CNN anchor Carol Costello apologized on Wednesday for allowing a deceptive report about the violence in Milwaukee to air that characterized rioters as peaceful instead of violent.
The “CNN Newsroom” host said, “I want to take a moment to clarify something from Monday. We had a report that inadvertently and wrongly characterized the plea from a Milwaukee woman whose brother was killed by police. As our viewers saw, she demanded that the violence stop in her community, but in fact, she also said that protests should instead take their violence to the suburbs. I regret that second part of her statement was not included.” (RELATED: CNN Edits Out Milwaukee Police Shooting Victim’s Sister Calling For Violence [VIDEO])In the original report by Ana Cabrera, she portrayed the protesters as peaceful, holding a vigil “marked by prayers.” Cabrera claimed that the deceased’s sister was “calling for peace” followed by a brief clip where Sherelle Smith said, “don’t bring the violence here and the ignorance here.”
The CNN report did not include Smith yelling, “Burnin down shit ain’t going to help nothin! Y’all burnin’ down shit we need in our community. Take that shit to the suburbs. Burn that shit down! We need our shit! We need our weaves. I don’t wear it. But we need it.”
On Tuesday, Cabrera tweeted that she “shorthanded” the quote, claiming that it was unintentional.
We shorthanded sister’s quote. Unintentionally gave the impression she was calling for peace everywhere. Correction: https://t.co/CUroBoxj60
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) August 16, 2016