The media narrative has shifted significantly since the tragic shooting at a Florida high school in Parkland.
At first, the media clamored for comments from anti-gun activists, with CNN hosting a town hall event in Florida that allowed gun control activists, victims and their family members to rail against the National Rifle Association, their spokeswoman Dana Loesch and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.).
With more details emerging, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and his deputies have been criticized for inaction leading up to and during the mass shooting.
The Sun-Sentinel reported that Israel hired allies to staff his sheriff’s department and to spin the news favorably for him and his deputies:
A log of employees hired by the sheriff shows 10 workers were hired since 2013 into “outreach” roles, their salaries totalling $634,479. The unit is embedded into a $2.4 million community services division. When the budget year closes out in October, the outreach team expects to have made contact with 320,000 people, budget documents say.
The outreach workers, who mainly attend community events, are in addition to political activists and others Israel hired into community affairs roles, writing and designing printed pieces about the agency, and sharing it on social media. The employee log shows six hired into community affairs roles, their salaries totaling $388,729.
CNN, ABC News, CBS News and NBC News failed to run articles detailing these accusations.