Earlier this week, I wrote about longtime journalist Brit Hume taking the mainstream media and Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris (CA) and Elizabeth Warren (MA) to task regarding the lies the two candidates for president tweeted Friday about the 5 year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown.
Here’s what Warren and Harris tweeted that set Hume off:
5 years ago Michael Brown was murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael was unarmed yet he was shot 6 times. I stand with activists and organizers who continue the fight for justice for Michael. We must confront systemic racism and police violence head on.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 9, 2019
Michael Brown’s murder forever changed Ferguson and America. His tragic death sparked a desperately needed conversation and a nationwide movement. We must fight for stronger accountability and racial equity in our justice system.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 9, 2019
President Obama’s own Justice Department concluded that Brown was not “murdered” by Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson. The alleged “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative, which was turned into a rallying cry by social justice warriors and liberal commentators alike, was also determined to be false.
Hume corrected the Senators the same day the tweets were posted, but two days later he slammed the mainstream media for not bothering to fact check them:
Both Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren said on Twitter Friday that Michael Brown was “murdered” by a “white” policeman in Ferguson, Mo. This is an absolute whopper and obviously does nothing to calm racial tension in this country. Yet it’s gotten almost no coverage.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) August 11, 2019
In a shocker of all shockers, it sounds like a few people might have been paying attention, because on Monday, both the Washington Post and FactCheck.org put out pieces on Warren’s and Harris’s tweets, noting their claims were not true:
“Harris, Warren Wrong About Brown Shooting,” read a headline Monday from the non-profit website factcheck.org.
Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler on Monday also awarded both senators four pinocchios over their claims.
… the fact-checkers said the evidence in the case contradicts the comments by Harris and Warren: Three months after the shooting, a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson. And in March of 2015, a report released by President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice found that Officer Darren Wilson most likely had reason to fear for his life and did not break the law when shooting Brown.
Even Vox.com, which is more openly left-wing than the Washington Post and FactCheck.org, wrote that Harris’s and Warren’s tweets about Brown were false, concluding:
Five years after the shooting, though, major presidential campaigns are still getting the details wrong.
As of this writing, neither tweet has been deleted.
— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –
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