A local CBS News station in Chicago has apologized for editing a news report about a drive-by shooting that showed a 4 year-old who’d witnessed the shooting saying he wanted a gun.
Asked by a freelance photographer whether the shooting of two teenagers had frightened the boy responded: “I’m going to have me a gun.”
“That is very scary, indeed,” Said the local news reporters.
Except that when the video was viewed in full here’s what the kid actually said (via the Maynard Institute):
Reporter: “Boy, you ain’t scared of nothing! Damn! When you get older are you going to stay away from all these guns?”
Reporter: “No? What are you going to do when you get older?”
Boy: “I’m going to have me a gun!”
Reporter” “You are! Why do you want to do that?”
Boy: “I’m going to be the police!”
Reporter: “OK then you can have one.”
We accept responsibility for the mistakes that were made, both in the reporting and editing of the story. The video of the child should not have aired. As soon as news management identified the problem, they took immediate steps to ensure that the video would not air in subsequent newscasts. In addition, we have followed up with our employees to make sure that we all have learned from the mistakes that were made.
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