How To Edit in Bias

This video is making the rounds on the Internet again (a more complete version here). It shows a news station interviewing a 4-year-old black boy after a shooting in a neighborhood. The news station cuts away from the interview before the boy finished his thought (his reasoning for wanting a gun when he grows up is that he wants to be a police officer). The news station seems to have apologized (see here), but the damage is already done. The “damage is already done” and as they are stereotyping race. Considering our recent discussions in class about potential misquoting out of context, I think this underscores our need to always have a healthy dose of doubt and a critical lens when reading or hearing anything. What checks are in place to keep the media accurate and ethical?

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