As previously documented by NewsBusters, a number of shows on the major networks late last week ran with reports of a racist bullying incident at Springfield, Virginia’s Immanuel Christian School that, by late Monday morning, was revealed to be a hoax. The family of 12-year-old Amari Allen admitted that their daughter made up her story, accusing three white classmates of forcibly cutting her long hair.
When the story first came out, the flagship morning and evening shows on ABC, CBS, and NBC combined with CNN and MSNBC for nine minutes and 53 seconds engaging in a frenzy, pushing Allen’s fable as a slamdunk fact as yet another incident of how supposedly racist America is and continues to be in the Trump era.
By Monday evening, two of the six shows that ran the initial claims updated their viewers, while the other four shows had not yet aired since the hoax was revealed. Five of the six shows tried to link Vice President Mike Pence’s wife, Karen, to the story because she teaches art part-time at the same school.