Vox, Chicago Tribune both claimed George Floyd was “shot” months after incident last May (he wasn’t)

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This article contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

USA- “You are fake news!” That saying is of course famously attributed to former President Donald Trump, usually when talking to CNN’s resident diva, then-White House correspondent Jim Acosta. Or when at one of his many rallies Trump would point to the gaggle of television in the back of the event and call out the “fake news” media.

There are times, however when being “fake” actually transitions to being intellectually dishonest.

Last July, Vox published an article, in which “journalist” Constance Grady, who was reporting on an attempt at the time to “cancel” Dolly Parton, in which Grady wrote:

“Parton was speaking to Billboard in July 2020 as the country was engulfed in protests following the police shooting [emphasis added] of George Floyd. The interviewer asked her what she thought of the movement.”

“Police shooting” of George Floyd? This isn’t a “mistake,” this is a clear attempt to completely change the narrative of what actually happened. It is in a word, malfeasance by this “journalist.”

The death of Floyd, originally believed to have been caused by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck for an estimated 7:46, was later reported out by the medical examiner to have been caused by a fentanyl overdose exacerbated by being overweight.

However the “kneeling” narrative was out there for days, and by July of last year, the word “shooting”, and “George Floyd” were never mentioned in the same sentence.

So, what exactly was Grady trying to prove by trying to put forth a blatant lie? Trying to push a narrative that police were hunting down and shooting unarmed black men.

It was also part of a hit piece on Parton as evidenced by the snark which is clearly evident throughout the piece. Parton’s response to a question about the Black Lives Matter movement brought that snark to the surface:

“I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen,” Parton said. “And of course black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!”

Grady’s response?

‘This kind of deft political quasi-answer is the sort of move Parton’s been pulling her entire career.

She expresses empathy rather than solidarity—she understands why people have to make themselves known, even if she’s not showing up at a protest herself—and she affirms that she loves everybody.

And since she loves everybody, of course their lives matter.”

Ouch.

Grady of course wasn’t the only “journalist” who engaged in journalistic malpractice. Dahleen Glanton of the Chicago Tribune made the same “mistake” in a column in that paper on August 12, 2020, in which she wrote:

“After months of protests and civil unrest over the police shooting [emphasis added] of George Floyd, Chicagoans were tested Monday on what we have learned.”

This column was written a full 2-1/2 months after Floyd’s death, after hundreds of hours of television footage across the mainstream media and social media were shown showing Chauvin with his knee to Floyd’s neck.

Chauvin had already been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three other officers—Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thou were all charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.

Not one shot—not one—was fired during the incident, nor was it ever reported that one was fired. Simply put, Glanton made it up. And yes, she is still employed by the Chicago Tribune.

Somehow, she was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2017. We’ll just leave that right there. For clarity, Nikole Hannah Jones also won a Pulitzer for writing the “1619 Project” tripe. That’s all you need to know.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Fox News video shows the report of a man being shot at around 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon in a retail business area in the financial district of San Francisco. 

Reports say that three men got into an altercation outside the Timberland and Walgreen’s stores near Westfield Centre Mall.  One of the men had a knife.

Arriving officers found one male suspect who police said was brandishing a knife. A witness KPIX spoke with Tuesday night said the suspect was waving a large knife.

Ezra Ortiz told KPIX San Francisco: 

“It was a big knife, pretty damn big knife.  He was walking around with it, waving it around. The cops tried to seclude him and get him away from the public … they got him secluded and he was not moving and he was still being sporadic.

They were trying to get him to follow directions and he wasn’t following directions and unfortunately they fired on him tonight.”

Police said prior to the suspect being critically injured in the officer-involved shooting, SFPD officers tried using less-lethal weapons and a San Francisco Sheriff’s Office deputy deployed a Taser.

Police said the injured suspect was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital with a gunshot wound. The suspect, an unidentified 26-year-old-male, is still hospitalized with life-threatening injuries as of Wednesday night.

One must ask – is there a conflict present, with the media stating police used an “arsenal of weapons” as part of a headline to seek to inflame or draw emotional responses from the public toward police?

It is reported that a taser, a beanbag shotgun, and a pistol were used.  This report claimed issue with this normal escalation from a non-lethal weapon to a maybe lethal weapon to a firearm as “using an entire arsenal” of weapons.

Headlines can excite people, influence them, and sway their thinking.  This is evidenced by an Instagram post by IG User jhonatittz:

“I was reading that supposedly the police fired non-lethal rounds, tased the suspect and later one cop fired his hand gun. I saw the whole thing and I never saw them fire the taser.

First 1 cop did fire a non-lethal round and right after a different cop fired his hand gun 3x disregarding the safety of civilians on the line of fire inside 835 Market st, right behind the suspect.

Soon after, the same cop fire two more lethal rounds at the suspect at a different angle with more civilians near the line of fire (standing right in front of Walgreens) and later another shot was fired.

Yes, the suspect had a knife but IMO the police did a bad job communicating with each other. The police aggressively approached the suspect with only 2 cops when the rest of the cops weren’t even ready and the suspect was still not charging at the police and no people were near him.

The cop with the non-lethal weapon did the right thing and the rest should’ve tased the suspect rather than firing lethal rounds given the circumstances of civilians standing on the line of fire (yes, they shouldn’t have). 

I know the video gives an enigmatic perspective of what happened and there’s multiple ways to perceive how the event unfolded, you be the judge.”

Vox, Chicago Tribune both claimed George Floyd was "shot" months after incident last May (he wasn't)

Screenshot courtesy of  KTVU Fox San Francisco

 

The suspect is in critical condition.  The mayor, district attorney, and the Office of Police Accountability are all investigating the shooting.

One must ask these questions: 

Does the headline in question outline a much bigger issue suggesting that perhaps members of the press do not have proper knowledge of police tactics and use of weaponry? 

Do media personalities use their words to elicit specific responses from the public?

The headline sensationalizes the words “entire” and “arsenal” to elicit emotional responses from readers.  While that practice may be normal in order to grab attention and ratings, in this scenario, it could be said that it serves to demonize police. 

Making the police out as “the bad guys” and “monsters” helps to gain acceptance of popular liberal ideals like defunding the police and cutting police force manning levels.

This gaslighting style of media bias goes on to fuel the fire behind the “defund the police” movement.

U.S Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been very vocal, and very specific, in her support for the movement.

Attorney general William Barr spoke at the Major Cities Chiefs Association Conference recently about the “defund the police” movement and how it has made police work much more dangerous:

“The climate today has made the job (of a police officer) 10 times more difficult.

It is a climate characterized by cowardly politicians who do not support their police forces and by a deceitful national media that seizes on relatively few incidents to scapegoat police and cultivate a false narrative that our police are systemically evil.”

In reference to shifting funds from law enforcement to social services, Barr said these measures don’t address the root cause of crime:

“I think everyone here today would agree that tough law enforcement cannot be the only solution. We must also address the pathologies that contribute to crime. 

But they are not alternative approaches. They must be complementary … Law and order is the foundation of all social progress.”

San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced an effort to funnel funding away from the city’s police department and toward the black community, which experiences poverty at three times the average rate.

Breed, nor anyone in the media, approached the subject that the San Francisco area is the mostly costly in the continental United States for cost of living.

“Decades of disinvestment and racially disparate policies have disproportionately hurt our African-American community in SF.  This week has highlighted the devastating impacts of police violence against African-Americans in this country.”

Breed went on to explain the differences in median income between black and white families in the Bay Area, but did not address skill levels and education differences.  Breed also addressed homelessness rates between black and whites, but in the city’s “reparations” plan, did little to nothing for homeless people.

Breed continued:

“Reforming any single system, such as the criminal justice system or the police department, must go hand-in-hand with closing these disparities. Those who have been voiceless for too long are going to be at the table making these decisions that will impact their community.”

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