Accuracy in Media

The Boston Herald urged that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) “must stop using dangerous and false rhetoric immediately,” against police by painting law enforcement as hopelessly corrupt and racist. The paper argued this puts police in danger and cited law enforcement officials concerned about Warren’s rhetoric.

The Herald also specifically flagged its hometown senator for a tweet perpetuating the falsehood that teenaged Michael Brown was “murdered” by police in Ferguson, Mo., even though according to the investigation into Brown’s case released during the Obama administration, “The unarmed 18-year-old black man’s shooting by a police officer was ruled an act of ‘self-defense’ by the U.S. Department of Justice. Witnesses corroborated the officer’s testimony that Brown was charging at him after already trying to wrestle away his gun,” the Herald wrote.

“The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association wrote to Warren Tuesday saying her Friday tweet that black teen Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo., was  ‘murdered by a white police officer’ is ‘appalling,’” the Herald noted.

The Herald’s accuracy was in contrast to national media networks like MSNBC and CNN, which did not correct Warren’s statement.

Former George W. Bush White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, a prominent conservative, tweeted about the network silence, which was reported by The Washington Free Beacon: “MSNBC, CNN Ignore Warren and Harris Falsely Tweeting Michael Brown Was Murdered.”


The Herald noted that two Massachusetts police officers were murdered last year.

“Law enforcement is under assault in this country,” wrote the Herald’s editorial board. “Several ICE facilities have been attacked this year. On Wednesday, six Philadelphia police officers were shot in the line of duty during a standoff. Those same police also had to deal with being taunted by some bystanders, who laughed and yelled at them in the midst of the gunfire.”

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