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How seriously does CNN take the important events of the day? As seriously as the above screencap from Twitter illustrates. As a commenter at William Jacobson’s Legal Insurrection blog quips, “in a hundred thousand years, an alien archeologist digging through ancient Earth civilization will come to the conclusion that Kim Kardashian was Queen of our planet at this time.”

Our alien archeologist might also conclude that this gentleman was enough of an expert on data mining, the War on Terror, and American national security as to warrant the following description on his Chyron:

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Finally, never let it be said that CNN doesn’t take seriously the notion of freedom, liberty, and the First Amendment:

On Sunday’s edition of Global Public Square, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria invited Mona Eltahawy to offer her perspective on the anti-government protests in Turkey and the rights of women in the Muslim world. It is unclear what qualifies Eltahawy as an authority on rights of any kind, since she is currently being prosecuted for defacing a poster on the New York City subway that she happened to dislike–a crime of which she is proud.

The poster, sponsored by Pam Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative, read: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”

Eltahawy took offense and attempted to spray-paint the word “racist” on the poster–in the process spray-painting a photographer who attempted to guard the poster. As she was being arrested, she complained: “This is non-violent protest.”

Something very strange has gotten into the water at CNN — and American viewers know it.