So, It Looks Like CNN Did Not Learn The Same Lesson WaPo Had to with Tweeting About the Waukesha Tragedy

Posted: Nov 28, 2021 8:15 PM
So, It Looks Like CNN Did Not Learn The Same Lesson WaPo Had to with Tweeting About the Waukesha Tragedy

Source: Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office via AP

Last week, the Washington Post drew some pretty heavy criticism for a now deleted tweet that spoke about "the Waukesha tragedy caused by a SUV," but made no mention of the suspect, Darrell Brooks, Jr., who allegedly drove the truck that killed six people and injured many more at a Christmas parade last week. The article the tweet linked to is still up. Now, CNN has jumped in, with a similarly problematic tweet.

"Waukesha will hold a moment of silence today, marking one week since a car drove through a city Christmas parade, killing six people and injuring scores of others," the tweet reads.

It links to an article by Keith Allen, which was last updated Sunday night, the headline more aptly reading "Waukesha held a moment of silence Sunday, one week after a man plowed a vehicle through a Christmas parade." The moment of silence was held at 4:39pm local time, with the update coming after the moment of silence. The headline was one of the things changed about the article.

Allen devotes several paragraphs to a status update on the children who were tragically killed or injured:

More than 60 people, 18 of whom were children, were injured last Sunday, November 21, when a driver plowed an SUV through the city's Christmas parade in downtown Waukesha. Six people, including an 8-year-old boy, were killed.

As of Sunday afternoon, seven children remained hospitalized at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, according to a hospital news release. Three children have been discharged since Wednesday.

Three children remain in serious condition, three are in fair condition and one is in good condition, the release said.

Just as the tweet from The Washington Post was massively ratioed, so was the one from CNN. 

Brooks is not referenced until the last paragraph of the piece, and very little information is given about him. He is otherwise referred to before then as "a man" and "a driver." As Matt and Spencer have continuously covered, however, Brooks already has quite the rap sheet. He is also a supporter of Black Lives Matter and has shared anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler remarks. 

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