Five days after being cleared by a grand jury, Darren Wilson has resigned from the Ferguson Police Department.
And while the move was expected, the way CNN announced it on Twitter suggests the network is going to miss not having the besieged officer to kick around anymore.
To many social media users, CNN’s description of its story on the resignation was little more than a continuation of a well-worn narrative centered on racial injustice that has been brought under question after the release of grand jury documents last week.
Darren Wilson, the Missouri police officer who killed an unarmed black teen, has resigned, his lawyer says. http://t.co/Jk67R2RBs5
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) November 30, 2014
As if necessary, CNN reminded us in the body of the story that “Wilson is white and Brown was black.” But the description on Twitter was more than enough to spark a spirited response from users, who felt the comment exposed a prevalent bias by the network.
Here are a few of those responses, as seen on Twitter:
So @cnnbrk what do you really think of #DarrenWilson, you shameless hacks? pic.twitter.com/adLjEBcCN5
— Aaron Worthing (@AaronWorthing) November 30, 2014
This headline is exactly why nobody watches @CNN. @cnnbrk @instapundit
— Cheryl (@MuddleVanHeck) November 30, 2014
.@cnnbrk gee whiz CNN which way are you leaning in this debate it was hard to tell by that last tweet
— Elaine Benes (@gwaaace) November 30, 2014
@cnnbrk @CNN Your bias is showing.
— Chris Ellis (@ChrisEllisPhoto) November 30, 2014
@JasonSlusher @instapundit @cnnbrk @CNN way to keep the false narrative going CNN
— Scott (@BuffaloBlueBear) November 30, 2014
@cnnbrk @CNN Wow Race Bait more CNN… Despicable
— Grey (@bspitfire131) November 30, 2014
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