Before a 13-year-old boy was fatally shot by Chicago police in March, CBS News deceptively cropped body camera video that showed him carrying a pistol.
During an altercation, a police officer fatally shot Adam Toledo in reaction to gunshots heard on a police scanner. Toledo allegedly disobeyed police orders, fled, used significant force, and was armed with a semiautomatic gun, prompting the officer to shoot.
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While body cam video released this week appears to show Toledo carrying a weapon moments before he was fired, CBS News cropped out the footage showing the teen’s suspected firearm on its website and Twitter page.
Full video here. *At best*, CBS News looked at an explosive issue like a controversial police shooting & prioritized mobile screen viewing optimization over showing the full body camera footage (and thus edited out a key fact leading up to the shooting).https://t.co/b1P814LGjN
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) April 16, 2021
The cropped video was accompanied by a CBS News report that did not explicitly state that Toledo was armed. Instead, the mainstream media outlet broadcast contradictory statements from law enforcement officer Eric Stillman, who said he shot Toledo because he was “faced with a life-threatening and deadly force situation,” and Toledo’s family attorney, who said the gun was not in the teen’s hands when Stillman fired a shot. The Federalist reached out to CBS News for comment, but they did not respond.
Despite the fact that a semiautomatic gun was found at the scene, politicians such as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said there was “no proof” the teen fired the weapon before being shot.
CBS News was recently chastised for obfuscating portions of a “60 Minutes” interview with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. While the corporate media organization cut out key facts from an interview with the Republican in an attempt to create a scandal around his decision to use a local grocery store chain to administer COVID-19 vaccinations, untouched footage of the interview shows that CBS left out key facts such as which pharmacies received the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Of course, the main lie, which has been debunked by 100 percent of the people that have some sort of information on this, is that there was some kind of conspiracy between Publix, which is actually our most respected company in the state, and me regarding some type of vaccine delivery that has been debunked that was wrong,” DeSantis said in a press conference after the edited segment aired.