CNN Apologizes For Censoring The 'Burn Down The Suburbs' Remarks

Robert Jonathan

CNN has issued an apology for what many have called a deceptively or selectively edited story involving the Milwaukee police shooting victim's sister and her peacemaking public comments following riots in that city.

In her coverage, CNN correspondent Ana Cabrera originally claimed on Monday that Sherelle Smith, the sister of police shooting victim Sylville K. Smith, was calling for peaceful protests during a Sunday vigil in the aftermath of the death of her brother who reportedly was fleeing a traffic stop. Sylville Smith died at the scene.

In the full context of her remarks that CNN left out, however, Smith apparently seemed to be advocating for the unrest to be exported outside the city limits, as the Inquisitr previously reported.

"Burning down s**t ain't going to help nothin! Y'all burnin' down s**t we need in our community. Take that s**t to the suburbs. Burn that s**t down! We need our sh*t! We need our weaves. I don't wear it. But we need it. We need our gas. We need our food. Y'all don't understand that sh*t. We need that. Y'all want to hurt somebody, take that sh*t further out."

Kimberly Neal, Sylville Smith's other sister, told the same group at the vigil that further violence is no answer, Milwaukee TV station Fox6 Now reported.

"I want to take a moment to clarify something from Monday. We had a report that inadvertently and wrongly characterized the plea from a Milwaukee woman whose brother was killed by police. As our viewers saw, she demanded that the violence stop in her community, but in fact, she also said that protests should instead take their violence to the suburbs. I regret that second part of her statement was not included."

Newsbusters called the original CNN report that included only a partial presentation of Sherelle Smith's remarks and that excluded the reference to burning down the suburbs "a classic case of media bias by omission."

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