December 24, near Ferguson, Missouri. Joshua Williams, familiar face of Ferguson, sets fire to a Quik Trip…and its caught on tape. In what may be the most colossal case of consistent misreporting in history, MSNBC got it wrong again as it relates to Williams. Here’s a timeline.
August 9, 2014: We now know that Michael Brown (6’4″ and 300 pounds) stole from a convenience store, officer Darren Wilson recognized him from a description and confronted him, Brown assaulted the officer, the officer eventually fired his weapon, Brown is fatally wounded. What was reported by irresponsible media outlets is that a white cop shot an unarmed black “kid”.
September 12, 2014: Joshua Williams is featured in MSNBC’s “Portrait of a Protester” as a non-violent teen who just wants people to come together. Their lengthy video and accompanying article heralded Williams as the face of the protest and related:
On most days Williams, a recent high school graduate, takes up position with other protesters across from the Ferguson police department. But he also attends various meetings pulled together by a growing network of activists and organizers. He said he hasn’t missed a single day of marching, protesting or meetings.
December 24, 2014: Video surveillance footage captures Joshua Williams entering the Quik Trip unlawfully, stealing gum, money, and a cigarette lighter, and eventually setting fires in the store and outside. Why? To protest another justifiable police shooting.
Read More: Ferguson Thug Shot, Killed By Cop
December 26, 2014: Joshua Williams is arrested for his Christmas Eve crimes, caught because he disclosed his location on twitter. He offered a full confession to the arresting officers and faces 5-15 years in prison.
Free speech is a beautiful, underutilized thing in the U.S. A free press is essential to a free republic. How can more honesty and accountability be required of the press? This is a question that needs to be answered. Misreporting of events lead to protests. Elevating an 18 year old activist, who appears to have no job, to national hero status without a background check is beyond irresponsible. Perhaps in jail this young man will reevaluate his life and change course.
As for MSNBC, there may be no hope.
H/T: Conservative Tribune