TV station edits black boy to make him seem violent

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, August 1, 2011 22:25 EDT
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Chicago CBS affiliate WBBM is under fire for editing a 4-year old African American boy’s remarks to make him seem prone to gang violence. The young boys comments were played during a story about the drive-by shooting of two teenagers in a Chicago neighborhood.

In the edited video, the young boy says that he is “scared of nothing” and confidently states that when he is older he is “going to have me a gun.”

After playing the video, one news anchor comments, “that is scary indeed,” and another anchor adds, “hearing that little boy there, wow!”

In the unedited video, the boy explains that he is going to have a gun because he is going to be a police officer.

The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, which first reported the edit, said the misleading video was “wrong so many ways, it’s hard to know where to start.”

CBS 2 has acknowledged “that a mistake was made.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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