It was THE story Tuesday on CNN and, online, one of the most widely discussed developments regarding the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. “It” was the explosive audio recording provided to CNN by a man who claimed to have captured the sound of live gunfire — multiple shots that supposedly left Brown dead in the street.
Has CNN “jumped the gun”…as well as jumping the shark?
Now, the breathless gusto with which the cable news network first reported the “exclusive” audio has given way to a much less enthusiastic approach, marked by questions about its authenticity. In fact, it would appear that CNN may well be setting the stage to distance itself from what it must certainly have thought would be a sure-fire ratings booster.
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Even if the audio ends up being authentic, the fact that CNN is now concerned over its authenticity and laying the groundwork to claim they were always skeptical, tells you how irresponsible the network is. The prejudicial audio never should have been aired prior to authentication. But this is exactly the kind of incendiary behavior we have come to expect from the news network that disgraced itself more than any other during the George Zimmerman affair.
CNN’s timing of the release made perfect sense. The leftwing network dropped the audio the day after treating the funeral of Michael Brown as though he was a head of state. With the death porn concluded and the Ferguson streets quiet, CNN needed to fill the race-baiting vacuum with something.
Watch the video segment (above) of the Wednesday morning report on the audio…the day after CNN news anchor Don Lemon first ran with the story. And then ask yourself, “Could this be another big nail in the credibility coffin of ‘The Most Trusted Name in News’?”
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