Accuracy in Media

The media got another major story wrong in 2016, this time, it was about the truth behind the Pulse gay nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., by a supporter of the Islamic State.

The narrative from the media at the time blamed Republicans, conservatives and Christians for creating an atmosphere of anti-LGBT and anti-gay rhetoric that spurred an alleged closeted-gay man to kill nightclub goers.

The Washington Post, the New York Times, Slate, and other media outlets criticized conservatives, not terrorism or the Islamic State.

But, the recent verdict in the Pulse nightclub shooting case, where the shooter’s wife was tried for complicity in the murders, exposed the false media narrative. The verdict was that the shooter’s wife was abused and beaten, and was not found guilty of collaborating in the crime and found not guilty for obstructing justice.

During the course of the trial, the truth came out: The shooter tried to kill tourists at the Disney theme park, but because there was a security presence, he opted to shoot up a nightclub, which he apparently did not know was a gay nightclub. The shooter was not repressing homosexual feelings, as the media alleged, and had never been there before, which also refuted the media’s prior reporting.




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