The Columbus Police Department released bodycam footage late Tuesday showing an officer shooting Bryant, who was attacking another Black teenager with a knife.
However, that key detail was not mentioned in a tweet put out by CBS News Wednesday evening, despite the fact that other news outlets were similarly criticized for ignoring that fact earlier in the day.
“The same day that Derek Chauvin was found guilty for the death of George Floyd, 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant was fatally shot by police in Columbus, Ohio. On Wednesday, hundreds of people gathered in the city to call for justice for Bryant,” CBS tweeted alongside footage from a demonstration.
The report CBS News linked to acknowledged that Bryant had “something in her hand” during the attack and that a knife “could be seen next to Bryant’s body after the shooting.”
Critics knocked the network for the glaring omission.
“Any clue why she was fatally shot by police? Might be relevant for what we might consider ‘justice’ for her…” conservative writer A.G. Hamilton tweeted.
“Inflammatory and misleading bulls— from CBS,” Twitter user Sunny McSunnyface reacted.
The New York Times and The Washington Post were similarly criticized for tweets that also scrubbed the knife assault while others like Huffington Post and AJ+ shared videos doing the same.
The Daily Beast was slammed for publishing misinformation about the shooting that cited Bryant’s aunt as the primary source, despite acknowledging the aunt was not an eyewitness and was only told of what happened by two other relatives.
NPR even admitted that its reporting could turn out to be wrong.
“This is a developing story,” NPR disclaimed at the bottom of its report. “Some facts reported by the media may later turn out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene, and we will update as the situation develops.”