The Associated Press was criticized for how it worded a tweet about the U.S. Capitol Police veteran who was killed last week, shifting the blame onto the vehicle rather than the murderer behind the wheel.
As soon as news broke of an attack on the Capitol on Friday, leftist commentators rushed to blame white people as they do after every single mass shooting or act of violence.
However, the culprit was soon named as 25-year-old Noah Green, a black Nation of Islam follower. He was shot dead by cops after launching a vehicle and knife attack that left Officer William Evans fighting for his life. Evans subsequently succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
According to the AP, Green didn’t ram the vehicle into Evans, the vehicle apparently controlled itself.
“The U.S. Capitol Police veteran killed last week is being remembered as a man with a sense of humor who loved sports and was most proud of being a dad. William Evans died when a car rammed into him and another officer at a barricade near the Capitol,” stated the tweet.
The U.S. Capitol Police veteran killed last week is being remembered as a man with a sense of humor who loved sports and was most proud of being a dad. William Evans died when a car rammed into him and another officer at a barricade near the Capitol. https://t.co/Zs4J4OfT7a
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) April 6, 2021
“I’m confused, this tweet is missing information about the race of the perpetrator. Is this not an important detail?” asked one respondent.
“People dont kill people, cars do,” responded Tim Pool.
people dont kill people, cars do https://t.co/uLaQLDxRQ3
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) April 7, 2021
“Journalists are at it again,” lamented Jack Posobiec.
Journalists are at it again pic.twitter.com/nIZUmHrvr9
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) April 7, 2021
One wonders if the reporting would have been phrased differently if a right-wing extremist had committed the murder.
This is by no means the first time media outlets have used mealy mouthed wording to shield the perpetrators of violence.
Throughout the entire summer, CNN and others repeatedly referred to Black Lives Matter rioting, looting and burning down of buildings as “mostly peaceful.”
BBC News also dropped a clanger when the broadcaster tweeted, “27 police officers injured during largely peaceful anti-racism protests in London.”
Which is like saying “thousands killed after largely peaceful September flight.”
27 police officers injured during largely peaceful anti-racism protests in London https://t.co/vIq1VL1aiT
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 7, 2020
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