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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:

  • 74596_129289523905506_927477597_n_max50


    over 2 years ago


    Go figure.

  • John_groh_max50


    over 2 years ago


    Come to think of it. Maybe the family of this child should take the media to court for misleading the public into believing that this child is a gang banger in training. That would be a good way to pay for this young mans education so he can reach his goals, what ever they turn out to be.

  • Policememorial---a_max50


    over 2 years ago


    Bump skanea1 - The only reason they are apologizing is because they got caught lying their asses off! Typical liberal media scumbags...

  • John_groh_max50


    over 2 years ago


    Bump Spencer on this one. The media should show the entire interview. I hate it when the media take things out of contect or omit facts.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 2 years ago

    The media is ridiculous these day. Law enforcement seems to suffer more often than not, by a good deal of the "stories" they run.

  • Thinker_max50


    over 2 years ago


    Certainly not the first nor the last time the media reports false and misleading information whether intentional or not...

  • Cops4christ_max50


    over 2 years ago


    here is one case where OUTRAGE is fitting...the media has their own incentives and we all know what makes the headlines for them...

    i agree that they should show the entire footage where the child finishes his statement...

  • 2008_masonic_coin_max50


    over 2 years ago


    What they shoud have said was;

    "We accept responsibility for the deliberate lies and misleading editing we did with this story. Our intent was to sensationalize a story and take advantage of any racial tensions that would occur so that we could sell newspapers. Management was fully aware of this story and are now trying to mitigate [cover or asses] any lawsuits we may get hit with as a result this deliberate act. We should not have aired video of the child (instead we should have thought of a different way to sensationalize this story). We are disciplining (scapegoating) our employees to prevent this from occuring in the future (getting caught)."

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 2 years ago

    I would be the FIRST one out the damn door, to help this boy achieve his dream however I could. Not twisting his words to make him look like a fledgling criminal X-(

  • Img_3413_sq90_max50


    over 2 years ago


    Interesting instead of them saying they should have shown the WHOLE statement where the young boy said he wanted to be a Police Officer they instead said they should not have aired the young boy's statement. It does make me wonder if they feel that way because they don't want to show a young child especially a black child say his goal was to be a Police Officer. Don't they want people to know that a black child has such a fine goal?

  • Laila_057_max50


    over 2 years ago


    He is just four years old. Shame, shame on you ignorant!!!

  • White_shirt_max50


    over 2 years ago


    Open mouth insert foot. Hope the child works toward his goal and keeps his act in line.

  • Snoopy_6_max50


    over 2 years ago


    We're doomed. The media screwed up. Life as we know it will soon cease to exist! I hope this young man fulfills his dream!

  • 1979_max50


    over 2 years ago


    Gee, whio would have ever imagined that the media would edit taping to make innocent statements seems criminal and vice-versa? Thumbs up to the little kid, and thumbs down to the vicious POS that edited this tape for his own actions!

  • Eagle_and_flag_max50


    over 2 years ago


    The media making a mistake? Say it ain't so!!

    Somehow, this does not surprise me in the least!!

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