Yesterday, on June 17, we posted an article that claimed that Sheriff Howard Sills reneged on the reward for the capture of escaped convicts. We relied on a video from wsmv.com. The news reader, Chris Miller, says that no one will receive the reward money. Then they played a clip of Sheriff Howard Sills in which he said:
“It looks like we going to get saved that money. Because the apprehension was the result of officers seeing them after a crime. So I don’t think that, ..
Again I appreciate everyone who put that money up. We are very grateful.”
What is not shown: the context of the Sheriff’s statement.
An alert TTAG reader, Jeff Young, shared a link to the original video at 13WMAZ. In the video, it’s clear that Sheriff Howard Sills is announcing the capture of the two escapees. It’s clear that he believes that law enforcement captured them. In that context his remarks make sense.
We now retract our article — removed from the site — and apologize to Sheriff Sills for our misleading article. The Sheriff was acting in good faith in a stressful situation. The TV station edited the video to misrepresent his views. It’s another instance of “fake news.”
[ED: The Truth About Guns is dedicated to telling the truth about guns. We apologize for failing to keep that promise to our readers, and thank them for keeping us honest.]