The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation deleted a tweet that upset many other tweeters for its lack of context.
The tweet accompanied a story about U.S. Covington Catholic high school students and Native American Nathan Phillips who have been the subject of countless news reports after being shown in viral videos from Washington, D.C. The school and local Catholic diocese apologized for its students’ behavior; the teenage student shown standing face-to-face with Phillips issued a statement saying his classmates were chanting in response to other protesters who were calling the students names.
The now-deleted CBC tweet read “Video shows youth standing extremely close to elderly man while others laugh.”
CBC spokesperson Chuck Thompson told iMediaEthics by e-mail, “The tweet was posted yesterday afternoon and came down this morning. Senior leaders within CBC News made the decision to delete the tweet because it wasn’t reflective of the content of the story. By and large, the complaints were mostly on Twitter.”
CBC News deleted the tweet and noted in a new tweet, “Yesterday, we sent out a poorly worded tweet with this story. We have deleted that tweet.” In another tweet, CBC said, “The original tweet on this story lacked context. The circulating video shows a youth wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat standing extremely close an elderly Native American as he chants and plays a drum. Other youths surrounded them, laughing and shouting.”
The original tweet on this story lacked context. The circulating video shows a youth wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat standing extremely close an elderly Native American as he chants and plays a drum. Other youths surrounded them, laughing and shouting. ^ph— CBC News (@CBCNews) January 19, 2019