Credit where credit is due: Brian Stelter covered Fredricka Whitfield’s gaffe (where she called the Dallas gunman’s actions “courageous and brave”) this morning on his show, Reliable Sources.
Via the transcripts:
STELTER: Now to something outrageous that was said here on CNN yesterday. Anchor Fredricka Whitfield was covering the attack at the Dallas police headquarters with CNN analyst Philip Holloway when she said this about the gunman’s actions.
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FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: It was very courageous and brave, if not crazy as well, to open fire on the police headquarters. And now you have this scene, this standoff.
So you believe these are the hallmarks of more than one person’s involvement.
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STELTER: Courageous? The comment was shocking, particularly among people who already think channels like CNN sometimes take an anti- police tone.
When I woke up this morning, this was all over my Facebook feed my and Twitter feed. The Fort Worth Police Officers Association is calling for an immediate apology, for example.
I have reached out to CNN’s spokeswoman asking if there’s going to be a statement. And I have just heard back, so I want you to know what I have heard.
I’m told that Whitfield will address the comment on air this afternoon and say that she misspoke and that she does not believe, not believe the gunman was courageous or brave.
Whitfield has since apologized on-air, stating that she misspoke.