Jonathan Capehart is an opinion writer at the Washington Post and regularly appears on liberal television media. He too got caught up in the "hands up don't shoot" lie after the killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson Missouri last August.
Kudos to Capehart for being big enough to admit he was manipulated by a lie:
What [Department of Justice report] found made me ill. Wilson knew about the theft of the cigarillos from the convenience store and had a description of the suspects. Brown fought with the officer and tried to take his gun. And the popular hands-up storyline, which isn’t corroborated by ballistic and DNA evidence and multiple witness statements, was perpetuated by Witness 101. In fact, just about everything said to the media by Witness 101, whom we all know as Dorian Johnson, the friend with Brown that day, was not supported by the evidence and other witness statements.Capehart also goes point by point through the report and if anyone reading here is still not clued in, read his entire column here.
The DOJ report notes on page 44 that Johnson “made multiple statements to the media immediately following the incident that spawned the popular narrative that Wilson shot Brown execution-style as he held up his hands in surrender.” In one of those interviews, Johnson told MSNBC that Brown was shot in the back by Wilson. It was then that Johnson said Brown stopped, turned around with his hands up and said, “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” And, like that, “hands up, don’t shoot” became the mantra of a movement. But it was wrong, built on a lie.
Now that black lives matter to everyone, it is imperative that we continue marching for and giving voice to those killed in racially charged incidents at the hands of police and others. But we must never allow ourselves to march under the banner of a false narrative on behalf of someone who would otherwise offend our sense of right and wrong. And when we discover that we have, we must acknowledge it, admit our error and keep on marching. That’s what I’ve done here.
It's also important to note that Capehart stands alone when he calls on those who marched "under the banner of a false narrative," to "acknowledge it, admit our error." You'll never hear Al Sharpton, Eric Holder or Obama admit their error. They did too much to propagate the lie to admit their mistake. And that's why you can bet we'll see more of these media, racial circuses in the future. No one has been held accountable for the Twanna Brawley hoax, the Duke LaCrosse players or the Travyon Martin lies. But at least one journalist will be less reluctant to go along with the next lie.
UPDATE: The left goes all racist on Capehart! This won't surprise anyone. Capehart is accused of trying to curry favor with whites and more by online fools who still insist that Mike Brown was "executed" and had his hands up. You would think these idiots would be angry for being so easily manipulated by a lie. But apparently they don't mind at all. Anything for the cause right whitey?