FOX 8 Cleveland Changing the Narrative?
by Shari Dovale
A horrific murder was committed this weekend in Cleveland, and the alleged suspect, Steve Stephens, showed the act on Facebook live. It was a senseless killing of a 74-year old man walking home after Easter dinner.
Our sincere condolences go out to the family of Robert Goodwin, Sr. and we hope that the suspect is apprehended quickly.
There is a photo-shopped pic circulating on Facebook that claims the suspect was identified by FOX 8 Cleveland as having “Dark White Skin”. FOX 8 responded on twitter that this picture did not originate from them. They then show their original picture:
The problem that FOX 8 has not addressed is that their original photo does not identify the suspect’s race.
I don’t know any law enforcement officer that would write up a report identifying a suspect that did not include their race. Any reputable news agency trying to assist in the capture will list all identifying traits for the public to be aware of. This includes the suspect’s race, if known.
Steve Stephens is known to be a black man. Yet, as you can see, Fox 8 does not identify him as such. Neither does CNN.
Even the written articles do not include his race, as you can see from the screen shot:
Could this be an attempt to change the narrative to show that crimes are not committed by Black men? Do an internet search on modern wanted posters. They will all include descriptions of the suspects that include race, height, weight, etc.
It does make one wonder if this was an isolated incident, a mistake, or if it is the new trend? The new narrative?
The story was reported by other news outlets, including Cleveland19.com, and they did report the story correctly. Why then, should it be an issue for FOX 8?
I do hope they correct this to show less bias.