Accuracy in Media

The New York Times blamed President Donald Trump for the tragic El Paso shooting, showing a double standard against the president.

“El Paso Shooting Suspect’s Manifesto Echoes Trump’s Language,” blared the Times headline by  Peter Baker and Michael D. Shear, writing that “The suspect wrote that his views ‘predate Trump,’ as if anticipating the political debate that would follow the blood bath. But if Mr. Trump did not originally inspire the gunman, he has brought into the mainstream polarizing ideas and people once consigned to the fringes of American society.”

The article quoted acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney on ABC’s “This Week” condemning white supremacy, but failed to cite Mulvaney’s important additional point: “Look, did anyone blame Bernie Sanders for the Congressional baseball game shooting? [the shooter had cited Sanders as a political inspiration],” Mulvaney said. “No, I don’t think so. Did anyone blame Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for the gentleman – gentleman – for the crazy guy who tried to blow up the DHS office in Washington state, taking I think a homemade bomb and an AR-15 to shoot up what he called a concentration camp, the exact same rhetoric that AOC was using? Did anybody blame her? Look, there’s – there’s no benefit here to trying to make this a political issue. This is a social issue and we need to address it as that.”

The Times article was posted prior to President Trump’s remarks today (The president said: “The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate. In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America – hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul), stating that the president hadn’t taken the El Paso shooting as an occasion to condemn white supremacy, and it quoted “experts” trying to tie Trump to toxic, white supremecist ideology.

However, even before today (when Trump also stated “The dangerous avenues that the internet and social media present to radicalizing disturbed minds cannot and will not be ignored. We must recognize that the internet has provided a dangerous avenue to radicalize disturbed minds and perform demented acts. We must shine light on the dark recesses of the internet, and stop mass murders before they start.

“The internet, likewise, is used for human trafficking, illegal drug distribution, and so many other heinous crimes. The perils of the internet and social media cannot be ignored and they will not be ignored.”), President Trump had already repudiated white supremacy in the wake of the Charlottesville, Va., riots: “Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” President Trump in August 2017. “Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America.”

The Times made no mention of this 2017 repudiation, even while mentioning Charlottesville.

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