant, including pictures of the CNN logo crushed under a shoe and a GIF of the president personally attacking the CNN logo.

"I think it is unseemly that the president would attack journalists for doing their jobs, and encourage such anger at the media", said Dean Baquet, executive editor of the The New York Times.

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