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Since there was no violence what so ever at the pro-gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia on Monday, CBS Evening News apparently decided to make-up some fake news and claim there was. As fill-in anchor Maurice DuBois began discussing the event, he falsely claimed there was “more than a week” of “violence” leading up to the rally. But back in reality, there wasn’t.
Before he even got to the report, and longer still until CBS admitted there was no violence, DuBois used the opening tease of the program to mislead viewers by suggesting rally goers forced Richmond law enforcement to deploy riot police. “Tight security, more than 20,000 show up to protest stricter gun laws in Richmond as police in riot gear turn out in force. The latest on Virginia's showdown over the second amendment,” he purported.
At no point did CBS show pictures or video of these supposedly-deployed riot police.
That misleading narrative about police deployment continued as he got to the segment. “The tightened security came after more than a week of threats and violence and the governor after he declared a state of emergency,” DuBois lied. There was no evidence to support his claim that “more than a week” of “violence” occurred ahead of the event.
CBS chief justice and homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues was on the ground in Richmond, giving the sense that Second Amendment supporters were a threat to national security.