Yesterday frequent Blogging Blue commenter Denis Navratil commented about protesters shouting “What do we want! Dead cops! When do we want it! Now!” Here’s Denis’ comment:
At face value, protesters screaming about wanting dead cops seems pretty awful, but what’s more awful is that the protesters in question never said anything about wanting dead cops; their chants were “creatively” edited by a local Fox affiliate to appear that way. Here’s the full report from Talking Points Memo.
A Baltimore Fox affiliate apologized Monday night for a report it ran over the weekend that deceptively edited protesters to look like they were chanting “kill a cop.”
Gawker originally caught WBFF chopping up footage of a protest chant to sound like incitement to murder police on Monday.
The chant went “we won’t stop, we can’t stop, ’til killer cops, are in cell blocks,” according to C-SPAN footage.
But WBFF cut the audio short and told viewers that the words were in fact “we won’t stop, we can’t stop, so kill a cop.”
The station apologized both on its Facebook page and in an interview with one of the protestors leading the chant, Tawanda Jones.
This story strikes me as yet another example of the supposedly impartial news media drumming up controversy where none exists simply for the sake of having something “juicy” to report on, and it’s absolutely galling to me that a “legitimate” news source could be so irresponsible and reckless.