Between the dates of Aug.9, 2014 and March 3, 2015, NBC mentioned the phrase 34 times, CBS 55 times, and ABC 51 times.
CBS and NBC reported on the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative without offering any bit of analysis or commentary on it:
ABC News did the same:
CNN did it:
MSNBC did it:
Comedy Central even got into the action:
The 140 times “hands up, don’t shoot” was referenced contradicts the Justice Department’s findings, which determined that at no point during the tragic altercation did Michael Brown attempt to surrender, either physically or verbally.
The MRC’s Kristine Marsh notes:
“Now, the DOJ report and Attorney General Eric Holder have admitted that the catch phrase was based on false witness accounts. None of the networks apologized or admitted their own reporting spread that false narrative.”
The extent to which the repetition of what is now confirmed to be a false narrative had on the social movements and demonstrations that followed is unclear.
What is certain, however, is that at least 140 times, on the three major TV news outlets, the accounts of the events from the dreadful night in Ferguson were inaccurate.