Cop Uses Citizen As Human Shield? - Page 3
Note the video's title, and Ana Kasparian's opening statement. "A man and a cop were hit by a car during an arrest." Is a cop not a man? It's a small thing, and may not be terribly meaningful on its own. However, the Young Turks' founder is notorious for repeatedly using the phrase, "C'mon man, be a human" while wrongly criticizing first responders. Unfortunately firefighters and police officers are often discussed in subhuman terms on this channel, which makes this phrase stick out.
I believe that the subtleties of language are extremely important in forming public opinion, a concept I have heard each of these commentators discuss.
Unfortunately The Young Turks is a habitual offender regarding failure to research. They speculate that the video may be 15 years old, and admit they have no further data about the story. The date of the incident, 9/20/11, is shown in the source clip, as is the originating agency - Ohio State Police. On the lower right is a CNN logo, in the upper right the local news logo. In other words, all the information they could possibly need to find out more information before commenting was available. There is no excuse for this inattention and poor work ethic.
I spent less than ten minutes researching this story, and discovered that they lifted the title directly from CNN. So it's simple intellectual laziness. I also followed the clues provided on the source video to the local channel, TV10, which did a much more informativeand professionally reported piece on the incident.
Ben Mankiewicz: There didn't seem to be a great deal of, like, the cop panicking, running around making sure the guy was OK.
It never ceases to amaze me when civilian commentators criticize public safety personnel for maintaining their composure in the performance of their duties. Is panic an appropriate response for the person whose job it is to control any and every situation? Is that really what you want from police officers? Though I like Ben Mankiewicz,his contribution here was dreadful.
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I heard the (injured) officer immediately take the best possible action - get on the radio and request help. The citizen certainly needed medical assessment, as did the trooper. He still needed to complete the investigation he was doing before the incident, and deal with the person who hit them.