CNN Anchor Apologizes: I 'Misspoke' When I Called Police Attacker 'Courageous & Brave'
CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield apologized and said she misspoke when she called a Dallas gunman “courageous and brave” this weekend.
Authorities say James Boulware was armed with automatic weapons and explosives when he opened fire at Dallas police headquarters. They say he also rammed a squad car with an armored van. Police chased him for miles and then killed him in a standoff that lasted for hours.
“It was very courageous and brave, if not crazy as well, to open fire on the police headquarters,” Whitfield said during this weekend’s coverage of the incident.
She addressed that remark the next day, telling viewers, “I misspoke and in no way believe the gunman was courageous nor brave.”
Howard Kurtz was on “America’s Newsroom” today, where he said that the CNN anchor’s comments were "inexcusable." He called her remarks Sunday a clarification, not an apology, noting that she didn’t apologize to police or her viewers.
Kurtz also remarked that the handling of this ordeal was "abominable." He said that the story "metastasized," with 24 hours passing between Whitfield’s original comment and her clarification.
Whitfield later apologized and clarified her remarks in a second on-air appearance, saying, "I misspoke terribly. I misused those words terribly. And I sincerely apologize for making this statement, and I understand now how offensive it was, and I want to reiterate that in no way do I believe the gunman was courageous or brave. I sincerely apologize."
Watch her remarks above, along with Howard's analysis.
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