CHICAGO, IL – CBS News was recently called out for deceptively editing out the visibility of the firearm in possession of 13-year-old Adam Toledo from the bodycam footage recently released by Chicago Police.
While it doesn’t change the facts relevant to the case, the deceptive editing performed by CBS News is concerning coming from an established mainstream news media outlet.
The March 29th officer-involved shooting of Adam Toledo comes at a time where criticism of police, especially regarding in-custody deaths and officer-involved shootings, is resulting in numerous protests and, at times, riots in cities across the country.
With this in mind, it is pivotal that facts and evidence related to this fatal officer-involved shooting in Chicago be presented as accurately as possible.
On April 15th, CBS News shared a tweet online showcasing the recently released bodycam footage from the critical incident where a Chicago Police officer shot Toledo.
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Newly released bodycam footage shows Chicago police chasing and fatally shooting 13-year-old Adam Toledo, as he appeared to comply with orders to raise his hands. https://t.co/o8I5DRvU69 pic.twitter.com/WPqifN4KFZ
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 15, 2021
To the untrained eye, the video footage shared by CBS News looks like a standard presentation of bodycam footage.
Except, upon closer inspection, CBS News clearly altered the aspect ratio of the original bodycam footage to the point where the firearm allegedly in the possession of Toledo during the incident is no longer visible.
Another glaringly obvious tell regarding the deceptively edited footage by CBS News is the fact that in the upper right hand corner of the video footage shared from their official Twitter account, it can be seen that the superimposed date and timestamp from the original footage is cut off by roughly 50%.
Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra was among the more prominent figures to point out this lack of journalistic integrity enacted by CBS News, providing screenshots where an image of the doctor CBS News footage is compared to the original bodycam footage from the incident.
Here's the full video: https://t.co/iFaYXqAlyl
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 16, 2021
Saavedra also commented on the matter, writing the following to accompany his tweet showcasing that CBS News had edited footage from the incident:
“This video is deceptively edited and cuts out the portion of the police officer’s body camera footage that showed that the suspect was holding a gun.”
This blatant lack of journalistic integrity is another proverbial blemish for CBS News, as the media outlet was called out earlier in the month of April for deceptively editing a press briefing featuring Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on the network’s show “60 Minutes.”
But deceptive practices for CBS News, in recent times, go back as far as the onset of the pandemic in 2020.
Back in April of 2020, Law Enforcement Today found that CBS News was irresponsibly showcasing hospital footage captured in Italy while reporting of then-ongoing matters relevant to hospitals here in the United States.
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To get a better understanding of CBS News engaging in these sorts of perturbing journalistic practices, here is our previous report from April of 2020 when the news outlet was called out for misleading video shared during broadcast coverage of the pandemic.
If CBS News could wear pants, then they’d be on fire. It seems as though they keep getting caught using hospital footage from Italy, while describing instances ongoing within hospitals here in the states.
It’s almost as if CBS News was more interested in spreading fear rather than the actual news.
CBS News has been caught broadcasting fake hospital footage for a second time in just two weeks. https://t.co/53sLc7caRk
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) April 9, 2020
It all started back on March 22nd when CBS News was detailing developments related to COVID-19 in New York, while simultaneously showcasing hospital footage from Italy. The footage was used in concurrence while describing New York City hospitals to be specific.
Nearly anyone could see how that would be extremely misleading to say the least. Well, turns out some savvy viewers caught the misleading footage and called CBS News out on it.
According to CBS News, they responded to the footage snafu with the following:
“It was an editing mistake. We took immediate steps to remove it from all platforms and shows.”
Last time I checked, an editing mistake is when someone forgets to mute an expletive on an FCC mandated airwave. Using footage from an Italian hospital, while reporting on NYC hospitals seems a little suspect.
REVEALED: CBS News was caught red-handed using chaotic footage from an Italian hospital in a story about New York City hospitals. https://t.co/K3kJ7SBqMg
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) April 1, 2020
It gets better though.
Days later after being called out, they were caught again using the same exact Italian hospital footage while reporting on the pandemic with regard to Pennsylvania.
Oh, CBS just can’t stop bringing the fake news.
They’re not only using footage from abroad to describe U.S. based hospitals, but they also posted a video testimony from a nurse sobbing about how her hospital wouldn’t let them wear, or even provide, N95 masks in the COVID-19 ICU.
During this attempt at a raw testimonial, former nurse Imaris Vera stated:
“I quit my job today. I went into work and I was assigned to a COVID patient on [sic] an ICU unit that has been converted to a designated COVID unit.
None of the nurses are wearing masks, not even surgical masks in the hallways when they’re giving reports to each other. I had my own N95 mask.”
Through teary eyes, Vera then says:
“I told my manager, I understand we’re short on supplies, but let me protect myself. Let me feel safe.”
The nurse was caught lying. Unfortunately, not until after the video was viewed millions of times.
Individuals in the comments section from the Twitter-posted video knew there was something fishy before CBS News issued a correction of sorts.
I find this extremely hard to believe. She says she has her own N-95 mask but her hospital refused to let her wear it?
Which hospital? Has any journalist vetted this woman? Has anyone bothered calling the hospital to ask them questions?
— Mandy ☕🦋🇺🇸 (@SpringSteps) April 5, 2020
You know it’s getting bad when people who are meant to consume media can tell when something seems off.
Because, to be frank, who would honestly believe that a hospital would not allow, or provide, someone to wear PPE while working in an ICU?
Did they remove the video though? Nope, they left their fake news up there.
Imaris Vera, the nurse in this video, clarified her experience on Monday in a tweet: "We were each assigned 1 N95 per 1 covid patient’s room but was not allowed to wear it outside of the room, wear our own N95 mask around the Nurses station or Halls, which I came prepared with."
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 6, 2020
CBS News simply stated the following underneath the video:
“Imaris Vera, the nurse in this video, clarified her experience on Monday in a tweet: ‘We were each assigned 1 N95 per 1 covid patient’s room but was not allowed to wear it outside of the room, wear our own N95 mask around the Nurses station or Halls, which I came prepared with.’”
Seems as though they were just too thirsty for a headline of doom and gloom.
If they’d looked into Vera’s other social media posts, they would have seen that maybe…she’s a little off.
Internet sleuths didn’t take long to find video posts of Vera’s strange rantings weeks prior to her tear-jerking video.
Nothing to see here…pic.twitter.com/JANB406D9K
— Kevin Dalton (@NextLAMayor) April 6, 2020
Of course, Vera has since deleted her social media accounts.
Even the presidential dropout Bernie Sanders shared Vera’s fake account of the hospital ICU, with the statement of outrage to accompany it:
“It is insane that our nurses are being forced to care for the sick without masks and respirators. The Department of Labor must immediately issue emergency workplace standards to protect our health workers, their families, and their patients.”
It is insane that our nurses are being forced to care for the sick without masks and respirators. The Department of Labor must immediately issue emergency workplace standards to protect our health workers, their families, and their patients. https://t.co/Z8dWqtxz5X
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) April 5, 2020
Between hospital footage being used incorrectly and very deceptively, and sharing false accounts of the state of affairs for nurses working in hospital ICUs, CBS News reigns supreme in the mainstream phony corona-coverage.
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