Fredricka Whitfield Says Gunman Who Shot Up Police Dept. Is ‘Courageous & Brave’

A gunman who wanted to take his rage out at the police who he felt were responsible for his losing custody of his son, opened fire on  Dallas, Texas police headquarters on Saturday.  After a standoff with SWAT teams in his armored van, James Boulware was shot and killed by a sniper. Aside from the death of the mentally unstable gunman no law officers or civilians were hurt in the incident.

Dallas Police Headquarters after it was shot at by gunman.

However, CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield thought it would be an appropriate time to test the boundaries of nuance and meaning. While discussing Boulware’s rampage she said;  

“It was very courageous and brave, if not crazy as well, to open fire on the police headquarters, and now you have this scene, this standoff.”

Ooof.  Here you can watch video of the original segment Where Whitfield makes the argument that a single gunman attacking a police station is in fact “courageous and brave.”

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Some people had a problem with this, and social media bravely and courageously tore her a new one.  OK, her defense you’re on television, you have twenty four hours of air time to fill with your 24 hour news network. Sometimes you just… say stuff. I get my words mixed up sometimes, like how I just tried to defend Fredricka Whitfield.

For her part Whitfield apologized for her unfortunate remarks and on her show Sunday issued a statement;

“During a segment on the Dallas Police Department Attack, I used the words ‘courageous and brave’ when discussing the gunman. I misspoke and in no way believe the gunman was courageous, nor brave.”

This reminds me of another time someone tried to call crazy killers “brave” for facing down certain death. Bill Maher famously lost his ABC television show “Politically Incorrect” for saying that President Bush should not have referred to the 9/11 hijackers as “cowards.” Back in 2001, a week after 9/11 the comedian said;  “Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it’s not cowardly.”

What do you think about Fredricka Whitfield’s comments?

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Source:  Variety