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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:

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Another example of the media doing there homework. Big time fail here.

  • Radio2_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Bump Retleo..

  • Img00033-20091202-1845_1__max50


    about 3 years ago


    This was no mistake!!! This is another example of the media taking advantage of the child's demeaner to answer the questions asked of him. Great job at editing, poor judgement by the editor.

  • Hg_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Blunder aside, this country can be so hypocritical sometimes. Theres only ever a problem when that hypocrisy is shown to them.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    about 3 years ago


    Stepped on their own Johnson, did they ?? LMAO

  • Uniphone1_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Wow Top_Cat....You just brought back great memories with the mention of cap guns!! My friends and me had a blast with those things as well as the big plastic ball shotguns!! This boy has a lot of confidence and I wish him the best. He's obviously a natural-born "Guardian", but the media intended to present him as an "Artisan". Just another example of the moral-bankruptcy of the media. Stay up young Guardian,,,,Stay Up!

    "Train for the Fight"

  • Th_detective_max50


    about 3 years ago


    We accept responsibility for the mistakes that were made, both in the reporting and editing of the story.
    This was no "Mistake", it is typical of the usual trash reporting that CBS and its affiliates are known for. The main difference is that they got called out on this one. They are historically a very liberally slanted station with a strong anti-LEO side. Good for those who called them on this chracter assassination attempt on a child! Shame, shame, shame!

  • 309


    about 3 years ago


    I like to call this the "egg on face" event.

  • Bald-eagle-in-flight_860_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Bump skanea1. Assuming the media won't do a hack job editing is like assuming a politician will tell the truth.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    about 3 years ago


    When news breaks we fix it.............(the way we want). SAD.

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Bump skanea1!!!

  • Warn_a_brother_black_max50


    about 3 years ago


    NAACP....important to tell the whole truth....someone save that clip for sometime in the future

  • Littlegirltongue_max50


    about 3 years ago


    "conveniently omitted" hah. Bump Skanea1

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    It has frequently been my experience to see the media twist a story.Makes little difference to them wheather it is based on fact or not.

  • Cops4christ_max50


    about 3 years ago


    BUMP wise...i was thinking something like that too...even the local PD could reach out to that child for a positive police encounter...

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