Target: Rupert Murdoch, News Corporation CEO, parent corporation of FOX
Goal: Apologize for irresponsibly editing video to make it sound like protesters were chanting “kill a cop”
A Fox News station edited footage of a recent protest about the murders of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers to make it sound as if the protesters were chanting: “kill a cop.” This faulty editing cut out a short snippet of the protest chant to make it sound like the protestors were attempting to incite violence against the police. Fox has since issued an apology for the edit but that is simply not enough. A nationally broadcasted apology must be issued to Tawanda Jones, the woman who organized this protest, immediately.
Ms. Jones organized a protest for the deaths of these unarmed black men to show her discontent with a racist system. The chant from her protest that Fox edited was: “We won’t stop, we can’t stop, until killer cops are in cell blocks.” When reading the real chant or hearing it reported truthfully on C-SPAN, it is blatantly obvious just how much the Fox station edited the video. This was not an accident. This is an attempt to control the narrative of these protests and keep their viewers afraid.
Tawanda Jones is afraid to leave her home because of this obvious attempt to demonize protesters by a notoriously conservative arm of the news media. Fox’s ability to play with the truth and spawn false narrative after false narrative is effectively brainwashing the large population of the United States that watches their conservative drivel. This narrative of fear and division is killing this country and must be stopped. The Fox station did apologize to Ms. Jones briefly, admitting they “misrepresented her,” but that is not enough. Is there no integrity left in journalism? Please sign below to demand that Fox issue a full, nationally broadcasted apology to Ms. Jones.
Dear Mr. Murdoch,
One of your affiliate news organizations broadcasted a falsely edited protest chant from a recent protest for the slayings of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers. The edit made the protest chant sound like an incitement of violence against the police when in reality, it was just a call to prosecute those police who commit violence themselves. This bastardization of the truth and attempt to control the narrative of these protests is obvious and, frankly, a bit pathetic. Are Fox and its staff so afraid of social change that they have to demonize people fighting for what they believe in?
The woman who organized these protests, Tawanda Jones, is afraid to leave her house because of your company’s ideological perversion of the truth. I demand that this error in judgment, though I can hardly believe it was accidental based on how the video was edited, be corrected immediately. I demand that you issue Ms. Jones a formal apology and broadcast it nationally.
[Your Name Here]
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