Fox Affiliate Deceptively Edits Protest Footage To Show Protesters Chanting “Kill A Cop”

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Baltimore news station Fox45 ran a story Sunday night attacking protests against police brutality and racial disparity by running deceptively edited footage to suggest protesters were chanting “kill a cop” during a demonstration. On Monday, Gawker looked into the tape and found that the station had cut off a chant and misinterpreted the words to make it seem to the viewers like a protest leader was saying those words during a protest gathering in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. Actually, C-SPAN had captured footage of the protesters chanting a much different phrase.

Below is footage from Fox45 showing a YouTube video of Tawanda Jones, a Baltimore resident, leading a protest chant in Washington. Notice how the station cuts off the chant right when it ‘appears’ Jones had said “kill a cop.”



This was part of a story where the news station was framing the murder of two NYPD officers on Saturday within the context of the nationwide protests against police brutality against people of color. The demonstrations have been ongoing for months but really grew after two separate grand juries decided not to indict the police officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Immediately after Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot and killed by Ismaaiyl Brinsley Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn, a narrative from the right has developed blaming the protesters and their supporters for the deaths.

Gawker provided video of the C-SPAN coverage of the same protest that Fox45 used for its story. Instead of saying “kill a cop,” the protesters, led by Jones, can clearly be heard shouting the following chant:

We can’t stop!

We won’t stop!

until killer cops are in cell blocks!

Below is video from C-SPAN. Hilariously, it was posted to YouTube by someone who thought Al Sharpton was leading a “Go Kill A Cop” march.



After Fox45 had run its story Sunday night, Tawanda Jones reacted on Facebook, pointing out that the station had misinterpreted her words. She urged friends and anyone else seeing the post to call Fox45 to complain and ask that they retract the story. Jones is well-known in the Baltimore area due to her brother, Tyrone West, being killed by Baltimore police last year while in police custody. Charges were not filed against any of the officers present at the time of his death. She’s been staging rallies since then calling for justice for her slain brother.

The senseless murder of two police officers is now being used by certain media groups, police unions and conservative pundits as an opportunity to shame and silence the protesters who are looking to affect real and positive change in our society. Prominent members of law enforcement have taken this opportunity to ratchet up the rhetoric and toss blame at not only the protesters, but any left-leaning politician that may have expressed even the tiniest bit of support for the protesters.

New York police union head Pat Lynch said New York Mayor Bill De Blasio had blood on his hands over the deaths, implying that DeBlasio’s statement about the Eric Garner decision and his reference to his own biracial son put police officers in danger and led directly to the murders of two of them. Meanwhile, the Fraternal Order of Police in Baltimore released a statement over the weekend blaming President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and De Blasio were to blame for the deaths. The union also said “unequivocal support of law enforcement is required to preserve our nation,” essentially calling for a fascistic police state.

29 Replies to “Fox Affiliate Deceptively Edits Protest Footage To Show Protesters Chanting “Kill A Cop””

  1. Fux Propaganda…. I mean Fox News is disgusting, and despicable. First amendment or not this is unacceptable, and they should suffer repercussions for it.

  2. Seriously! How is this station’s license not revoked and responsible parties prosecuted? I can’t believe it is legal to endanger police AND the public this way.

  3. Is there no real legal recourse to stop them? We can’t continue to deal with their lies on a case by case basis. Why is their no FCC action against them?

  4. It’s crap like this that helped to get those cops killed. Instead of admitting that there are bad cops as well as good ones. Faux News chooses to race bait.

  5. I am just glad Dish Network didn’t cave to their demands. I hope they keep Faux News off their programming! As far as that negotiation is going, I know that Dish didn’t pull the programming because Faux said they did! Yay DISH! And I agree with others, Faux should have its licenses pulled! This is a blatant violation!

  6. This is from the Stations FB page
    Fox45 is apologizing for an error made on Fox45 News at Ten last night. We aired a clip from a protest in Washington, DC where we reported protesters were chanting “kill a cop”. We received a phone call from Tawanda Jones, who is in the video, who informed us that the chant was actually “We won’t stop….We can’t stop…. ‘til killer cops…. are in cell blocks”. We here at Fox45 work hard every day to earn your trust and bring you fair and comprehensive news from around the country. Although last night’s report reflected an honest misunderstanding of what the protesters were saying, we apologize for the error. We have deleted the story on our webpage and we offered to have Ms. Jones on Fox45 News at 5:00 tonight for a live interview. We had a constructive conversation with her earlier today and she has accepted our invitation and will join us for a live interview at 5:30.

  7. “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

    ― Mark Twain

  8. The people involved in “editing” the video ought to be fired by Fox and then be prosecuted for yelling ‘fire!” in a crowded theater. This is little different than the British phone hacking scandal. It’s the same under-handed tricks and lies encouraged by Fox on a daily basis.

  9. “An honest misunderstanding”? You have to be freakin kidding me. That footage was deliberately edited to say “kill cops”. Look at the damm thing. How do you go from “until killer cops are in cell blocks” to “kill cops” unless you actually cut words from that statement. Misunderstanding my grandma’s foot.

    The Baltimore police union demands “unequivocal support of law enforcement.”

    When they quit defending bad cops, then, maybe. The Nazis demanded unequivocal support too, but this is NOT a police state, at least not yet. You ALSO have to abide by the laws, not only of the city and county, but of the State AND the Constitution. You KNOW Garner, Rice and Victor White were homicides committed on YOUR watch, by cops. Because the prosecutor supplied witnesses that lied to prevent the indictment of Wilson, Brown should also be considered a murder by a racist cop.

    When you quit supporting these murderers, then may you will get the support you demand. Until then, forget abou…

  10. “An error”??? How does one “accidentally” edit footage to make people sound like they’re calling for the murder of police?

    So once again, the lie goes out and gets adopted by morons who will run with it and keep it alive forever and the truth simply won’t matter. That woman’s life could be in danger over this bullshit.

  11. This is what happens when the Reich with their smooth talk and Americas stupidity repealed the Fairness Doctrine.

    I just cant remember when we had fairness this lying was tolerated but we shouldn’t be shocked, the movie NETWORK was Prescient

    Network – We’re In A Lot Of Trouble!

  12. what nobody in the news media seems to address and what is at the root of all this violence and tension between the common folk and the police …

    it’s all about income inequality and lack of economic opportunity …. Period!

    That was the heart of Mayor De Blasio’s agenda.

    Nobody condones violence, but when you have a political economy as crazily skewed towards the uber wealthy what do you expect?

  13. Comments on here are to funny. MSNBC, CNN Huff post, NYT, Washington rag probably politico make up stuff in there papers everyday. They have numerous times intentionally edited tape to make it seem people said things they didn’t or was so out of context that the meaning was entirely different. They have printed/aired nothing but lies about these recent people shot by police stories, yet you say nothing about them. There was no editing to make it seem like she said that. It really sounds like that is what she said. Even after listening to the second video, I had no clue what she was saying until I read transcript. Besides all that; to blame Fox news for something a local Fox affiliate aired is so ignorant it shows at least slight mental retardation.

  14. If you mean to assert that these other news services conduct themselves with this lack of ethics and Fox does not, I suggest you supply evidence. Fox itself successfully asserted in a Florida court that it is not a serious news service, but entertainment , and therefore entitled to lie all it wants.

  15. So your response appears to be the old “but mom Billy’s doing it too” defense? GENIUS! Then to finish it up with the old “well this isn’t really as bad as all that now is it?” You should be an officer Gump! You sir are a testament to the true brilliance of the right! 2 wrongs most certainly do make a right and even if they don’t she was speaking gibberish anyway so who cares. You should be given the medal of honor immediately and appointed head whitey for life! Good job dimwit!

  16. Oh yeah, way to go with the incorrect use of the word “there” and “to”. You righties always add those little bonus features for us to enjoy. Kinda adds just the right flavor to the drivel, at least it does for me.

  17. As long as the people continue to accept the mainstream media, the Government and it’s blatant LIES and narratives without investigation and without thinking for themselves, we’re going to continue down this path of self see the OBVIOUS pandering and genuflecting of the mainstream media to the Government and the “authorities” over all even with ALL it’s abuses blaring out like a siren in a library no one pretends to hear, the LIES are going to continue to happen and they’re going to continue to warp the minds of the masses who already have accepted the narrative that any COP that maims and murder citizens is a “hero” and when a cop is shot on duty or otherwise, he or she was “assassinated”…such notions divide us… yet we ALL have already lost.

  18. The arrogant gaul of the news media and the police to ask “we the people” to give up peaceful protests that have made this country so great. They (police) and the news media have come together and truly believe so arrogantly that they are above the laws and the protests must be exposing that fact and is making them very uneasy indeed. The question has to be asked and answered… why are their calls before the the two cops bodies are cold asking all protests to cease? Wasn’t not asked in Vegas when two of their mindsets killed two of their own… Common sense and their actions answers this question well when they have no justifications for cold blooded murder except …. “we are the police… what we say goes and “we the people” better do what you are told”.

  19. You can thank Reagan and Clinton for changing the FCC rules. The FCC’s vision of the public interest standard ­ and how to achieve diverse programming — underwent a significant transformation in the 1980s. As new media industries arose and a new set of FCC Commissioners took office, the FCC made a major policy shift by adopting a marketplace approach to public interest goals. In essence, the FCC held that competition would adequately serve public needs, and that federally mandated obligations were both too vague to be enforced properly and too threatening of broadcasters’ First Amendment rights.(17) Many citizen groups argued that the new policy was tantamount to abandoning the public interest mandate entirely.

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