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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Edited Interview Raises Ethics Questions For Chicago TV Station

Anchors discussing the controversial piece before it aired. (

Anchors discussing the controversial piece before it aired. (

A story in Chicago is raising eyebrows and ire.

WBBM, a CBS-owned station, aired a video of a cameraman interviewing a 4-year-old at a crime scene about guns. TV viewers saw and heard the boy saying he was going to get a gun when he got older.

But someone involved with the station edited out the rest of the boy’s response, in which he said he’d have a gun because he was going to be a policeman.

Here’s the broadcast that includes the edited audio that aired on TV:

Here’s an excerpt of the un-edited raw interview:


  • Al Tompkins, senior factulty of Broadcast and Online journalism at the Poynter Institute

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