Cleveland TV Station Apologizes For Report On Charles Ramsey’s Criminal Record: ‘Poor Judgment Call’

Soon after the news broke about the three women in Ohio who were held captive, Charles Ramsey was hailed a hero for his role in helping them escape. And not long after that, The Smoking Gun reported that Ramsey was a “repeat domestic abuser” who did prison time. Local Cleveland station WEWS apologized on Friday for posting that report — labeling it a “poor judgement call.”

Ramsey “is a convicted felon whose rap sheet includes three separate domestic violence convictions that resulted in prison terms,” the report said, citing records about incidents that occurred between 1997 and 2003.

Following negative feedback, WEWS posted the following apology on their Facebook page:

We heard you. Wednesday night, we made a poor judgment call in posting a story about Charles Ramsey’s criminal record and how he’s since reformed. While the story was factually sound, the timing of it and publication of such information was not in good taste, and we regret it. Your comments prompted us to quickly remove the story from our website and Facebook page, but we know we can’t erase what we’ve already done. Ramsey is a hero for his actions, and we recognize that. Thank you so much for your feedback.

Yesterday, MSNBC host Al Sharpton came to Ramsey’s defense, arguing that he “should be given credit for what he did.” Ramsey’s “an ordinary man, even an imperfect man can be a hero,” Sharpton contended.

(h/t Poynter)

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