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Media criticized for calling Waukesha massacre a ‘parade crash’

CBS News, The Associated Press (AP), Washington post, and various other media have sharply criticized social media for calling the horrific attack in Waukesha, Wisconsin a “parade accident.”

Suspect Darrell E. Brooks Jr. reportedly smashed an SUV into crowds of people attending the Waukesha Christmas Parade on Sunday, killing six people, including a child, and injuring at least 62 others. According to authorities, Brooks’ alleged act was “intentional” and occurred shortly after an incident of domestic unrest. Police were not chasing the suspect at the time of the alleged attack, contrary to initial reports.

Despite all of these facts, CBS News decided to call the incident a “parade accident” when it covered Brooks’ court appearance on Tuesday where he was charged with five counts of first degree intentional homicide.

“Man charged with fatal Christmas parade accident in Waukesha, WI makes his first court appearance,” CBS News reported.

David Begnaud, senior national correspondent for CBS News, also repeated the tag ‘parade crash’ when announcing the sixth confirmed death – Jackson Sparks, eight.

A CBS News headline also called Darrell Brooks a “parade crash suspect”:

The Associated Press repeated the same label, calling Brooks a “parade accident suspect.”

The far left Washington post had not one but two headlines describing the attack as an SUV hitting people with no mention of an attack or massacre.

“Child is sixth to die after SUV crashes into parade in Wisconsin, prosecutor said,” read a headline from WaPo.

“Waukesha Christmas Parade Crash: Five Victims Identified; driver fleeing a knife fight, authorities say, ”reads another headline.

Sky News, ABC News, The Hill, NPR and CNN also called the attack a “parade crash.”

Needless to say, the comments came swiftly and furiously, denouncing the labels for inexplicably downplaying the seriousness of Sunday’s events.

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