ABC Downplays Censorship of Terrorist’s 911 Call

Kyle Drennen | June 21, 2016
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In the aftermath of the most devastating mass shooting in US history, another controversy loomed as the transcripts from the 911 phone call between Orlando shooter Omar Mateen and emergency dispatchers were initially redacted, only to later be released in full after pressure from Republican leaders such as House Speaker Paul Ryan and eventually some journalists. The redactions included any mention of Mateen’s connections and pledges to the Islamic State. StartingMonday evening and continuing into Tuesday morning, NBC and CBS noticed the brewing scandal and the Obama administration’s reversal on the issue. However, ABC only referred to the contentious topic with vague single-sentence mentions.