90 Miles From Tyranny : MSNBC, CNN Ignore 2020 Democrats Falsely Claiming Michael Brown Was Murdered

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

MSNBC, CNN Ignore 2020 Democrats Falsely Claiming Michael Brown Was Murdered

MSNBC, CNN, and other major media outlets have largely ignored false claims by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) that Michael Brown was "murdered" by a white policeman in 2014.

Brown, a black 18-year-old, was shot to death in Ferguson, Missouri, by Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014. Wilson claimed it was in self-defense, but protests and some eyewitness claims that Brown had his hands up when he was shot. This led to the mantra, "Hands Up, Don't Shoot." This was later revealed to be false, due to physical evidence and supporting testimony backing Wilson's version of events that Brown attacked him.

However, on the five-year anniversary of Brown's death, the 2020 Democratic hopefuls used the occasion to say Wilson murdered Brown, despite Wilson not being indicted for a crime and the Obama administration's Justice Department concluding after an extensive investigation that Wilson didn't break any federal law.

"Five years ago Michael Brown was murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri," Warren tweeted on Friday. "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."

Wrote Harris: "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."
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.
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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.
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An IQ Media search found no mentions of "Michael Brown" at any time on MSNBC and CNN following Warren and Harris's tweets on Friday afternoon, except for Al Sharpton's coverage of the anniversary of Brown's death on his weekend program PoliticsNation. However, he didn't delve into Warren and Harris's tweets.

Sharpton traveled to Ferguson in the aftermath of Brown's death, spoke at his funeral, led protests calling for police reform, and claimed there was no evidence Brown posed a threat to Wilson's life. In a heated interview with then-Fox News host Megyn Kelly in 2016, Sharpton defended his rhetoric about the case and said witnesses had told him different things than what federal investigators concluded.

National media outlets also largely ignored the story. A search showed the last story from the New York Times about Brown came on Friday with a piece about his father calling for a...

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