#SomeoneTellCNN: CNN gets ridiculed on Twitter for calling Kenya a "Hotbed of Terror"

US President Barack Obama is visiting Kenya this week and CNN has been reporting on how the region is a so-called “Hotbed of Terror”.

CNN’s narrow characterization of Kenya has spawned a particularly heated and amusing backlash from well-informed Twitter users who got the mocking hash tag #SomeoneTellCNN trending worldwide.

Yes, Kenya has indeed been the location of a handful of isolated terror attacks in recent times, largely carried out by the militant group Al-Shabaab, which is based across the border in Somalia.

However, CNN’s characterization of Kenya as a “Hotbed of Terror” smacks of the kind of one-sided, negative, and sensationalized coverage of Africa that CNN and, to a broader degree, the Western media, have been guilty of over the years.

The vast majority of Kenya is safe. Most Kenyans have never experienced terrorism. The unfortunate attacks Kenya has suffered in recent years have been isolated events. Terrorism is the exception not the norm in Kenya.

Kenya is forecasted to have the third fastest-growing economy in the world and the fastest-growing economy in Africa in 2015. Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, has been a hotbed of technological innovation and entrepreneurship over the past few years, even spawning the moniker “Silicon Savanah” for itself. Kenya leads the world, by far, in mobile money. The equivalent of upwards of 40% of the country’s GDP flows through M-PESA, Kenya’s home grown mobile money platform.

Why is France not referred to as a “Hotbed of Terror” after three days of terror the country suffered during the Charlie Hebdo attacks?

Using CNN’s style, doesn’t CNN’s home country, the United States of America, fit the bill for being labelled a “Hotbed of Terror”, given the 9/11 attacks the country suffered in 2001?

Furthermore, America’s rate of gun attacks is the highest, by far, among countries not “officially” in a civil war. After all, just a few weeks ago, nine churchgoers attending a Bible study in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, were gunned down for no apparent reason other than their race. Shootings are now so commonplace in the US that such stories have become essentially a weekly affair. Doesn’t such sustained and random violence qualify as terrorism?

Here are a few of the #SomeoneTellCNN Tweets:

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