CBS News posted this irresponsible headline on a story today that caught many by surprise:
Deputies kill half-brother of black man found hanged in park https://t.co/yoLJNU6bPF
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 18, 2020
It sounds really bad, eh? But this headline is very misleading:
DC EXAMINER – CBS News drew criticism Wednesday for a headline on a story involving police shooting and killing a black man without mentioning the man allegedly opened fire first.
“Deputies kill half-brother of black man found hanged in park,” a CBS headline posted on Twitter Wednesday read, referring to the death of Terron Jammal Boone.
Boone was the half-brother of Robert Fuller, a black man found hanging in a park on June 10 in what was first believed to be a suicide before the coroner walked back that conclusion.
The tweet doesn’t include the police report that states officers attempted to stop Boone, who was wanted for kidnapping, spousal assault, and assault with a deadly weapon, at which point he jumped out of his vehicle and opened fire on officers before they shot and killed him.
The headline was surely meant to get BLM clicks. But given all the cop-hate out there right now, CBS News should have used a more accurate headline.
Jason Howerton at The Blaze was infuriated when he saw the tweet from CBS News:
I want you to look me in the freaking eye and tell me this isn't pure evil from the media???
Are the clicks that worth it? You're willing to pour gasoline on this out of control fire for CLICKS?! pic.twitter.com/lt2eP3H0Lw
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) June 18, 2020
Caleb Hull suggested that CBS News wants a race war:
Headline vs. what actually happened.
CBS wants a race war. pic.twitter.com/R3d2hnQ0Wq
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) June 18, 2020
Both Howerton and Hull highlighted a portion of the article that said “Detectives with the sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit were tracking a man who was wanted for kidnapping, spousal assault and assault with a deadly weapon but when they tried to stop his car, he opened the door and began shooting, authorities said.”
It should also be noted that the man started firing with both a woman and a 7-year-old girl in the car. The woman was shot in the chest and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The little girl was unharmed.