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 instances 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 pondering clearly.”
Strahan tried to assist him clarify: “You have been pondering 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 if you happen to’re the police.
ABC famous there was a warrant for Blake primarily based on accusations of home violence and sexual assault. Sexton identified that ABC doesn’t clarify to viewers that when officers encounter Blake, “they don’t have any alternative however to arrest him for the warrant. There isn’t a discretion beneath which they will determine to permit him to go away.”
Then there’s this:
After the taking pictures, Blake informed investigators that he didn’t know why officers have been attempting 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 by 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 performed something so I didn’t really feel like they have been there for me,” that’s simply not true. He had performed one thing and the second he noticed the police he will need to have recognized they may very well be there for him due to the warrant.
ABC did be aware that Blake had beforehand been arrested for making an attempt 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 bunch of officers as they tried to arrest him. Did he actually appear to be a low danger to officer security?
A minimum of Strahan took all of Blake’s curious testimony and pressed him with a essential perspective. He mentioned some individuals 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 might cease strolling away from them and they might have my consideration.” However the dominant narrative stays that the police are normally flawed in these conditions.
That is the sympathetic narrative you’d discover on the GMA web site: