As the country waited anxiously for the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury’s decision in the fatal Michael Brown shooting on Monday night, CNN contributor Donna Brazile basically branded officer Darren Wilson a murderer live on the air. Further, the show's host failed to correct her unfounded statement.
Brazile said she was “baffled” by the 9 p.m. ET announcement of the grand jury decision, questioning why officials wouldn’t make the announcement in the morning. Then she claimed Brown was "shot and murdered."
“I’m also concerned that some of the messages that you’re hearing — these are peaceful protesters by and large. These are members of the community. Something was clearly broken before Michael Brown was shot and murdered. And tonight, Wolf, this is a very tense moment. And I just thought, they’re making a mess out of it once again,” she added.
By claiming that Brown was “murdered,” the CNN contributor essentially asserted that Wilson is already guilty of murder in her mind. Even if grand jury decided to indict Wilson, he would still be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
CNN host Wolf Blitzer did not immediately correct his guest’s unfounded statement.