CNN Media Bias: Sylville Smith Milwaukee Riots Coverage Skewed? (Video)
CNN media bias controversy has once again resurfaced, this time after an alleged editing of the Milwaukee police shooting of Sylville Smith.Advertisement
Smith was shot to death by an African American police officer on Sunday. The officer fired the gun after Smith allegedly refused to drop his.
Several members of the African American and #BlackLivesMatter community resorted to violence after the incident. They had been rioting in the streets of Milwaukee since the shooting took place.
The controversial editing was made when Sylville Smith’s sister, Sherelle, delivered a message to protesters. She was provoking the rioters to set fire to the suburbs instead, according to the Red State. On Monday, it seems that CNN left out a critical part of their reports on the shooting.
The victim’s family needed to talk to the media. However, Sherelle had a different message, which should have been covered by the media. CNN went live to air her words, but cut them in places.
“Burnin down sh*t ain’t going to help nothin! Y’all burnin’ down sh*t we need in our community,” Sherelle actually said. “Take that sh*t to the suburbs. Burn that sh*t down! We need our sh*t! We need our weaves. I don’t wear it. But we need it.”
The news network claimed that Sherelle was “calling for peace,” and that she disapproved of the violence. The victim’s other sister Neal asked not to bring such violence in their community, according to News Busters.
Ana Cabrera was the correspondent who did a segment on CNN about the Milwaukee police shooting. She wrote on Twitter, “We shorthanded sister’s quote. Unintentionally gave the impression she was calling for peace everywhere.”