Conscious Society / Media Manipulation and Viral Propaganda

TV Station Deceive Viewers– 4 year old black boy saying he wants a gun

A Chicago television station aired an edited video of a 4 year old black boy responding to an interview question asked by a freelance reporter regarding the young child’s stance on guns. The child’s response in the video aired by the local news station was deplorable. The edited version also seems to imply that black males are violent and violence is embedded from a young age.

The following is a transcript from the interview which the news station aired June 30th.

Boy: “I’m not scared of nothing.”

Reporter: “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!”

Anchor Steve Bartelstein ended the story saying, “that was scary indeed” Co-anchor Susan Carlson exclaimed, “hearing that little boy there, wow!”

Another video was released which revealed the unedited footage of the interview. The unedited footage not only exposed a sample of decades of media’s racial propaganda and falsehood against black people, it also raises the question as to why the media would take a child’s statement out of context.

The following is a transcript from the unedited footage of the interview from the video which was later released. 

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!” 

Reporter: “Okay then you can have one.”

Question, by editing this video in this manner:

  1. Is this another negative stereotype of black males?
  2. Could this be one of the many attempts to justify police brutality against black males?
  3. Does this contribute to how the other groups view black males or black people as a whole?

The media’s response:

 “We acknowledge that a mistake was made, both in the reporting and editing of the story,” said Richie. 

Shawnelle Richie, director of communications for CBS 2, initially admitted the video of the child should not have aired.

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