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  1. Andy_brown

    On CNN Thursday, Don Lemon confirmed through a source that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson did not sustain a broken bone in his face prior to shooting unarmed 18-year-old Mike Brown six times. Recently, right-wing media sources have been running with the news that sources close to the situation revealed that Wilson was treated at a hospital for an orbital fracture and that his face was severely swollen. After rumors had been swirling in the conservative blogosphere about the fracture, Hollie McKay at Fox News reported on Wednesday that Wilson was beaten nearly to the point of unconsciousness:

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    Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department’s top brass told
    “The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.”

    With a major news network giving credibility to the story, The Blaze, and other conservative websites and newspapers, ran with it. Ann Coulter, who never, ever makes unfounded and wholly inaccurate statements, wrote a piece for NewsBusters claiming that there was already an X-ray of Wilson’s busted eye publicly released. Of course, no such image exists. My guess is that Coulter got her bit of info from stock images that wingnuts were passing around via blogs showing what an orbital fracture looks like. Allen West used the image in a blogpost of his Tuesday claiming Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture.”

    It didn’t seem to matter that videos taken from the scene of Brown’s shooting show Wilson walking around seemingly injury-free and not tending to his face. Nope. When a good rumor comes along that fits nicely within the narrative you’ve set, you need to push it, and push it hard. Well, right-wingers intent on assassinating Brown’s character and placing Wilson on a pedestal took a big hit Thursday when Lemon revealed Brown did not break Wilson’s eye socket.

    So, how will Fox News and the conservative media entertainment complex spin this over the coming days? What gets me is that inevitably, the truth was going to come out about this anyway. Somewhere down the line, we would all see that Wilson didn’t have his face smashed in and his eye bone broken. While saying these things might make those who support Wilson feel good about themselves for a bit, the truth still catches up eventually.

    Posted on August 22, 2014 - 03:56 PM #
  2. Vitalogy


    Posted on August 22, 2014 - 05:16 PM #
  3. darth talon

    Winston Churchill, "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get it's pants on."

    In the day of 24 hour news, twitter and social media. Everyone is always trying to get the breaking news. The scoop or interview that will break the story open and leave the other news people in the dust.

    Facts. That's what this case in Ferguson. But it's much easier to speak in rumors or false based facts then the truth. Of course some people like to twist the fact to fit their view.

    Posted on August 22, 2014 - 06:49 PM #
  4. Vitalogy

    Still waiting for the pro-lifers to admit they were wrong.

    No police report, no evidence of combat based on the autopsy, no hospital visit by the cop, pretty much zero info from the cops. How many shots were fired?

    Bottom line, this cop is going to jail. That is, IF justice is served.

    Posted on August 22, 2014 - 08:36 PM #
  5. duxrule

    I haven't been able to corroborate the quote, but there's one out there, attributed to Johnny Cochran, saying that there is no one person in the American justice system with more power than the cop on the street. That person can act as judge, jury and executioner, with near-virtual impunity. I would be extremely surprised if Officer Wilson sees any kind of discipline or retribution at all, as sad as that might make the rest of us.

    Posted on August 22, 2014 - 08:45 PM #
  6. jerry1949

    Sure ill take it back but I'm not going to say a mistake is a lie. Just shoddy reporting and not the first instance In this story. But they are maintaining that he went to the hospital with a swollen face. His face was swollen because...?

    Posted on August 22, 2014 - 09:06 PM #
  7. jerry1949

    What does it matter how many shots were fired? If I make five bad shots at at gigantic robber who is rushing me, and the sixth one stops him, so what? He was a bad shot because he was still reeling from being attacked in his car.

    Posted on August 22, 2014 - 09:20 PM #
  8. Vitalogy

    At this point, I'm not sure I believe any "swollenness" exists.

    No report. How many bullets? Where is this cop? Why hasn't he been questioned?

    Anytime an unarmed person is shot and killed by police there should be big red flags waving high.

    And given the video we have all seen of the other black guy getting gunned down by the cops, it's apparent the cops show up and shoot right off the bat.

    Posted on August 22, 2014 - 09:20 PM #
  9. jerry1949

    What about the unarmed white kid gunned down by a black cop two days later? Are you just as outraged by that one? In this case the victim didn't just make a heist, though he was no saint either.

    Is it all about skin color or people in stressful situations trying to do their jobs?

    Posted on August 22, 2014 - 09:23 PM #
  10. Vitalogy

    "What does it matter how many shots were fired?"

    Seriously? Is this a real question you are asking?

    ALL facts have to be on the table when a cop shoots and kills an unarmed person. How many shots were fired by police? Why was there no report? When the cops shoot and kill someone, shouldn't a report be submitted and reviewed?

    Posted on August 22, 2014 - 09:25 PM #