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Congressman Considers Action Against WBBM for Taking Four-Year-Old’s Quote Out of Context

Illinois congressman Bobby L. Rush is investigating WBBM’s recent airing of a news report that took the words of a four-year-old out of context, making him sound as if he was reveling in the violence that was occurring in his south Chicago neighborhood.

The CBS O&O has come under fire from journalism organizations and civil rights groups after it was discovered that the report, which aired on June 30th, used a provocative quote from the boy without providing his full statement, and now U.S. Rep. Rush is considering whether to take action.

Rush’s communications director Renee Ferguson, who used to work as an investigative reporter for WMAQ, told the Maynard Institute recently that the congressman “is very, very disturbed” about the incident. Read more

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WBBM Takes Four-Year-Old’s Quote Out of Context

WBBM, the CBS O&O in Chicago, is under fire this week for airing a soundbite from a four-year-old interviewed on the scene of a drive-by shooting out of context.

A freelance photographer asked a young boy who was near the crime scene if he was scared by the violence in the neighborhood, and if he would “stay away from all these guns” when he grew up. The boy said, “No — I’m going to have me a gun!” (The exchange comes at the :38 mark of the above video.)

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