News 9 shows b-roll footage of wrong black guy in profile on new OK County Sheriff…

We’d like to give a happy TLO welcome to new Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson III!

He was officially sworn into office yesterday, and in doing so, became the first Black man to serve as Oklahoma County Sheriff. Knowing what we know about racism in our state and country – especially when it has to do with law enforcement–  it’s a historic event, and represents a twinkle of progress in today’s still-chaotic, seemingly apocalyptic times.

Naturally, KWTV News 9 was on the scene and on the story and sent Kelsey Kernstine into the Oklahoma wind to document the historic occasion. They aired this report on the 5pm news that, for some reason, includes a good chunk of footage of Wayland Cubit – the black man who faced Johnson in the 2020 election.

Check this out:

In all fairness to News 9, I doubt there was anything malicious about the mistake. My internet research tells me the cross-race effect is a real thing, and as their staff page shows, News 9 doesn’t really have a lot of black employees on hand to catch this type of stuff. Plus, it’s not like Wayland Cubit was wearing a shirt with his name on it…

Okay, so maybe he was.

Either way, I guess word got back around to News 9 that they showed the wrong black guy who was running for sheriff in the story and they quickly fixed their mistake. You can watch the corrected video here.

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11 Responses

  1. “News 9 – Oklahoma owned and Oklahoma operated etc., etc.” pretty much tells us all we need to know from the get-go.

  2. They should have used stock footage of the Sheriff stating ‘scuze me while I whip this out.’

    1. Mark, you win comment of the day!!! ROTFLMAO!!

  3. It’s hard for local TV news to get good help out of those low-paid (or unpaid) interns from the OU J-school. The kids may even be suffering from chronic whiteness and Greek culture, in which black people “all look alike” to them.

  4. Ah, the OKC local media/news market. Good job at covering that boring and slightly embarrassing microphone drop with B-Roll. Would have been nice to have used the correct B-Roll, but nice try!

    Was impressed that the sheriff picked up the microphone himself. Normal thing would be to have one of your entourage pick it up as most politicians are above doing any actual work.

    I also enjoyed the reporter saying the sheriff said he was adding body cameras to his deputies. As TV is a visual medium, why not show the answer from the sheriff instead of just reporting he said “by cutting the fat and moving money around.” I’m guessing it was a much longer answer and that is the take of the reporter. Or perhaps that was an answer that some other candidate gave and the reporter was confused like the person who pulled the b-roll.

    Knowing how newsrooms are run, it probably was more likely incompetence on the wrong footage. Getting something done quickly always more important than correctly in OKC TV newsrooms.

  5. I’m not that Black Guy!!!

    1. Damn it, you beat me to it. LOL

  6. Let’s be honest. All cops look alike to me and I got two brothers who are cops. The only exception was J. Edgar Hoover and his little black dress.

  7. Come to think about it, all tv-news anchors look alike.

  8. What’s the problem? They got the color right. It’s not as if they used stock footage of Canadian County Sheriff Chris West and his “posse”.


  9. Pretty funny they used Reggie Hammond’s line from 48 Hours for the caption…

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