I was working from home yesterday and had Fox News on in the background when an incident occurred. The initial report was that a white Baltimore police officer shot a young black man in the back. The interesting things right off the bat were that this happened in broad daylight, on main street, and in front of a lot of people including a Fox News crew that was parked just 20 yards away. Even more incredible is that this would happen in the midst of all that has gone on in Baltimore over the past week.
Mike Tobin of Fox News was sitting in a vehicle working on his notes for an upcoming live report so he did not see the actual incident but he was there for the immediate aftermath and reported what he saw and heard. The initial report turned out to be incorrect but I can’t really blame him for that because as you will see it happened very fast and things were chaotic. The real story came out within minutes but not before Leland Vittert of Fox News, who was also on scene, did a live interview with a young black woman that was supposedly an eyewitness to the whole thing. Here is most of the Vittert/eye witness interview.
Shepard Smith, who is now my least favorite Fox news reader, was so embarrassed that they got the story wrong that he apologized to viewers. Look people, it was live television and they were reporting what they saw and heard and as soon as they got better information they corrected it so I don’t know why Smith was so bent out of shape. The thing that upset me was Fox didn’t come back to that interview again for the rest of the day.
Vitterts eyewitness interview was an incredible example of racial bias or opportunistic dishonesty or both and Fox ran away from it because it might have made one of its stars look bad? Really? So petty in my opinion and I am very disappointed in them for it.
The Vittert/eye witness interview was incredible for a number reasons. It took place immediately after the incident. She saw the whole thing from start to finish. She was just a few feet away. She was very thorough in her description of what happened. She was believable and emphatic about what she said she saw which was a white cop shooting an unarmed black man in the back. The only problem is that we learned, within minutes, that her story was completely untrue. Totally false. Another ‘hands up don’t shoot” moment. That is the real story and Fox, because of plain old vanity, didn’t tell it. Why wasn’t Vittert allowed or directed to go back and follow up with that woman? Why doesn’t someone find her and do it today?
This Youtube video is longer and covers most of what was broadcast including the entire Vittert/eye witness interview. What she claims is incredible in light of the truth and nobody is covering it. Shameful.
UPDATE – Shep Smith just finished his show and did not mention anything about this or what happened yesterday. Weak.