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Media Makes Boy Who Is Aspiring LEO Seem Violent

Media Makes Boy Who Is Aspiring LEO Seem Violent

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August 01, 2011

CHICAGO – Chicago CBS affiliate WBBM has issued an apology after taking the comments of a four-year-old child out of context in relation to a shooting in the area. The child tells a reporter that the shootings don’t scare him and that, when he grows up, “I’m going to have me a gun.” This makes the child seem to aspire to commit shootings himself, but it was taken out of context– the boy expected to have a gun because he wants to be a police officer.

The story in question involved a drive-by shooting in the area, and several locals were on about whether they were fearful of future attacks. The four-year-old in question responded “I’m not scared of nothing,” and when asked if he would stay away from guns, retorted “I’m going to have me a gun!” And that’s where the original broadcast ends. The next line that was conveniently omitted? “I’m going to be police!”

The Maynard Institute rounded up the outrage in the academic community about portraying a four-year-old black boy as a “gangbanger in waiting”– and the NAACP reacted to the piece with disgust. NAACP President Ben Jealous noted in a recorded statement that his first reaction to the video was wondering where the child’s parents were, but later called the inclusion of that clip without context “disturbing,” both as an NAACP president and as a former journalist.

It didn’t take long for the WBBM to respond, and immediately apologize for the gaffe. Gawker has the apology from the station:

“We accept responsibility for the mistakes that were made, both in the reporting and editing of the story. The video of the child should not have aired. As soon as news management identified the problem, they took immediate steps to ensure that the video would not air in subsequent newscasts. In addition, we have followed up with our employees to make sure that we all have learned from the mistakes that were made.”

It’s entirely unclear whether the “follow up with our employees” included pink slips, but as far as media spin goes, it doesn’t get much worse than making a four-year-old look bloodthirsty.

The video below is divided into three segments: The original WBBM report as it aired, the full footage of the child saying he wanted to be a police officer, and the statement from NAACP President Ben Jealous:

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    Way to go kid, was it just me or did the NAACP spokesman sound like the journalist?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    My cover off to the little man for being bold enough in his turff to say he wants to make a diffrence by becomming a Policeman someday. "Way to go my little LEO"!!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    The 1st.rule when dealing with the "Media @ Large" is always to remper is the press is out to get market share by selling the Bad & the Ugly . That's what sells.
    any good reported if at all is usually @ the end of a newscast. We in law enforcement see the worst side of human life 1st hand usually just after it happened.Sometimes we see the best side.That's one of the best parts of the job for me. But it is not usually "Breaking News" The viewing public needs to hold the News Reporting Media more accountable on a daily basis and some of this stuff will stop. cudos to the local NAACP.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    FUTURE SUPERVISOR...............YOU GO KID !!!!!!

  • Txbadge_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Absolutely typical media. And this is the type of stuff they do while they stir up manufactured controversies to make out the police as racist. There are no true journalists any more.

  • Fallen_20heroes_max50


    about 3 years ago


    They didn't learn anything!!!! They will show anything to cause controversy! They only show you what they want and wait for the reaction. In War they show you the negative images and with LEO's they give you the negatives and let you build an negative opinion of each and every circumstance without telling all as they did with this young boy!!!! The Media is one of our worst enemies period!

  • Here_and_there_052_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Pretty disgusting media coverage, but, unfortunately, no surprise in this day and age. I hope the local PD reaches out to the little guy and tries to ensure that he follows up on his dream--we need more cops and less bangers, that's for dang skippy!

  • Gmail_max50


    about 3 years ago


    the media is half the problem in this world. god bless that little boy follow your dreams!

  • Police_20cars_20082606_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Gotta love how the media shows the public only the parts of the stories that they want them to see. Good luck to that little boy in his future plans.

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Go Lil man! aspiring police Officer, media disgust me for putting the spin on this .....
    Good Luck Lil man! Stay strong!

  • Me_last_wk_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Sounds like a great kid and future cadet to me

  • 100_0801_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Thumbs up to the kid. Thumbs down to the idiots in media that create half of the problems in our country. Im with 1good1bad1ugly, I do hope he gets into a program as soon as he is old enough. Good luck little buddy. Never give up hope to get out of that neighborhood and into the force!

  • Est_training_with_kansas_city_metro_037_max50


    about 3 years ago


    What???? The media put a spin on someone's statements? Weird.

  • L_ae1b658846e2d300078fb1b39c85f297_max50


    about 3 years ago


    CONVENIENTLY OMMITTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wonder why cops hate the media???????????????

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    Poor Little Guy! GOOD JOB TO THE PARENTS!! The boy wants to be better than where he lives, he wants to better where he lives, amazing!

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