NPR tried to frame this incident as a racist white incident and tried to claim that the imaginary racists that they believe in is somehow real.
NPR made excuses for violent mob attacking black motorist
A black female motorist on Wednesday struck a man with her car when he tried to block her from escaping a violent mob in Louisville, Kentucky, according to local law enforcement officials.
Despite the immediate availability of footage showing the woman speed away as she was being physically assaulted by the crowd, despite the fact that one of her assailants even pulled a gun on her, National Public Radio published a report this weekend portraying the motorist as not just a villain, but a “right-wing” extremist.
Although it is notoriously difficult to sue news outlets in the United States for defamation or libel, the Kentucky motorist has a pretty strong case.
NPR claimed on Sunday in a since-deleted tweet, “Right-wing extremists are turning cars into weapons, with reports of 50 vehicle-ramming incidents since protests erupted nationwide in late May.” The tweet included a picture of the Louisville altercation.
The accompanying NPR report, titled “Vehicle Attacks Rise As Extremists Target Protesters,” also featured an image of the incident.
Just so we are all on the same page: A woman hit a man with her car on Wednesday as she fled from a mob that had turned violent. The Louisville Metro Police Department shared surveillance footage of the incident that same day. The footage clearly appears to support the woman’s claim that she feared for her life. Four days later, NPR published an article portraying the woman as a "right-wing extremist" who planned to use her car as a "weapon" against protesters.
NPR later published an editor’s note, which reads, “A previous version of this post and story included a photo of a protester being struck by a car in Louisville, Kentucky. The photo, chosen by editors, does not appear to be an example of the assaults described in the story, and has been replaced.”
And then they replace the accompanied photo with an incident with a three year old unrelated incident.
Vehicle Attacks Rise As Extremists Target Protesters
Editor's note: A previous version of this story included a photo of a protester being struck by a car in Louisville, Kentucky. The photo, chosen by editors, does not appear to be an example of the assaults described in the story, and has been replaced. Police have not charged the driver, but have charged two of the protesters involved in that incident. Authorities continue to investigate.