CNN has faced a public backlash for editing an interview with the sister of a Milwaukee police shooting victim to make it look as if she was calling for peace and calm, when the full video shows her angry calls for people to take action.
We can’t actually report the news, right? We need to spin it.
Sherelle Smith, sister of Sylville K. Smith, the man shot by police in Milwaukee, can be seen in the video appearing to passionately appeal to people’s good sense, saying “Don’t bring the violence here!”
That is when CNN decided to press ‘stop’ and air the video, before Smith had the chance to continue her speech. Appearing on CNN Newsroom on Monday, Smith was described as “calling for peace” by the show’s Ana Cabrera.
But in a fuller version of the video, posted elsewhere, Smith unloads: “Burnin down sh*t ain’t going to help nothin! Y’all burnin’ down sh*t we need in our community. Take that sh*t to the suburbs. Burn that sh*t down! We need our sh*t! We need our weaves. I don’t wear it. But we need it.”