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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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    lajustice

    over 2 years ago

    1178 Comments

    I mean come everybody, what else can you expect from the media. They are extremely biased, anyone who thinks they are impartial needs to wake up. They live off of exploiting fear and evil. If they didn't then the papers would at least have a few good stories. A child wanting to do good and the media twisted it to further their agenda of evil in the world. At least for once they didn't get away with it.

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    matts123

    over 2 years ago

    44 Comments

    after watching that video that just made me think what else has the media gotten away with. why would you want a kid look like he wants to go out an kill people that crazy like ive always been told belive none of what you hear an only half of what you see

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    Bnshape

    over 2 years ago

    662 Comments

    Someone either has a very big mouth or a very small foot
    either way, a foot with doo-doo on it was in someone's mouth.
    I hope this young kid reaches his dreams.

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    Anonymous

    over 2 years ago

    Shame on them! And good for you little man. I hope you are afforded every chance to pursue your dreams.

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    maxxoccupancy

    over 2 years ago

    328 Comments

    I've been saying this for years, "Don't trust the liberal media." Almost every story I've heard, seen, or read where I had first hand knowledge of the story has been inaccurate, sometimes to the point of obvious, malicious lying. That's why, when we see news stories about cops (and private citizens) "getting caught," I continue with, "innocent until proven guilty." Don't believe everything you see.

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    CAHPson

    over 2 years ago

    122 Comments

    This isn't news to me...this news reporting is old news to many, especially police officers. Take this for example, a SRO deploys his taser at a, lets say 15 year old girl. What will the head lines be? "TASER TORTURE AT LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL"...they may have left out the important details b/c they are less than a story!

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    LanaNJ

    over 2 years ago

    6246 Comments

    just watched the clip, and a Bump to Wiseass0282.

    I Would love to see ths kid in a Uniform one day, and as he grows understands what LE is all about. He's a cute kid, and he's already Brave at heart-Says Volumes.

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    Andrea312

    over 2 years ago

    518 Comments

    Bump copper380

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    LanaNJ

    over 2 years ago

    6246 Comments

    BIG BUMP Dallas. I stopped trusting Media and their sensationalized stories years ago when they flubbed up a Body Count in an accident that I unfortunately saw the aftermath of. It's a sad day when you have to read 3-4 different versions of a Story, and dicipher what's true. Like Top_Cat Said-Just the Facts!

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    CAZ

    over 2 years ago

    1428 Comments

    For once I just wish the news would have to pay in a way that will teach them a lesson about this kind of thing. If its not a kid being made to look bad or a cop or a innocent bystander it seems they never pay for their mistakes if you can call them that.

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    alex11991

    over 2 years ago

    1978 Comments

    lol@ topcat.....yeah. A lot has changed since we were kids. No one ever wanted to be the bad guy, we always had to make someone be the bad guy, lol.

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    alex11991

    over 2 years ago

    1978 Comments

    Anither great example of media screwing the details up, as for the boy. I hope he does get his wish and become a cop one day.

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    copper380

    over 2 years ago

    2026 Comments

    between this and the current msnbc commercials, I will stick to FOX. Proof POSITIVE the media twists information to sway opinion. I truly believe this is the same way our current so called president was elected. REPORT THE WHOLE STORY AND TRUTH, let the people decide or pack your crap and GET OFF THE AIR!!!!

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    philfroggy

    over 2 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Does not surprise me at all

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    AZmeangreen

    over 2 years ago

    2338 Comments

    Typical of CBS. Another reason I stick to alternative news & FOX.

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