EXPOSED: Phoenix News Reporter Caught Lying About Vandalism of Confederate Memorial

EXPOSED: Phoenix News Reporter Caught Lying About Vandalism of Confederate Memorial

The brazenness of some "journalists" never fails to amaze us, particularly those on the left. This report hints at just one instance of the misinformation media outlets will shamelessly put out to further a divisive narrative.

Last week, an unknown individual leaving the site of a vandalized Confederate memorial at the Arizona State Capitol:

White spray paint covers the stone memorial and placard. A crudely-made cross was added as well.

White spray paint covers the stone memorial and placard. A crudely-made cross was added as well.

According to the original story (which has since been updated), 12News reporter Bryan West claimed he and his crew arrived at the Arizona State Capitol just in time to witness the suspect departing. Apparently, it wasn't until the vandal left that they realized the monument had been covered with white spray paint.

West should've checked the area for surveillance cameras before launching into his story:

The raw footage clearly shows the suspect on his bicycle riding up to the memorial with the Channel 12 news van arriving, headlines ablaze, just seconds later. As the vandal sets to work, the aerosol spray can be seen wafting through the glow of the headlamps, visible even on the grainy footage.

Yet somehow, West and his crew claimed that they "could not see the vandalism from their vantage point."

From the Phoenix New Times:

Dean Ditmer, the station’s general manager and president, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

Ditmer’s statement to New Times and the revised Channel 12 article still don’t quite square up with the surveillance images.

”Our crew could not see the vandalism from their vantage point,” Ditmer said on Wednesday. “As surveillance video shows, the vandalism took place on the other side of the monument and their view was obstructed. When our reporter realized what was happening, he immediately contacted the authorities and gave a description of the suspect.”

In fact, the surveillance video shows that the van was parked near the monument, and that the view was not exactly “obstructed.” The suspect was in the dark for much of his act, but on several occasions he was lit up by the headlights as he worked.

The suspect walked into and toward the van’s headlights when he was finished four minutes later, seemingly unconcerned about the news van’s presence. Then, a minute and a half later, the Channel 12 cameraman walked from the van to the monument and set up a tripod.

When the contradiction initially came to light, Channel 12 removed the incriminating video for a period of time. Shortly after that, Bryan West's facebook page went offline. Both have since been restored under mounting pressure from other investigative journalists, begging the question:

If Bryan West is not a bold-faced liar, why the attempted cover-up?

This was not the only suspicious news story released. Channel 3 (KTVK-TV) and Channel 5 (KPHO-TV) published the surveillance video on AZFamily.com last week, but edited out key scenes of the suspect's arrival and departure. AZFamily also cut out the part near the end of the video where West and the cameraman show up, and the report failed to explain to viewers that the source of the light on the memorial is a news van's headlights.

The news is no longer news, but merely a selection of stories designed to amuse, anger and frighten.

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