Police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times as he was getting into the car with his family on Sunday night. Blake, who is Black, was unarmed.
Video of the police shooting quickly spread across social media. Many Kenosha residents protested the shooting.
On Monday morning, Fox News focused more on the damage resulting from the protests than it did on the shooting.
On Fox “straight news” program America’s Newsroom, guest anchor Trace Gallagher framed correspondent Mike Tobin’s report around what the police were telling him about the shooting. Neither Gallagher nor Tobin note that Blake was unarmed. At the end of his report, Tobin discussed a prior incident between Blake and the police. This narrative falls into the long-running pattern of right-wing media attacking Black victims of police violence for not being perfect victims.
We saw the same thing happen with George Floyd as well. Fox personalities focused on the perspective of the police, denied that race was involved, and spent considerable time trying to find ways to blame Floyd for his own death -- even though we all saw the officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.
Update (7:30 p.m.): A chyron during Fox's “straight news” program The Story referred to the police shooting of Blake as an “officer-involved shooting.”
Many experts have criticized newsrooms for using the term.