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  • CNN host Wolf Blitzer signed off on Friday with an
    encouraging message after his network and numerous Democratic
    officials were threatened with explosive mail packages this
    week.
  • Blitzer’s monologue came after the arrest of
    56-year-old Cesar Sayoc Jr., who is suspected of being
    connected to more than a dozen mail bombs that were sent to
    CNN’s offices in New York City and to Democratic
    operatives
  • “CNN isn’t just made up of people that you see on
    camera, like me and our other correspondents,” Blitzer said.
    “It’s made up of thousands and thousands of very hardworking,
    very dedicated, very caring people here in the United States
    and indeed around the world.”
  • “Those were the people who were put at risk by these
    improvised explosive devices,” Blitzer added. “People whose
    names and faces you will never see. People who work at our mail
    rooms, handle our deliveries, and work so hard to keep all of
    us safe.”

CNN host
Wolf Blitzer signed off on Friday with an encouraging message
after his network and numerous Democratic officials were
threatened by explosive mail packages this week.

“Finally, tonight, if you’ll indulge me, I want to say a few
words about this week,” Blitzer said during CNN’s “The Situation
Room.” “A historic week indeed.”

“The people who work here at CNN do their very, very best to
report the news fairly, accurately, and responsibly,” Blitzer
said. “Of course we make mistakes, but when we do, we acknowledge
them and we fix them. That’s the role of journalists.”

Blitzer’s monologue comes after the arrest of 56-year-old Cesar
Sayoc Jr., who is suspected of being connected to more than a
dozen mail bombs that were sent to CNN’s offices in New York City
and to Democratic operatives, including Bill and Hillary Clinton,
former President Barack Obama, the offices of Democratic Reps.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Maxine Waters.

One of the packages, which was addressed to MSNBC contributor and
former CIA director John Brennan, was dropped off at CNN’s
offices by a mail courier mid-morning on Wednesday.

No one was injured from any of the packages as of Friday evening.


one of the packages
An
image of the package addressed to Democratic Rep. Debbie
Wasserman Schultz.


FBI


“CNN isn’t just made up of people that you see on camera, like me
and our other correspondents,” Blitzer said. “It’s made up of
thousands and thousands of very hardworking, very dedicated, very
caring people here in the United States and indeed around the
world.”

“People just like you: men and women who have children, men and
women who have families, men and women who have lives — just like
all of our viewers. People want to go home to those children,
people want their lives back after working hard all day, and it
can be very, very tense.”

“Those were the people who were put at risk by these improvised
explosive devices,” Blitzer said. “People whose names and faces
you will never see. People who work at our mail rooms, handle our
deliveries, and work so hard to keep all of us safe.”

Blitzer continued: “Many others were put at risk as well: postal
workers, clerks, mail carriers, inspectors, police officers, bomb
technicians. We are so, so lucky they weren’t hurt. I think I
speak for all of my colleagues here in the United States and
around the world when I say ‘thank you’ to those folks, those
people you never see, for discovering these devices and for
keeping us safe.”


cesar soyac
A photo of suspect Cesar
Soyac Jr.

Broward
County


The attempted bombings come amid the midterm election season,
where political operatives have vigorously campaigned to either
retain control or flip a congressional seat.

Sayoc, a Florida resident, is believed to have been a political
activist and was seen attending at least one Trump campaign rally
in 2017. His suspected social media accounts also appeared to
send threatening messages to Trump’s critics.

As voters head to the polls, President Donald Trump accused media
organizations,
particularly CNN
, of politicizing its news coverage to try
and “score political points.”

Blitzer, along with other news anchors from various networks,
have continued to dispute Trump’s assertion and pledged to
continue reporting the news.

“And I could assure you, CNN will keep doing what it does:
reporting the news undeterred, unafraid, as we do every night,
including tonight,” Blitzer said. “Thanks very much for
watching.”

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