Supporters of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson have always claimed that part of what justified his shooting and killing Michael Brown was the fact that he had been seriously wounded in a confrontation with the unarmed teenager. Some right-wing outlets went so far as to claim Wilson suffered a fractured eye socket. But they weren’t the only ones reporting this kind of bogus information.
On the August 20 broadcast of ABC World News, anchor Diane Sawyer told viewers:
Tonight, we are hearing a source close to the police officer who shot Brown. And this source says the policeman’s face was seriously injured. And the source says that could change this case.
The story was picked up by correspondent Jim Avila, who said that there was new information–
including, ABC News has learned, a hospital picture of Officer Wilson’s face, not yet released. A source close to Wilson says the officer suffered a serious facial injury during the initial struggle at the patrol car window.
So ABC‘s report was apparently based on what a friend of Wilson said could be seen in a hospital photo? Yesterday, the grand jury released photos of Wilson taken right after he shot Michael Brown. Here is what Wilson looked like:
Will ABC tell viewers that it spread an unfounded rumor that there was photographic evidence that Darren Wilson was seriously hurt? Or do they consider the photos above as confirmation of what they reported?