Media blasted for referring to Waukesha parade attack as 'crash'


Several people have questioned the recent media decision to refer to a man allegedly driving through a crowd of people in Waukesha as a "crash."

Suspect Darrell Brooks was charged last week with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide for allegedly plowing his SUV through crowds of Christmas parade goers, according to the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office. After a sixth child victim was reported, prosecutions announced more charges that are currently pending.

Dozens of injuries have also been reported from the scene.

When CBS and CBS reporter David Begnaud reported the charges, however, many were struck by how the broadcast station referred to his alleged act as a "crash."

Although most of the backlash emerged after CBS’ report on the charges, many other mainstream media outlets also notably referred to the events on Sunday as a "crash."

PBS previously wrote "Waukesha parade crash devastates holiday favorites ‘Dancing Grannies.’" USA Today repeatedly wrote about the "Waukesha parade crash" going so far as to label Brooks as the "Waukesha parade crash suspect." Newsweek also updated news on the tragedy under the banner "Waukesha Deadly Christmas Parade Crash."

This reference to the Waukesha tragedy as a "crash" continued even after Brooks was formally charged with intentional homicide.

NPR reported on Brooks' hearing with the headline, "Man charged for Waukesha parade crash made 1st court appearance."

CNN wrote about the charges in an article titled "A sixth victim has died after the deadly Waukesha Christmas parade crash, prosecutors say." HuffPo’s coverage read "Suspect In Deadly Waukesha Parade Crash Charged With Intentional Homicide." The Associated Press a... (Read more)

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