Bravo to Rigel Robinson who took to Twitter to school NBC News on the outlet’s choice of headshots used when tweeting about the recent shooting of Samuel DuBose by University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing.
Via Huffington Post:
NBC’s headline announced that the officer, Ray Tensing, had been indicted for murder in Dubose’s death. However, the network’s photo choice — a smiling shot of Tensing in uniform and an old mug shot of Dubose from a charge totally unrelated to his death — implied that Dubose was more of a “criminal” than Tensing.
“Hey @NBCNews, I went ahead and fixed this one for you. Do Better,” Rigel Robinson tweeted, along with a split image of a regular photo of Dubose alongside Tensing’s mugshot.
“How we tell these narratives is important,” Robinson, 19, told The Huffington Post. “Digging up an old mugshot for the black man that got shot instead of the officer that was just indicted for killing him does a disservice to the memory of Mr. Dubose, it does a disservice to journalism, and frankly, it’s just racist.”
Clearly, Robinson has a point here. Take a look at the pics above and tell me the which one you think NBC News wants you to identify as the “bad guy?”