Media (Predictably) Spinning Narrative in El Paso Shooting

Predictably, Sunday’s news cycle has centered around the El Paso, Texas shooting, and an alleged (but still unconfirmed) manifesto left behind by the alleged killer. 

Assuming the manifesto is his, the alleged shooter said his “ideology has not changed for several years,” and that his “opinions on automation, immigration, and the rest predate Trump and his campaign for president.”

“I’m putting this here because some people will blame the President or certain presidential candidates for the attack,” the manifesto said. “This is not the case. I know that the media will probably call me a white supremacist anyway and blame Trump’s rhetoric.”

Still, most news articles, presidential candidates, and political influencers have been quick to blame Trump, alleging that the El Paso shooting, as well as the subsequent mass shooting  in Dayton, Ohio were caused because of his rhetoric. (RELATED: Dayton Shooter Sported Satanist Clothing and Slogans)

The manifesto listed support for “basic universal income,” as well as socialized medicine, and the harmful effects that corporations have on the environment, all typically left-wing issues.

The media, while disingenuously blaming Trump for stoking racial tensions in America, is itself doing the same thing. Mass shootings are not the product of a Trump presidency, evidenced by the fact that they have occurred in America since well before Trump.

Partisan bickering is not a solution.

The media ought to recognize their responsibility in the wake of two horrific acts of violence not to politicize them, further dividing Americans. Rather it should temper its own rhetoric.

Editor’s Note: The Rundown does not print the names or photographs of mass shooters. 

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