Meet the Press features black shooters in wake of racist white shooting at black church

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UPDATE: Meet the Press received a lot of push back on this segment and Chuck Todd issued this response.

We’ve gotten a lot of feedback about the gun video we showed on Meet the Press today. Some were upset it only featured African-American men talking about their regrets of pulling a trigger. All of the men in the piece volunteered to be a part of the video and the larger project it is a part of.

But the last thing we wanted was to cloud the discussion of the topic.

The original decision to air this segment was made before Wednesday’s massacre. However, the staff and I had an internal debate about whether to show it at all this week. When we discussed putting it off, that conversation centered around race and perception – not the conversation we wanted the segment to invoke.

We decided against delaying the segment because we wanted to show multiple sides of what gun violence does in this country. We thought the issue of gun violence in our culture and society was an important conversation to continue — too important to put off for another week. The consequences of gun violence should not be hidden.

As I say to all audiences, Meet the Press should make all viewers uncomfortable at some point or we are not doing our job. I hope folks view the gun video as a part of the conversation we should all be having and not the totality of it.

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  • Bill  On June 22, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Although the prisoners who were featured are black, their perspective on the use of firearms in the commission of violent acts is no less relevant. And further, their victims are no less dead and for a period of time that is no shorter than the victims of the white racist being discussed. I find it quite amusing that those of us who so vehemently decry racism cannot seem to analyze any circumstance or event sans the influence of the lens of race.

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