On Saturday, Mediaite reported that a CBS Radio segment on the horrific beating meted out to a white special needs man by four blacks deceptively implied that the victim was black and the perpetrators were white Trump supporters.
According to Mediaite, the report caught attention when a Reddit user posted audio of it to the social media site. Here’s a transcript, provided by Mediaite:
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. [Emphasis added]
The report is technically correct, but widely misleading. By noting the attackers used the n-word during a racially-motivated attack while “referencing” Donald Trump, the clear implication is that the victim was black and his attackers were racist Trump fans.
The n-word was indeed used to refer to the victim, but only in the more neutral sense that is often used in black vernacular. Omitted from the report are details that would corrected that misapprehension. Most obviously, the report could have simply stated the attackers’ and victim’s races. But it also neglected to clarify that the “reference” to Donald Trump was “F*** Donald Trump,” and neglected completely the fact that the attackers yelled “F*** white people.”
PJMedia correctly noted:
It’s not clear whether CBS Radio’s ambiguous (to the point of being deceptive) reporting was a case of stupefying political correctness, or actually an attempt to downplay the inconvenient narrative, but it is clearly yet another case of media malpractice.
Or worse yet, a case of “fake news.”
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