Jonathan Capeheart, the Washington Post columnist and MSNBC contributor, apologized this week for his role in perpetuating the Ferguson myth of “hands up, don’t shoot.” In a column published Monday, Capeheart wrote “hands up, don’t shoot” may have been shorthand for a movement, but it “was wrong, built on a lie.”
Capeheart’s column, built on a report by the Department of Justice, urged others–especially in the media–who “march(ed) under the banner of a false narrative…(to) admit our error and keep on marching.” For that, Capeheart reports he has been vilified on social media, and faced accusations of selling out.
But like the “second shooter” that is invariably described as being part of school shootings until later disproven, the facts of Ferguson took months to determine beyond any doubt. And while CNN’s Don Lemon questioned the possibility that “hands up, don’t shoot” might be a “false narrative” back in December, it wasn’t until this week that CNN’s Brian Stelter reported the narrative was wrong–months after three CNN hosts put their hands up, copying the gesture despite suggestions at the time it might not have happened.
Fox News host Megyn Kelly, trained as a lawyer, famously approaches stories with an attorney’s brain. Back in December, Kelly cautioned that witness testimony describing Michael Brown with his hands up, as with all witness testimony, might prove to be unreliable. Raising her own arms on her show “The Kelly File,” Kelly said “this may be a lie.”
Source: TV Newser