CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield acknowledged that she “misspoke” when describing the actions of a crazed gunman who sprayed bullets at Dallas Police headquarters early Saturday morning.
— Bill O’Reilly (@oreillyfactor) June 15, 2015
“It was very courageous and brave, if not crazy as well, to open fire on the police headquarters, and now you have this scene, this police standoff,” Whitfield said to a CNN analyst Saturday morning about suspect James Boulware.
Boulware shot at the police station before fleeing to a nearby restaurant, where he was ultimately killed by Dallas Police SWAT team members.
Whitfield clarified her remarks the following day when she went on air. “I misspoke, and in no way believe the gunman was courageous, nor brave.” she said.
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But the Dallas Police Association was less than impressed with her apology, saying in part:
In the hours after the violent attack on the Dallas Police Department headquarters in which a lone gunman attempted to kill police officers using an armored van stocked with weapons and explosives, CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield said, ‘It was very courageous and brave, if not crazy as well, to open fire on the police headquarters, and now you have this scene, this standoff.’
Facing outrage from viewers from across the country, CNN promised Whitfield would offer an on-air apology on Sunday.
However, instead of offering an apology to those who truly represent courage and bravery — the men and women of the Dallas Police Department — Whitfield spent only 13 seconds to simply say she ‘misspoke,’a weak and often-used term when backtracking from an offensive statement.
The promised apology from Whitfield was never provided.
h/t: Talking Points Memo
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