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.
HAPPENING NOW: Man charged with fatal accident at Christmas parade in Waukesha, WI, makes his first court appearance. https://t.co/H9n7JKbYS7 pic.twitter.com/ewQzezVAXH
– CBS News (@CBSNews) 23 November 2021
David Begnaud, senior national correspondent for CBS News, also repeated the tag ‘parade crash’ when announcing the sixth confirmed death – Jackson Sparks, eight.
BREAKDOWN: Attorney: The 6th person, a child, died in a fatal accident during a parade in Wisconsin.
– David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) 23 November 2021
A CBS News headline also called Darrell Brooks a “parade crash suspect”:
Watch Live: Waukesha Parade Crash Suspect Makes First Court Appearance https://t.co/C4LosspN2L
– CBS News (@CBSNews) 23 November 2021
The Associated Press repeated the same label, calling Brooks a “parade accident suspect.”
WAUKESHA, Wisconsin (AP) – At least 6 children injured in the parade crash in Wisconsin are listed in critical condition, 3 others in serious condition.
– Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) 22 November 2021
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.”
The suspect in the fatal Waukesha parade crash has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide https://t.co/IHJZAvjzlX
– CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) 23 November 2021
NEW: A sixth person, a child, has died of his injuries in the crash at Sunday’s Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, a prosecutor said during the suspect’s first court appearance. https://t.co/PYI6cLuFmg
– ABC News (@ABC) 23 November 2021
Police Chief Dan Thompson confirms the suspect in the Waukesha Christmas Parade crash is Darrell Brooks, 39, of Milwaukee.
He will be charged with five counts of intentional homicide, with additional charges based on the investigation.
Last: https://t.co/USJPgyMAmc pic.twitter.com/8BYnhFsDue
– Sky News (@SkyNews) 22 November 2021
Milwaukee Dancing Grannies Says Members Killed In Parade Crash https://t.co/5U8dKrb32X pic.twitter.com/7oGDJfWhiy
– The Hill (@thehill) 23 November 2021
Hundreds of people gathered at a park in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin Monday night for a candlelight vigil in honor of those lost and injured in a fatal Christmas parade accident a day earlier.
“This vigil is a first step towards healing for our community,” said Mayor Shawn Reilly. pic.twitter.com/cTdVbs3MbE
– NPR (@NPR) 23 November 2021
Needless to say, the comments came swiftly and furiously, denouncing the labels for inexplicably downplaying the seriousness of Sunday’s events.
‘Deadly Parade Crash’ reminds me of the Elmo balloon release in New York – not an act of domestic terrorism by a criminal released by a Soros DA https://t.co/WEHvjtTfyz
– Comfortably sufficient (@ComfortablySmug) 23 November 2021
“Parade crash”. So they settled on it, it seems. https://t.co/IdvjxcDf0s
– Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) November 24, 2021
What a terrible “parade accident”, where an SUV has just crashed, all alone, in these crowds. https://t.co/VdtsdLA7JX
– Sohrab Ahmari (@SohrabAhmari) 23 November 2021
“Parade Crash” may not be the most accurate way to describe someone who deliberately hits people with their car during a parade. https://t.co/dmme6iQGFy
– Jerry Christmas 🎄🎅🏽 (@JerryDunleavy) 23 November 2021
They call it a “parade accident,” guys. #Waukesha
– Tamika Hamilton (@TamikaGHamilton) November 24, 2021
“Parade crash.” It’s like calling September 11 a “plane crash.” https://t.co/PJoegrl5U2
– jimtreacher.substack.com (@jtLOL) November 24, 2021
It was a “parade accident” guys. https://t.co/b9DppHW138
– Larry O’Connor (@LarryOConnor) 23 November 2021
They call it a “parade accident”
Really, these are the enemies of the people https://t.co/99kXuYSpzs
– ELIJAH (@ElijahSchaffer) 23 November 2021
If the races were reversed, do you have any questions about whether this would be reported as a suspected terrorist attack by a white supremacist committing a hate crime?
Not only do I have no doubts, I also know that you have no doubts.
We are in monstrous territory. Our media as a monster.
– Eric Weinstein (@EricRWeinstein) November 24, 2021