Users on Twitter blasted CNN on Tuesday after the network sent out news alerts and gave prominent coverage to the marriage problems of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt instead of the death of Terrence Crutcher.
Dash cam video released on Monday showed Crutcher with his hands in the air moments before he was shot and killed by Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby. The Tulsa police chief confirmed that Crutcher’s vehicle had broken down and that he was unarmed when he was shot.
But readers could have easily missed the link to the Crutcher story buried on CNN.com because the site instead made its feature story about Jolie’s move to divorce Pitt.
“It’s over,” the CNN.com page announced in large type.
On Twitter, many readers complained that they had received news alerts about the Hollywood marriage instead of notifications about police killing an unarmed black man.
Read a selection of the tweets below.
— lindsey bacher (@LindseyBacher) September 20, 2016
So CNN sends notifications about Brad & Angelina but not Terrence Crutcher?! WOW!!! ??
— Ki ?? (@skinny_mini22) September 20, 2016
I got CNN alerts about Brad and Angelina's divorce, but none about a innocent black man being killed.
— Dippy Hippie (@Mahdiiii__) September 20, 2016
Angelina filing for divorce made the same CNN headlines as ANOTHER unarmed black man being killed today and you don't understand BLM…
— Leah. (@_leahkidane) September 20, 2016
Fuck CNN yo, their BREAKING news is Brad and Angelina and not the murder of an unarmed black man.
— Damian Wayne (@DriveSlow_Homie) September 20, 2016
CNN ‘breaking news’ about Pitt & Jolie divorcing while unarmed black men are gunned down by police without outcry is exactly why we’re mad
— Christopher (@CRobinson703) September 20, 2016
— Momplaisir (@JonMomplaisir) September 20, 2016
Another unarmed black man was killed by police & why TF CNN sending me updates about Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt divorcing
— lilma (@rebelflowr) September 20, 2016
— Christopher Simmons (@thisiscchs) September 20, 2016
The public execution of Terence Crutcher nowhere to be found on CNN but Bradgelina's divorce made the top headline
— M B W (@mattboywhite) September 20, 2016
Another Black man killed by police. Cover story on @CNN .com is BrAngelina divorce. Welcome to Amerikkka!
— HakLove (@haklove) September 20, 2016
WHY IS ANGELINA AND BRAD'S DIVORCE MORE IMPORTANT THAN COPS SHOOTING AN INNOCENT UNARMED BLACK MAN IN TULSA CNN???
— SUPER LYKE (@sleeptalk_) September 20, 2016
CNN has that divorce on their page like it's the most important news in the world. But Terence Crutcher gets a little ass link to a story
— G. (@Justgabz_) September 20, 2016
Another Black Man Is Killed By Cops And They're On CNN Trying To Break Down @DonaldJTrumpJr "Skittle" Tweet And Brad And Angelina's Divorce??
— William Nicholson (@letwilltellit) September 20, 2016
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) September 20, 2016