The misinformation spread public fear of a nonexistent cabal of snipers, and attacked Black Lives Matter.
The mainstream media in the U.S. and abroad badly botched the reporting of the Dallas police shooting that killed five officers Thursday, egged on by speculation by police sources that a team of snipers was bent on avenging the killing of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana by white cops the day before...
The team-of-snipers theory, nonetheless, was repeated in media accounts, including with police-attributed information that multiple snipers positioned themselves on elevated ground to triangulate and hit their targets. What had happened instead was Johnson, a military veteran who served in Afghanistan, used armed combat shooting techniques from a position on the ground to shoot cops one by one.
In the fog of this domestic battleground, it is understandable that the police were not able to understand how one assailant was able to shoot nearly a dozen officers and kill five. But the message and framing that they allowed to get out and which was perpetuated in the media was the stereotype of a cabal of heavily armed black snipers launching a domestic version of a race war.
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