WATCH: ‘Inside Edition’ tastelessly uses Chapel Hill Muslim shooting to set up parking ‘code’ segment
Inside Edition used the shooting death of three Muslim students in North Carolina to segue into a segment on how to park inside a shopping mall, Media Matters reported.
Host Deborah Norville began by saying, “A tragic shooting over — of all things — police say a parking space. Three college students in North Carolina are dead. Their neighbor has been charged.”
Norville did not name the suspect, 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks, or the victims, 19-year-old Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, and a married couple, 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat and 21-year-old Yusor Mohammad. Hicks has been charged with murder.
After Hicks’ anti-religion views came to light, members of the public have called for authorities to treat the triple shooting as a hate crime. But authorities have said they believe it was spurred by a parking dispute.
Norville then transitioned to the other story, saying, “Now, finding a parking space is one of those things that can push some people over the edge. But there is always a way to find a spot at the mall.”
The ensuing segment featured footage of people crashing their vehicles into other cars or fighting other drivers.
Update, 6:42 p.m. EST: An online petition is calling for the show to apologize for the segment.
Watch the video, as posted by Media Matters on Thursday, below.