“In North Charleston the officer executed a fleeing man, while in Ferguson an officer used appropriate force to defend himself, but CNN represented the story as an officer executing a fleeing man anyway.”
I literally just saw this minutes ago, so I can’t provide a link, and because smug, biased, despicable-beyond-words CNN morning anchor Carol Costello caused my head to explode with her commentary, the accuracy of my quotes may be a little off.
My brains hit the ceiling the second Costello said, “Unlike the shooting of Mike Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer, the shooting of Walter Scott in North Charleston was captured on video. Witnesses in the Ferguson case disagreed about key facts in the shooting, and about whether Brown’s hands were up or not.”
Disgusting journalism, and close to pure evil. How long did Carol labor over that deceitful phrasing? Though Mike Brown’s shooting has been decisively shown by the credible eye-witness testimony and forensic evidence to have been consistent with the police officer’s account, and though the witnesses claiming that Brown was surrendering have been shown to be following the lead of CNN guest Dorian Johnson, who lied about what happened and set off the nationwide “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” protest theme, Costello and CNN are deliberately linked the two incidents, suggesting in tone and context that had there been a video, Darren Wilson might have been shown to be an executioner too.Oh, it’s clever: my accusation is plausibly deniable. ‘Why, the point of this comparison is to show how the response to the event was so much faster and more transparent in North Charleston!’ I don’t believe it. Saying that authorities have learned from Ferguson’s mistakes is one thing; comparing the two shootings and suggesting that they are (or may have been) the same but for the absence of a video in one continues to keep the “Hands Up!” lie alive. And I believe that is Costello’s intent.
Protesters in South Carolina are linking the two shootings, too.
The reason authorities have moved faster in South Carolina is that there isn’t a media-driven, counter-factual false narrative being built by activists, politicians and CNN that made rational investigation and analysis of what happened impossible with all the hysteria and lies flying around. If Ferguson and state authorities moved as quickly in the wake of Brown’s shooting as in the response to Scott’s death, Wilson would have been fired and indicted, and would have had to stand trial. Then he would have been acquitted (one hopes), and pundits could call that racism too. That is what CNN’s talking heads wanted, and apparently they still are wistful that they couldn’t make it happen.
CNN’s directly comparing the two shootings as if the differences are hard to discern is reckless, dishonest, unfair, irresponsible and incompetent, and continues to support the false Ferguson narrative that the Justice Department report on Ferguson should have obliterated. One shooting was a murder, and the other wasn’t. Comparing the responses to the two shootings is a valid exercise, but CNN continues to hint that if only there had been a video, Mile Brown might get justice.