Channel 12 News has changed its story about the vandalism of a Confederate memorial at the State Capitol following a New Times article that raised questions about the station’s report.
The station, (KPNX-TV), also removed video from its August 17 story about the vandalism that claimed its reporter and videographer saw the vandal leaving the scene when they showed up. The Facebook site of the reporter, Bryan West, has been taken down, too.
In the deleted video, which originally aired the night of August 17, anchor Tram Mai repeated West’s claim that when West and a cameraman “pulled up to the State Capitol, they watched a man quickly leave with spray paint, then noticed the monument had been vandalized.”
West made similar claims about the vandal leaving as they rolled up in his live, early-morning broadcast on August 17, and also on his Facebook site.