Appalling comment should result in her dismissal
After first flippantly stating she “misspoke,” CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield on Monday finally used the word “apology.”
This past Saturday, the experienced reporter enthused over a man using an armored vehicle to launch a gunfire attack against the Dallas Police Department headquarters as “courageous and brave.”
After facing a storm of criticism, the newly anxious Whitfield announced, “I understand now how offensive it was. I misspoke, terribly. I misused those words terribly and I sincerely apologize for making this statement and I understand now how offensive it was.” She added, “I want to reiterate that in no way do I believe the gunman was courageous or brave. I sincerely apologize.”
Also on Monday, Dan Patrick, the Lieutenant Governor of Texas, wrote this letter to Jeffrey Zucker, President of CNN, regarding her shameful remarks. Lt. Gov. Patrick requested that CNN remove Whitfield from her news host duties for her obvious disrespect of the men and women serving as law enforcement officers around the nation.
Just a simple question, Ms. Whitfield: Why do you “understand now how offensive” your words were, when a couple of days ago they suited you just fine?
(Videos of Whitfield’s initial and subsequent statements can be viewed by clicking on the links.)