NBC Nightly News is being accused of deceitfully editing 911 call and body-cam footage from the Ma’Khia Bryant shooting to conceal the knife.
The original body camera video released after the shooting shows 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant running at another girl while wielding a knife. The officer responding to the scene can be heard calling for everyone to get down before he fired his gun.
The audio featured in the Wednesday NBC segment, however, conveniently left out parts of the 911 call featuring frantic cries from people who claimed a girl was “trying to stab us.”
Instead, NBC chose a quick clip of someone saying “we need a police officer here now.”
In stark contrast, CBS Evening News showed the important part of the 911 call. "These grown girls over here trying to fight us, trying to stab us," the caller says.
They also slow down the video and zoom in on the knife in the attacker's hand. pic.twitter.com/izvXaUH6Ki
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) April 22, 2021
They also don’t show the knife in the attacker’s hand just before shots were fired.
NBC’s sneaky edits show a clear desire to contribute to the team-left narrative of racially-motivated police shootings.
Even the White House played the race card.
“She was a child,” the White House said in a statement. “We know that police violence disproportionately impacts black and Latino people and communities and that black women and girls, like black men and boys, experience higher rates of police violence.”
LeBron James also contributed to the narrative, tweeting out a picture of the police officer involved in the incident with the caption “you’re next.”
Though the tweet has since been deleted, screenshots continue to circulate on social media and the star athlete is facing heaps of backlash.