Photos show protestors vandalizing CNN Center sign
By Matt Collins Article may include affiliate links
Photos emerged on social media Friday, May 29, 2020 showing protestors allegedly spray painting the giant CNN logo that sits outside one of the entrances to CNN Center in Atlanta.
Protestors climbed atop the @CNN sign outside the network's HQ in Atlanta, CNN Center, and spray painted messages on the sign. Live pictures from WGCL: https://t.co/V5HH4x7lk4 pic.twitter.com/KAcqRrGWba
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 29, 2020
CNN’s Brian Stelter appeared to confirm the incident by tweeting a screenshot from WGCL, which was had cameras on the ground and in the air.
— Raisa Habersham (@newsworthy17) May 29, 2020
In addition to the apparent spray painting, protestors are also climbing on top of the letters in the photos.
WGCL is reporting that the protests are connected the alleged murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, allegedly at the hands of police officers.
It’s not immediately clear why the CNN logo was targeted.
A CNN reporter was arrested live on the air earlier May 29 while on the ground covering protests in Minnesota.
The CNN logo is a sort of outdoor sculpture and is a popular photo op in the city, especially for visitors to the multiuse complex that also serves as the world headquarters for the network.
CNN was founded in Atlanta and for years most major rolling news programming originated from studios inside the building.
Over the years, however, dayside programming has shifted to first the Time Warner Center and then the network’s new Hudson Yards facility in New York City.
Both CNN and sister network HLN continues to originate programming from Atlanta, including CNN’s “New Day” weekend editions and “Morning Express” on HLN.