This is not only unethical, it’s degrading and insulting in its implications…
WBBM-TV, the CBS affiliate in Chicago, has come under fire in recent days for broadcasting an interview with a four-year-old boy, and deliberately taking his quote out of context to completely pervert its meaning.
The story aired on June 30, as part of a package about overnight violence around the city.
(Scroll down to watch the distorted interview.)
“Kids on the street as young as four were there to see it all unfold, and had disturbing reactions,” then-anchor Steve Bartelstein said, leading into video of an interview with the four-year-old boy.
When asked, “What are you going to do when you get older?” the boy responds: “I’m going to have me a gun!”
“That is very scary indeed,” Bartelstein adds.
Only problem is, CBS edited out the rest of what the young child said.
According to video obtained by the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, the full interview went like this:
Reporter: “Boy, you ain’t scared of nothing! Damn! When you get older are you going to stay away from all these guns?”Boy: “No.”
Reporter: “No? What are you going to do when you get older?”
Boy: “I’m going to have me a gun!”
Reporter” “You are! Why do you want to do that?”
Boy: “I’m going to be the police!” (emphasis added)
- Local Chicago news paints four year-old black boy as gun-lover (baratunde.com)
- TV Station Makes Little, Law-Abiding Boy Sound Thuggish [Video] (gawker.com)
- Local News Station Apologizes For Misrepresenting Child As Future Criminal (mediaite.com)
- CBS News Station Edited This Video To Make It Sound Like A 4-Year-Old Boy Wanted To Be A Gangster (businessinsider.com)
- Quote Out Of Context of the Day (thedailywh.at)