Outrage ensued after a Fox reporter allegedly wrote an insensitive comment regarding the choke hold death of Eric Gardner. Erika Reidt is a freelance reporter for Fox Deportes. According to BuzzFeed News, Reidt commented on an Instagram picture of Kobe Bryant wearing a shirt with the words “I Can’t Breathe” written on the front. ” I can’t breathe” are the last words Eric Garner said after being put in a choke hold that ultimately claimed his life. The phrase has become popular among those protesting police brutality. Reidt apparently was not a fan of the phrase, and she expressed that by writing,
“I’m gonna start wearing a shirt that says ‘I can breathe because I obey the law,’”
Needless to say, backlash occurred immediately. People were enraged by what she said. Her Twitter and Instagram accounts were flooded with angry comments. One person tweeted, “Hey @FOXDeportes, curious if you were aware your correspondent @ErikaReidt uses social media to victim blame.” Another user said on Instagram “What a stupid comment, I hope you lose your job.”
The Fox reporter went straight into damage control mode saying, “I want to clarify in regards to the comment about Eric Garner, my account was hacked & apparently that comment was posted without my consent.”
The public wasn’t falling for the ” I’ve been hacked ” excuse, citing that after the initial comment was posted, she thanked someone for defending it. A comment that she claimed was posted by a hacker.
Finally, a reporter with the guts to state the truth. I teach a home school civics class and of course these current events are discussed. Even my high school and junior high kids recognize the simple truth that in this case, the Missouri case and others that have dominated the media, as "police brutality", the "victim" was breaking the law. The police would not have singled these people out if they had been law abiding citizens. The kids also understand, that to be a productive citizen one must obey the laws of the land.
Why can't these so called educated politicians and media personnel understand that very basic concept of the human race? This is the first I have heard of any one in the media stating the truth of the situation. I guess now we know why! Good for her, I for one hope she keeps her job.
The true cause of Garner's death was his crappy health (probably due to life style ), breaking a law he broke before and resisting arrest !!!!
And I have heard a conservative talk host say repeatedly that the cops were enforcing a law they shouldn't be enforcing,who should enforce it,hire special tobacco police ?