This is worse than fake news.
The Washington Post has fallen almost as far as CNN. In a news analysis article, the paper tries to shift blame for James Hodgkinson’s attempt to murder Republican congressmen on conservative talk radio.
It’s an established fact that Hodgkinson was a Bernie-loving, anti-Trump, Rachel Maddow “super fan,” so wouldn’t it make more sense to blame MSNBC?
Peter Holley writes:
In Alexandria shooter’s hometown, rage-filled radio host channels middle America’s inner frustration
It’s not yet 11 a.m., and Bob Romanik, sitting behind the microphone at his radio station in a rundown strip mall in the middle of America, already has said the “n-word” out loud — and on air — at least a dozen times.
Romanik is a surly 68-year-old former East St. Louis street cop. He hates Black Lives Matter and talks proudly about his Caucasian heritage to anyone who will listen. And do they listen. His controversy-courting radio program — he’s the self-styled “Grim Reaper of Radio” on KQQZ 1190 AM — reaches across this region, in and around Belleville, Ill.
The suburban community about 20 miles east of St. Louis drew attention in recent weeks because it was the hometown of James T. Hodgkinson, the out-of-work politically frustrated home inspector who up and left, drove a van to the Washington area, and then shot four people at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria.
The nation was shocked, but Romanik — who seems to delight in launching savage attacks on local politicians and stoking his listeners’ many frustrations about race, crime and government — certainly wasn’t. Despite being a die-hard supporter of President Trump who has perfected the art of the dire populist message, many of Romanik’s biggest fans in southern Illinois are disgruntled Democrats like Hodgkinson.
Here’s a thought. Why not assign some blame to members of the liberal media who go on TV night after night telling viewers that Trump is an illegitimate president and also Hitler?
Negative reactions to Holley’s article came swiftly. Ken Meyer reports at Mediaite:
‘Pure Sh*t’: WaPo Takes Twitter Heat for Connecting Scalise Shooter to Right-Wing Radio Host
Washington Post is taking criticism from conservative corners after supposedly drawing a connection between a controversial radio host and the man who hospitalized Steve Scalise before the Congressional Baseball Game.
On Saturday, WaPo ran a piece titled “In Alexandria shooter’s hometown, rage-filled radio host channels middle America’s inner frustration.” The profile focused on Bob Romanik, a right-leaning shock jock from Belleville, Illinois, which just so happens to be the former hometown of James Hodgkinson.
There were plenty of reactions on Twitter as well. Via Twitchy:
This article is pure shit and low even by your basement standards
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) July 8, 2017
Revision of year: WP suggests, without evidence, Alexandria shooter was inspired by right-wing bigoted radio talker. https://t.co/97tHJDrofH
— Byron York (@ByronYork) July 8, 2017
Like blaming Oswald on right-wing Dallas, as the NYT still does.
— Ramesh Ponnuru (@RameshPonnuru) July 8, 2017
That’s about as desperate a reach by Big Media as I have seen in — how long has it been since that NYT editorial? https://t.co/jQeSQHhIEs
— Patterico (@Patterico) July 8, 2017
The shooter was a leftist who campaigned for Bernie and had a list of GOP targets. Try again.https://t.co/t6wE1p7Bdj
— Raven (@KazeSkyz) July 8, 2017
Devoted Bernie supporter shoots up baseball field of Republicans. Washington Post blames pro Trump talk radio in his hometown for it pic.twitter.com/59HEvgBXZY
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 8, 2017
The progressive left will not take responsibility for anything. Nothing is every your fault. Your rhetoric is never wrong. #Trump2020
— Marianne Connor (@marianneconnor2) July 8, 2017
— Publius (@AmericanusCivis) July 8, 2017
The shooter’s Facebook page was full of MSNBC. Why are you trying so desperately to falsely tie this to the right?
— Jake Domino (@jake_domino) July 8, 2017
Democracy Dies in Your Bullshithttps://t.co/41y8s0NEUp
— Acosta’s Tantrum™ (@EF517_V2) July 8, 2017
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