The indisputable fact that the deranged shooter’s beef with the Annapolis Capital Gazette predated Donald Trump’s entry into politics was no obstacle to blaming the president for the newsroom massacre on CNN’s airwaves. But it’s one thing to irrationally attribute causality for a cable news anchor. It’s quite another to attempt to lure a near victim of the shooting into that obsession.
But such considerations were of no moment to Brian Stelter, the ex-New York Times writer who now finds a home on CNN. His first question to Capital Gazette employee Joshua McKerrow gives away the game.
Rush transcript via Grabien:
STELTER: “Joshua, do you feel this was just an isolated incident? A suspect with a grudge against the paper? Or do you think there’s something about anti-media rhetoric becoming louder and more dangerous?”
McKERROW: “I think there have always been threats to newsrooms. It’s always been something you’ve known in the back of your mind. It’s not for me to report whether the rhetoric has raised this or had anything to contribute with this. […]
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