Brown Shooting Audio Might Be a Hoax

If you’ve been watching CNN at all over the last 24-hours, you’ve no doubt heard the audio clip purporting to be the exact moment Michael Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO. This morning, CNN had two former law enforcement officials on the program to comment on the validity of the audio. They were skeptical.

“I’ve told your producers that for all I know this is one of Howard Stern’s punk people,” former LAPD officer David Klinger said. “It came out, what, two weeks after the event, and so I don’t have a high degree of confidence in it.”

“But, it could be real,” he added without much enthusiasm.

Klinger noted that his first inclination is “someone is trying to punk CNN.”

CNN law enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes seemed to share Klinger’s opinion. He left open the possibility that the audio, which to him sounded dubbed, may have been manipulated by CNN’s producers before it was aired.

“My producer says that’s all we were given,” Pereira said.

“When I heard this yesterday, I thought the exact same thing: it’s a hoax,” Fuentes added.

He went on to note that, even if the tape is real, it supports the claims of both Brown and Wilson’s supporters and is not of much evidentiary value.

CNN used to be authoritative. Now, they’re just one of many mainstream news organizations trying to be first with everything, even it it’s fake.

NYT: Never mind…

No one can find evidence that Tea Party demonstrators hurled racial epithets on March 20, 2010, at Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia and members of the Congressional Black Caucus. And you can bet people have tried. Andrew Breitbart has even offered to give $100,000 to the United Negro College Fund once evidence is found. Even though members of the MSM, liberal pundits and the Democrat party state the offense as fact, no video or audio of the event exists. Finally, the New York Times gave up.

The Political Times column last Sunday, about a generational divide over racial attitudes, erroneously linked one example of a racially charged statement to the Tea Party movement. While Tea Party supporters have been connected to a number of such statements, there is no evidence that epithets reportedly directed in March at Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia, outside the Capitol, came from Tea Party members.

Does the debate over this unfortunate rumor end here? Of course not. The “Tea Party is filled with racists” narrative is widely disseminated as a factual event. No evidence is needed, apparently.

Still, it’s nice to see a little crow on the menu at The Gray Lady.

Ezra Klein, a.k.a “Juicebox”

Ace keeps the fire burning over the Journolist controversy.

I myself wonder what the hubbub is all about. Everyone knows the main stream media is a clique largely populated by left wingers. Cliques hang together and commiserate with one another. Before Jourolist, these people met for drinks after hours in overpriced bars to discuss their trade. You gotta believe there was plenty of collusion back in the day. You can’t blame the interwebs for starting this stuff. The ‘net just gave these guys easier access to one another, and less hangovers too, I imagine. So for people to be jaw-dropped over the fact that liberal members of the media talk with one another about “fairness” in their “unbiased” news reporting, and at times try to influence each other to gang up on other “out of compliance” media outlets is just plain silly. This stuff started long ago, and won’t end just because Journolist is offline.