From The “American Journalism Is Crumbling Before Our Eyes” Files: Unethical Quote Of The Month: CBS Radio]

“The viral video of a beating and knife attack in Chicago suggests the assault had racial overtones. CBS’s Dean Reynolds tells us the victim is described as a mentally-challenged teenager.

In the video he is choked and repeatedly called the n-word. His clothes are slashed and he is terrorized with a knife. His alleged captors repeatedly reference Donald Trump. Police are holding four people in connection with the attack.”

—–From the CBS Radio News report on the horrific crime streamed on Facebook, where four young blacks  tortured a mentally teen, forcing him to say “Fuck Trump” and “Fuck white people.”

Time to roll over, Ed. Again.

Time to roll over, Ed. Again.

Fake news. The intent of the report is obviously to make a listener believe that four whites attacked a black teen. Mediaite, in its piece about the deceitful report, calls it “technically correct.” Wrong. A technically correct work of journalism does not intentionally mislead its readers. A technically correct work of journalism does not suggest an incident has “racial  overtones” but omit the material information that the attackers were black and the victim was white, while suggesting that the opposite was true.

The story was intentionally, not accidentally, presented as another “pro-Trump” hate crime: the attackers “referenced Donald Trump,” CBS claimed, which is a long, long way from “forced their bound victim to say ‘Fuck Donald Trump,'” so far away that the difference cannot be plausibly be explained as benign. The news writers couldn’t find a way to spin “Fuck white people” so the story could be falsely reported as white on black violence, so they omitted it from the account altogether.

Now, this was CBS. CBS! The proud U.S news pioneer, home of Edward R. Murrow,  Eric Severeid, Robert Trout, William Shirer,Walter Cronkite, Dan R…okay, okay, let’s stick with Edward R. Murrow,  Eric Severeid, Robert Trout, William Shirer, and Walter. This wasn’t Fake News Tonight, or BLMN, the Black Lives Matter Network. This was CBS, a trusted name in broadcasting since 1927, and it deliberately allowed a false and misleading story to go out under its call letters to inflame anti-white racial tensions and distort the truth of what occurred.

It is a major journalism scandal, and one that should be followed by investigations, firings, a corporate apology, and reform.

Observe with me and see if it is.

Any bets?

9 thoughts on “From The “American Journalism Is Crumbling Before Our Eyes” Files: Unethical Quote Of The Month: CBS Radio]

  1. Jack said:
    “Observe with me and see if it is. Any bets?”
    Yes, sir. Any amount you want up to $5, that CBS takes NO ACTION WHATSOEVER. If anything, and this would be a separate bet, they attempt to justify it as ‘technically accurate’, even though it is NOT. It is, in fact, abuse of freedom of the press, and an outright falsification. Sad.

    • I’m very much afraid you’re correct.

      Ok, that’s the diagnosis, what’s the remedy? Because we could really do with one. A Jaquerie by the great majority of ethical journalists? Mass resignations in protest? Mass firings of the guilty, bearing in mind they’re more likely to be the firers not the firees?

      • I’m really not sure, Zoe. Hitting them in the pocketbook is apparently not affecting them much. I’m sure you’re aware that the advertising they can sell is limited by subscription numbers for newspapers, and subscriptions have dropped to the extent that some papers are going on-line exclusively. As you mentioned, it’s the management promoting a lot of this, so mass firings are probably not going to happen.

        • I think there needs to be a change in the academy. Colleges and universities are the incubators of all this attitude. Until faculties start hiring iconoclasts, nothing will change in the media. These people come out of undergraduate programs completely programmed. The collapse of the academy is the real tragedy of the last forty years.

          • Undoubtedly true, but the change will need to be driven by the paying students. Until colleges and universities are hit monetarily, no change is going to happen.

  2. Jack,
    I haven’t met, talked to, or heard of anyone who was confused about the race of the victim or the attackers — after all, there is a VIDEO of the incident. Far be it from me to suggest the news media isn’t biased, but I don’t know that this is an example.

    The quote you cited came out well after the video had gone viral and so, if anything, the piece was supplemental.


    • That’s not evidence, Neil, that’s not an argument, that’s not even respectable. So you are saying that as long as anyone who investigates an incident knows a news report is misleading or false, then it doesn’t matter that the reporting was misleading and false? I didn’t watch the video—I don’t watch torture videos. If the CBS report was the first one I had see, I would have thought four white Trump fans had tortured a black kid.

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