The CNN tweet conveniently blamed Brooks’ vehicle, without any mention of the career criminal behind the wheel.
CNN was the center of an intense backlash on Sunday over a tweet suggesting that the SUV involved in the Waukesha parade attack was responsible for the massacre that resulted in six deaths.
Darrell Brooks was charged with intentional homicide after driving his red SUV through a crowded street commemorating the holiday season, claiming six lives of those ages 8 to 81 and injuring dozens more.
Darrell Brooks is a career criminal, with his first felony coming in the 1990s. Darrell Brooks had also made bail twice in Wisconsin his year despite having an active sex crime warrant out of Nevada and claiming to be indigent, court records showed.
On Sunday, however, CNN appeared to place the responsibility on Brooks’ vehicle, making no mention of the career criminal behind the wheel.
The tweet read, “Waukesha will hold a moment of silence today, marking one week since a car drove through a city Christmas parade, killing six people and injuring scores of others.”
Thankfully, critics did not appreciate the apparent attempt to deflect blame from the suspect.
With one Twitter user stating, “Doesn’t fit their agenda.”
While another user stated, “The driver wasn’t a white man.”
Pluribus editor Jeryl Bier noted that CNN appeared to change the headline to, “Waukesha will hold a moment of silence Sunday, one week after a man plowed a vehicle through a Christmas parade.”
Even with come Twitter users bringing in Joe Rogan to add fuel to the fire.
The CNN tweet comes amid ongoing criticism over the media’s decision to refer to the deadly attack as a “parade crash,” downplaying the intent prosecutors have leveled against the career criminal.