On Thursday’s Good Morning America, co-host Michael Strahan carried out the primary interview with Jacob Blake, who’s partially paralyzed after being shot seven occasions by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which was adopted by damaging rioting. The “goal” media contributed to the unrest by claiming Blake was “unarmed” when he was shot. As John Sexton at Hot Air and others famous, Blake himself admitted on ABC that he had a knife, that it fell out of his pocket after being tased twice by the cops. Then he picked it again up.
“I shouldn’t have picked it up,” Blake admitted. “I wasn’t considering clearly.”
Strahan tried to assist him clarify: “You have been considering when you get the knife into the automobile you have been going to simply say…”
Blake mentioned, “Throw myself to the bottom and put my arms behind my again.”
On Twitter, Jeryl Bier introduced the sarcasm: “Jacob Blake says he was able to give up earlier than being shot, however after he was tased, pulled out the taser darts & put his OPEN KNIFE again in his automobile. Then he’d give up…” That does not make any sense, particularly when you’re the police.
ABC famous there was a warrant for Blake based mostly on accusations of home violence and sexual assault. Sexton identified that ABC doesn’t clarify to viewers that after officers encounter Blake, “they haven’t any selection however to arrest him for the warrant. There is no such thing as a discretion underneath which they will resolve to permit him to depart.”
Then there’s this:
After the capturing, Blake advised investigators that he didn’t know why officers have been making an attempt to arrest him and that he didn’t know he had a felony warrant out for his arrest. However investigators found a text message on his telephone through which Blake talked about having a warrant for his arrest (he solely had one so there’s no confusion about which warrant). Investigators checked out his web search historical past and located that he had appeared up info on his personal warrant on a police web site.
So when Blake claims on this interview, “I hadn’t achieved something so I didn’t really feel like they have been there for me,” that’s simply not true. He had achieved one thing and the second he noticed the police he will need to have identified they could possibly be there for him due to the warrant.
ABC did be aware that Blake had beforehand been arrested for trying to withstand arrest and flee police, however didn’t level out that the earlier occasion from 2010 additionally concerned Blake waving a knife at a gaggle of officers as they tried to arrest him. Did he actually seem to be a low threat to officer security?
At the very least Strahan took all of Blake’s curious testimony and pressed him with a essential perspective. He mentioned some folks watching the video of this incident ask “Why didn’t he simply cease and do what the police are asking him to do?” Blake claimed he could not hear the cops.
Even Strahan is skeptical. “If the police have been preventing me, in the event that they have been tasing me, I’d cease strolling away from them and they’d have my consideration.” However the dominant narrative stays that the police are often flawed in these conditions.
That is the sympathetic narrative you’d discover on the GMA web site: