There is a long and dishonorable tradition of Lamestream media deceptively editing video and audio. It is always done in the service of progressive ideology. If the facts won’t support a properly progressive narrative, a bit of electronic alteration can bend the facts to the narrative. Fortunately, the kinds of people that do such things tend not to be very bright, and they are usually exposed. Sometimes, they’re even fired, but not nearly often enough.
One of the most egregious examples, from which the media learned nothing, occurred in 1993. NBC, determined to prove that GMC pickup trucks with sidesaddle gas tanks were horribly dangerous, had a problem. Their crash tests didn’t produce the danger they just knew was there, so they rigged a test with over-filled tanks, loosely applied gas caps, and flame-producing model rocket engines to get the desired result: a fiery crash. GM caught them, sued and won.
A number of recent examples revolved around the Trayvon Martin case. NBC altered the audio of George Zimmerman’s phone call to the police, editing out key text, to make him appear to be a racist. They were caught in that clumsy lie—this scruffy little blog played a small part in exposing them–and unusually, a few people lost their jobs, and the head of the news division eventually resigned. CNN claimed, in the same phone call, Zimmerman called Martin a “f***ing coon.” Unfortunately they hired an audio expert that conclusively proved Zimmerman said it was “f***ing cold,” which it was that night in Sanford. The correspondent couldn’t admit he was wrong and merely observed that the issue would continue to be controversial. This was true, if for no reason other than that CNN was making it so. No one is known to have been disciplined.
Fox News reports on the most recent CNN deception, which involves the case of Keith Lamont Scott:
A law enforcement group is charging CNN edited video of the racially charged police shooting of a Charlotte, N.C., man to make officers look bad.
Blue Lives Matter, an organization comprised of active or retired law enforcement officers, claims the cable news network edited video of the Sept. 20 fatal shooting of Keith Scott to cut out police ordering him to ‘drop the gun,’ fueling claims Scott, a black man, was unarmed when he was shot by Officer Brentley Vinson. Although Vinson is black, the incident was the latest police shooting around the nation to spur violent protests and rioting.
‘The editing was clearly intended to give viewers the impression that Scott wasn’t armed. By intentionally excluding information to promote the false narrative that the officer-involved shooting of Keith Scott was unjustified, CNN directly contributed towards inciting violence and destruction in the Charlotte riots,’ Blue Lives Matter said in a statement. ‘Innocent citizens were hurt during the Charlotte riots, but editing like this also incites violence against police officers long after the riots are over.
The nature of this video means CNN edited out those commands, which would have required specifically identifying and filtering the involved frequencies at multiple points in the video, on purpose. It could not have been an edit done for time reasons or any other legitimate reason. CNN was trying to inflame the public and encourage a miscarriage of justice in causing the officers to be charged with crimes they didn’t commit.
The video in question was taken by Scott’s widow, Rakeyia Scott. In it, she can be heard saying, ‘He has no weapon.
As I noted in Charlotte, Inconvenient Facts, Rakeyia, in 2015, filed a request for a domestic violence protective order against Keith in which she specified he carried a 9mm. It was actually a stolen .380, which is the same caliber, but uses of cartridge of somewhat lesser power. For many people, any semiautomatic handgun is a 9mm.
The full, unedited video includes a police officer shouting, ‘Gun. Gun. Drop the gun.’
As Rakeyia Scott pleads, ‘Don’t shoot him, don’t shoot him,’ and ‘He didn’t do anything,’ police continue to yell ‘drop the gun’ or a similar phrase at least 12 times in 38 seconds.
Rayeyia Scott claims her husband was holding a book.
Blue Lives Matter claims the edited video helped create an erroneous impression that police acted with unnecessary force, and may have played a role in rioting.
‘There are consequences to editing video like this, and it may cost more officers their lives,’ Blue Lives Matter said.
This is exactly right. Surely CNN understands this? Surely they understand words and images matter, that they could very well be encouraging some of America’s most violently racist denizens to kill innocent police officers? Of course they do. This is progressive ideology about which we are speaking. It’s more important than the lives of cops, or the safety and security of cities and citizens.
Actually, even if the officers had made no verbal commands, or if Scott were deaf, it would be irrelevant. The law does not require any verbal communication be involved in a lawful decision to use deadly force. Given the circumstances of the Scott case, the officers would have been completely justified saying nothing at all. Scott’s actions, not theirs, gave them more than sufficient cause to shoot.
This is not the only recent instance of CNN’s attempts to stir up racial hatred and crime:
In August, CNN was accused of editing comments from the sister of a black man killed by a black Milwaukee police officer to make it appear that she called for peace. The shooting of Sylville Smith, who police said refused to put down his gun, touched off riots and violence in the city.
Smith’s sister, Sherelle, was quoted as calling for an end to violence ‘in the city.’ But CNN left out what followed: a call for protesters to burn down the suburbs.
CNN correspondent Anna Cabrera tweeted an apology for the edit, saying, ‘We shot-handed sister’s quote. Unintentionally gave the impression she was calling for peace everywhere. Correction.
Never mind; my bad! What’s that you say? Our lies caused people to die and cities to burn? Hey, freedom of the press! You have to break a few blue eggs to make the social justice narrative omelet.
Other articles in this series:
09-22-16: Charlotte: A Tale Of Two Black Lives
09-29-16: Charlotte: Inconvenient Facts