I think we can say trust in the media hit a new all time low this afternoon:
“Jarrod W. Ramos, who law enforcement sources say used a shotgun to blast his way into the Capital Gazette newsroom on Thursday, killing five people and wounding two others, had a long-running dispute with the news organization.
He had previously made “general threats” against the community newspaper company over social media, including some as recent Thursday, said William Krampf, Anne Arundel County’s acting police chief. The threats “indicated violence,” Chief Krampf said. …
His feud with The Capital, the chain’s daily newspaper, apparently began with a column in 2011 that detailed his alleged harassment of a high school classmate.”
Contrary to earlier reports, the shooting in Annapolis seems to have had nothing to do with MILO or President Trump describing the press as “the enemy of the people.”
I will reiterate what I said on Gab earlier this evening:
I’ve interacted with the press more than most people and have been smeared in countless hit pieces over the years. At the same time, I have met journalists and reporters who were fair in their articles and I can’t imagine why anyone would want to harm them. In Charlottesville, there were reporters who portrayed the events of August 12th as a “Neo-Nazi domestic terrorist attack.” There were others like Millie Weaver who were attacked by Antifa. Some of our medics treated their injuries that day.
The mainstream media is full of serial liars who are engaging in politics under the cover of journalism. This is why President Trump denounces the press as “the enemy of the American people.” These people act like a hostile elite who have nothing but contempt for ordinary Americans. I just want to stress that not every journalist is our enemy. Some local reporters are just ordinary people doing their jobs. The press needs to reflect on how they as a class have become so alienated from millions of their fellow citizens and change their irresponsible behavior before we see more days like this one.
Millions will hear this news and smile while others will not approve, but will understand the motives of Jarrod Ramos. No one celebrates school shootings while lots of people will rejoice when journalists are shot because they have watched them ruin the lives of people like Andrew Dodson. This shooting in Annapolis is a new milestone in the hatred of the press that might inspire copycats.
If you are a journalist, today was a reminder of the need to show grace and common decency to the people you cover in your stories.