Accuracy in Media

The Miami Herald, a Florida newspaper, wrote an article that defended the actions and alleged inactions of the Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Israel’s department and his job are being criticized by state Republican lawmakers after the news went public that one of his deputies did not enter the high school to engage the shooter.

At least three other deputies from Israel’s department arrived, and they too did not enter the school to find and engage the shooter, per news reports.

The news broke after a contentious televised CNN town hall, where activists and shooting survivors blasted the National Rifle Association, its spokeswoman Dana Loesch and Sen. Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.).

Still, the Herald’s headline read, “Controversy over Parkland shooting is political and personal for Sheriff Scott Israel.”

The article said the following about Israel, painting a defiant and heroic portrayal of the sheriff:

Somehow, the worst stretch of Scott Israel’s life has gotten even worse…

In the days after the shooting, Israel was a face of calm, a rock defending a neighborhood where he coached football, his triplets attended school and until recently he owned a home literally across the street from Stoneman Douglas High School. An advocate for the ban of semi-automatic assault rifles, the Democratic cop successfully lobbied Florida’s NRA-backed, Republican governor to promote mental health legislation and acted as an amplifier for a community that has reignited a national movement for gun control.

And now? Instead of wielding a bullhorn or advocating from a microphone, Israel is under a spotlight. The conversation has shifted away from gun control and toward his agency’s response to the shooting, and whether BSO could and should have done more…

Israel, suddenly the perfect foil for an NRA that blames blown investigations and mental health, remains defiant.

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