Rush to link Scalise to “white supremacy” …
After Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot this morning by a man who reportedly loved Bernie and hated the GOP, many in the media wasted little time in trying to link Scalise to white supremacists like David Duke. Ashley Rae Goldenberg noticed the disturbing trend and pegged the number of stories at “almost 1,000 recent results” on Google News.
Here are some of the stories:
- NY Post: Steve Scalise once defended himself against links to David Duke
- Esquire: Some Background on Steve Scalise, the Republican Congressman Who Was Shot This Morning (Bonus points for calling Scalise a “hard-line conservative.”)
- CNN: Who is Steve Scalise?
- Washington Post: Who is Steve Scalise, the congressman shot at a baseball practice?
That’s just a small, but disturbing sample.
As Scalise remains in critical condition, news organizations see fit to highlight something Scalise apologized for doing, as if it had anything to do with why he was shot.
How about we take a step back – and not try to push a narrative – when someone is in the hospital?
More from the media in reaction …
On the whole, media reaction to this shooting has been surprisingly mild in its overall tone. But, of course, there have been some absurd moments.
It’s the AR-15’s fault … The U.K. Telegraph is quickly focused on a gun, not the person using the gun. They offered an explainer on the AR-15’s “long and bloody history in America.” Here’s more coverage from CR on the Left focusing on the gun.
Humanizing the alleged shooter … Much like after a terrorist attack, the media rushed to humanize the attacker. Multiple cable networks used this bizarre statement from an acquaintance of the shooter to do so.
What have you seen?
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