CNN Commentator Blames Hillary Clinton For Terrorist Recruitment Video Featuring Donald Trump

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From the January 2 edition of CNN's CNN Newsroom:

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FREDRICKA WHITFIELD (HOST): Let me begin with you, Ben, on that and how this video by Al-Shabaab may in any way influence what is or is not said on the campaign trail.

BEN FERGUSON: Yeah, I don't think it will influence the election in any capacity. I mean if anything, they got their idea from Hillary Clinton when she mentioned putting Donald Trump in a video.

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ISIS, Al-Shabaab and other terrorists like this, they understand social media. They understand how to get media attention. As soon as that was said, I'm sure they said, "that's a great idea. Let's throw Donald Trump in there. We'll get even more publicity because of this, we'll get to bring Hillary Clinton into this." And it worked well for them.

Related:

ThinkProgress: Donald Trump Featured In New Terrorist Recruitment Video

Previously:

Media False Equivalence: Clinton's ISIS Statement Compared To Trump's Dangerous 9/11 Lies

Media Fixate On Clinton "Video" Remark, Ignore That ISIS Does Reportedly Recruit Using Trump's Islamophobia

Media Matters' Brock: "The Story Isn't What Donald Trump Wants The Story To Be," It's Trump's "Dangerous" Rhetoric

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