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Yesterday world’s collided with the latest mass shooting at a newspaper in Annapolis, MD. I haven’t even had time to check social media yet, but I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that before the bodies were even cold the following were blamed:
- Lack of gun control
- AR-15 (if he used AR-15, if not refer back to #1)
- Trump for turning people against the media
- White supremacy (if the shooter is white and anyone non-white dies)
- Terrorism (if the shooter is Muslim)
- Illegal immigration (if the shooter is Hispanic)
- NOT the shooter himself
For the record, no one should EVER be responsible if someone else reads something they wrote and commits a crime after doing so. We fundamentally reject the premise that a person can make another person murder someone else. This goes both ways. When Steve Scalese was shot last year by a left wing radical Bernie bro, we did not blame Bernie Sanders. When cops are murdered across the country this is not Shaun King’s fault for spreading anti-police propaganda. When someone shoots up an abortion clinic this is not the fault of pro-life protesters. When someone shoots up a school this is not the fault of “bullies,” video games, or Marilyn Manson.
Nevertheless the media immediately assumed it was because some nutjob Trump acted on Trump’s advice and killed people in the “fake news” media.
Plenty of reporters, including me, receive death threats all the time, particularly after Trump launches another tirade against us. Some have been so threatened, they now carry guns. Regardless of what the motive of Annapolis shooter is, this insanity must stop.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) June 28, 2018
We don’t know the motive for the Capital Gazette newspaper mass shooting in Annapolis, but sincerely hope how Trump and the far right incite hatred towards journalists had nothing to do with it. Regardless, this should send a message that rhetoric is dangerous and unacceptable.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) June 28, 2018
But it was soon revealed that the shooter was not influenced by Milo, and had a personal beef with this newspaper going back to 2011 when he sued them for deformation after they printed courthouse records of his Google trophies.
Police say fatal mass shooting of 5 in Annapolis was "a targeted attack on the Capital Gazette".
Man believed to be suspect, in his late 30's, had sued paper previously.
Police also investigating threats made against Gazette via social media
— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) June 29, 2018
Right on cue the media began doing exactly what they get mad at Trump for saying they do – spreading fake news. And one of the worst tweets came from local Masslive reporter and Twitter blue checkmark verified Conor Berry:
Obviously this was fake news, and he took the tweet down. But as a result he is now getting what’s known as “ratioed” on Twitter. This is when the ratio of comments to likes on a tweet is abnormally high. Normally a tweet gets way more likes than it does comments. For instance, this tweet from yesterday has 19 comments and 74 likes:
It's pathetic that the FBI had to do Maura Healey's job and arrest these troopers who stole all this money from the taxpayers:https://t.co/hWbl9e9hBe
— Turtleboy Sports (@TurtleboyNews) June 28, 2018
That’s a standard 4 to 1 ratio, because it’s easier to hit the like button than comment. But if you’re getting more comments than likes it’s because you tweeted something dumb, no one likes what you’re saying, and people are just ripping into you in the comments. Conor Berry is getting ratioed HARD:
1 to 51. Yikes!
We messaged Mr. Berry for comment and here is what he told us:
I mean, I can’t even be mad at this guy after reading that. He fully admits that it was wrong. He claims it was sarcasm, which if we’re being fair is how anyone who actually looked into it should’ve perceived that tweet. I certainly don’t think he should have 21 years on the job flushed down the toilet because of one dumb tweet, and I actually feel bad for him. Can we all just chill out for a second? Not everyone has to lose their job all the time because they did something dumb. What Kevin Cullen has done over the years by repeatedly lying in his stories is far worse than anything Conor Berry did. Suspend him for a week if you must, be firing him is overboard.
Nevertheless the MSM needs to figure out what their role is. If they are a distributor of sarcasm then they should be treated like The Onion. If they are a distributor of “real news” 24/7, then they can never use their official accounts to tweet anything but real news.
Just to show you how insane this has gotten, Milo (who is still a thing apparently) is being blamed for the shooting by white black lives matter leader Shaun “Martin Luther Cream” King. Milo was contacted last week by the Daily Beast and asked what he thought about Trump provoking violence against the media Milo sarcastically wrote back to the author:
“I can’t wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists down on sight.”
Naturally the Daily Beast printed this as an authentic quote that he actually meant, when no rational person actually believes that what he said was anything except sarcasm. In fairness, the same could be said about Conor Berry’s tweet. I don’t think either was authentic, and I think people who are trying to make it seem authentic are intentionally doing so to give their base the message they want to hear.
But of course that’s not what Shaun King is all about, and it led Talcum X to take to his Facebook page and demand that Milo be censored and kicked out of the country:
This is the difference between Shaun King and Turtleboy. We are not partisan. We see a liberal and a conservative both say something dumb, and determine that both statements were not intended to be taken literally. We don’t blame the right or the left for this shooting, we blame the shooter. We report real news, Shaun King spins the news to fit his agenda.
The fact that this came from a guy who routinely uses his platform to spread blatant lies like this one is just too much irony for me to handle today.
The bottom line is that Shaun King is human garbage, Milo is a professional troll, the Daily Beast knew full well they were intentionally misreporting, and Conor Berry seems like a nice guy who shouldn’t lose his career because he said something dumb on Twitter. And the best way to avoid controversy like this is to just not use social media. I understand people like Conor have because of their line of work, but this should be a lesson to everyone else – the Internet is forever and it’s a very unforgiving place.