"Earlier this week, Fox News reported that Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old unarmed Michael Brown, suffered a fractured eye socket following his confrontation with the teenager. The reporter, Hollie McKay, cited a “source close to the [police] department’s top brass” as providing that information to the network.
However, on CNN Thursday, Don Lemon reported that Wilson did not suffer a fractured or broken eye socket and was rather treated at the hospital for swelling around his face and eyes. Noting that that specific injury has not been reported by CNN, “but is making its way around other media organization,” Lemon cited a “source close to the investigation” who told CNN that Wilson’s x-rays came back negative for a fractured eye socket.
“That source says it is not true, at all, he did not have a torn eye socket,” Lemon said.
Following Lemon’s report, Nancy Grace offered up her official position on the matter: “I really don’t know if we’re going to know what any of this is, or the truth of it, until it comes out in court.”
Good ole' FAUX NOOZ fulfilling its duty to keep as many people misinformed and agitated about wrong information as it possibly can. Who watches this despicable cable "news" station?
No incident report was filed by the Ferguson Police Department, a standard operating procedure in cases like this, but here is why.
It is instructive, however, to see how quickly certain people jumped on this rumor about a fractured eye socket and spread it around the internet as though it were factual:
From Gateway Pundit, Jim Hoft (aka "The Stupidest Man On The Internet"):
Posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 10:00 AM
The Gateway Pundit can now confirm from two local St. Louis sources that police Officer Darren Wilson suffered facial fractures during his confrontation with deceased 18 year-old Michael Brown. Officer Wilson clearly feared for his life during the incident that led to the shooting death of Brown. This was after Michael Brown and his accomplice Dorian Johnson robbed a local Ferguson convenience store.
More inaccurate reporting on rumor from the conservative blogsphere:
CONFIRMED: Officer Darren Wilson Badly Beaten Before Mike Brown Shooting – Punched In Face, Broken Eye Socket: “He was beaten very severely”…
On that particular site above, people reading it are urged to be more like Andrew Breitbart, y'know, the guy who used lies, smears, and slander as tools in his reporting on controversies. So, yes, that blog is certainly living up to what Breitbart stood for.
All we know to date is that Michael Brown was shot 6 times, 2 of which were in his head, that Officer Darren Wilson is the policeman who shot Brown, and that Officer Wilson did not suffer a fracture to his orbital eye socket (if we can believe CNN.)
As a counter to the scolding and mockery Johnathan Gentry hurled at the people of Ferguson, Missouri, I offer this from Arianna Huffington of Th Huffington Post:
"That rallying spirit of coming together went beyond Ferguson. The Wisconsin Hope Lab helped secure college scholarships for the three siblings of Michael Brown. And since the first day of school for Ferguson kids has been moved back several days -- along with the lunches many of them depend on -- Raleigh, North Carolina, teacher Julianna Mendelsohn, in collaboration with a food bank in St. Louis, took to Fundly to raise money to fill in the food gap.
And there were hundreds more expressions of the better angels of our nature, a sample of them captured by our reporters on Twitter: Ferguson residents helping clean up; giving out diapers and children's books; handing out water, cookies and juice; setting up a food station for the protesters; giving the protesters free pizza; helping protesters hit with tear gas; letting strangers stay in their homes; lending a cellphone so someone could call his mother; handing out free lunches to anyone in the community -- including the police; giving free coffee and wifi to members of the press covering the story; and protecting a store from being looted.
It's all part of a larger picture of Ferguson that hasn't been very much in evidence in the media. But for Ferguson committeewoman Patricia Bynes it's not unexpected. "I'm not surprised because I live here, and I know that we have great people here," she told HuffPost. "So during times like this, this is when those people just step up and just fill the need."