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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:


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    1good1bad1ugly

    over 2 years ago

    2770 Comments

    Great comment by BR_260354

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    1good1bad1ugly

    over 2 years ago

    2770 Comments

    Damage done. Apology a little late. I hope he grows up and goes into LE. You think the press will cover that as an after story? I doubt it. Hope the city gets him into a Cadet Program when he's old enough.

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    CPD82

    over 2 years ago

    466 Comments

    Gotta love it! They apologize for that but they'll never apologize for leaving out parts of a story anytime they have a chance to make the police look bad. To he'll with the media all together

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    brdkey

    over 2 years ago

    22 Comments

    Well I hope that young child goes through with he's dreams of being a Police Officer and doesn't turn to a life of violence and crime. God Bless That Child.

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    Platter25

    over 2 years ago

    250 Comments

    So they show a youngster that wants to be in a gang... If only they had let the whole video clip play, we would have known he wanted to be part of the best gang there is. Be safe to all you "brothers and sisters in blue".

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    bstites

    over 2 years ago

    1028 Comments

    I fn hate the media sometimes. They dont care about anything or anyone.

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    tstanfill63

    over 2 years ago

    1508 Comments

    yet another example of how the media puppets people around.

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    maxxoccupancy

    over 2 years ago

    328 Comments

    +1 lajustice. They could at least wait until he has a badge before they assassinate his character.

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    s3sk

    over 2 years ago

    3308 Comments

    some of those media members should try living where that 4 year old lives and see how they act then. they would hide behind the 4 year old.

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    alexy

    over 2 years ago

    3970 Comments

    They ddidn't "mis-quote him" the intentionally edited the clip to make it appear he was just looking for a gun.

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    cricket12345

    over 2 years ago

    74 Comments

    I can not understand why they would leave the most important part of a little four year old response out. What is this world coming to when the media misquotes a four year old?

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    BR_260354

    over 2 years ago

    338 Comments

    Son, come to Texas. We'd be proud to have you serving our citizens.

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    alexy

    over 2 years ago

    3970 Comments

    Chicago media doesn't like the police ... go figure...

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    OS441

    over 2 years ago

    1038 Comments

    Imagine that. The media makes Law Enforcement, it's potential future members and supporters look bad. I think I'll wet my pants.

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    Gunns

    over 2 years ago

    5224 Comments

    I ain 't surprised by this "mistake." This little boy has a dream, and I hope he makes it a reality. Nothing wrong with wanting to have a gun if you're one of the good guys. And yes CBS is complete bullcrap.

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