A Washington Post story on the online shooting threat targeting the University of Chicago originally omitted the information that the message was racially-tinged and threatened to kill “white devils.”
The original Post story was published early Monday when details were still sparse about the nature of the threat. But when investigators released the text of the threat later in the afternoon, The Post updated their story:
“A suspect has been arrested after a top-ranked university had to cancel classes due to a threat of gun violence against its campus community… [Jabari Dean] allegedly wrote a social media post over Thanksgiving weekend in which he stated that he would execute approximately sixteen students or staff members on the campus quad Monday, according to the prosecutor’s office, which cited a complaint and affidavit filed in court.”
But as The Daily Caller’s Evan Gahr first noted, the story as written seemed to exclude the fact that Dean was black, and that he didn’t just promise to execute anyone, he promised to kill white males and any white policemen who came after him:
I will be armed with an M-4 carbine and two desert eagles, all fully loaded. I will execute approximately 16 white male students and or staff… I will then die killing any number of white policeman in the process. This is not a joke. I am [sic] to do my part and rid the world of white devils.
Most outlets that covered the development (Mediaite included) focused on that rather pertinent fact.
When Gahr contacted The Post asking for an explanation, he got no response. But the next day, The Post edited the story to include the racial elements of the threat. Even the headline was updated to “Man arrested for threatening to kill ‘white devils’ at the University of Chicago.”
Some evidence of the original edit still remains; the top comments on the Post piece still all reflect dissatisfaction with the omission. “This newspaper continues to embarrass themselves… you are the definition of a media ‘hack’ for not including this crucial information in your story,” the top-rated comment complains. “Never trust the Washington Post to tell you the entire story.”
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