The following tweet was put out by rob cox, a Global Editor of a Reuters division:
This is what happens when @realDonaldTrump calls journalists the enemy of the people. Blood is on your hands, Mr. President. Save your thoughts and prayers for your empty soul.
At least four people killed in Maryland newspaper shooting: reports https://t.co/BXNOhj5BDx
— Rob Cox (@rob1cox) June 28, 2018
cox subsequently deleted the tweet and apologized. But no deletion and apology can change the fact that this is where his “thought process” was, before any of the facts were known.
Ditto for Asha Rangappa, a legal commentator for CNN, who made this statement on Anderson Cooper’s show last night:
[A]nd just to relate this back to kind of a bigger conversation that we’ve had this week about civility and rhetoric, you know, lone wolf actors are often alienated individuals who are looking to displace their anger and frustration onto some kind of outside entity or enemy, and I think it’s worth pointing out that we’ve had a constant rhetoric coming even from the President that the press is the enemy of the people, that’s been repeated constantly, and I think it’s worth noting if there is a link here that the publication was being targeted that that kind of rhetoric can be very dangerous in these times.
They know nothing about why the massacre took place. But they go public blaming it on Trump.
Tell me: did these same media types blame the intended massacre of Republican congresspeople at a softball practice last year – the one that almost killed Rep. Stephen Scalise – or the increasingly aggressive/dangerous public confrontations against members of the Trump administration taking place in just the last week or two, on their non-stop attacks against Donald Trump, complete with hitler/nazi references?
Funny, I don’t recall any mea culpas about those incidents. Do you?
It is precisely this mindset that results in the “fake news” Donald Trump talks about every day.
And precisely why so many people – including people who neither supported nor voted for him (like me) – wind up defending him.