A CBS affiliate in Chicago is under major scruitiny after a soundbite from a 4-year-old recorded after a local shooting was edited to make him look like a wilful future thug.

For those who cannot view the video, the little boy is asked if he is afraid of the violence in his neighborhood and if he will stay away from guns when he grows up. He replies confidently “No, cause I’ma have ME a gun”; the anchor says “That is very scary, indeed.”  However, the unedited version of the video shows that when the child was asked why he’d have a gun, he informed the reporter that he wanted to be a police officer when he grows up. The revelation is followed up by a soundbite from NAACP President Ben Jealous, who criticizes the bad journalism and questions whether the child’s parents were aware of how their son was used.

Welcome to Post-Racial America, folks!

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32 Comments

  1. LeeCee

    this is a damn shame

  2. boho.barbie

    Wow pure ignorance for the editors of this piece and why is the reporter talking to a six-year old in the first place?…Someone definitely needs to lose their job for this ish!

    • I was wondering that same thing. Were there no adults for this guy to talk to?

  3. Monzi

    I agree that someone’s job needs to go because they are quite plainly, not doing their jobs. That’s what journalism is supposed to be: relating the facts to the public. Not a spin of the facts, your opinion of the facts, but the facts. This country’s current proliferation of yellow journalism is really becoming more and more outrageous and something needs to be done about it.

  4. It’s profiling, both of the city that he comes from, and of the child himself…that he willfully wants to become a product of the system, which is false.

    What a shame, and to do this to a child, no less.

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