Michael Brown: Can We Please Show Some Civility and Restraint in the Aftermath of the Annapolis Massacre?

From the bottom of my heart I’m making an appeal. To my fellow radio and TV commentators. To other journalists. To all of us posting on social media. Please. Can we show some restraint and demonstrate some civility in the aftermath of the latest mass shooting in our country?

This is not about Trump.

This is not about Democrats or Republicans.

This is not even about gun control.

This is about 5 people who went to work on Thursday never to return. It is about families in shock and agony and grief. It is about three others who were physically wounded and many others who will carry emotional wounds for years.

And, according to the latest reports, this was about one man with a personal vendetta against one newspaper company.

This was not about accusations of “fake news” or attacks on the alleged purveyors of “fake news.”

According to what we know, this was about revenge. Murderous, bloody, heartless revenge. Why must we politicize this tragedy? Have we no shame?

A headline on the Huffington Post reads, “The Deadliest Day For U.S. Journalism Since 9/1. The grim milestone comes amid escalating hostility toward the press.”

The article, by Nick Wing, stated, “Although we don’t yet know if the gunman in Annapolis chose to target the Capital Gazette newsroom out of a broader animosity for the media, the killings come at a time of escalating antagonism toward the press, often at the urging of those in the highest ranks of power.”

Remarkably, hours after the real motive of the shooting was revealed, the article and headline remained unchanged.

Another HuffPost headline declared, “‘The Wire’ Creator David Simon Eviscerates Marco Rubio After Newsroom Shooting. ‘You’ve affirmed the notion that the press is an alien, untrustworthy cohort,’ he said.”

This headline and story also remained unchanged after more information about the shooting was released.

What kind of garbage is this? Senator Rubio’s tweets, in fact, were reasonable, as he bemoaned the realities of our deeply divided media. He said, “BTW I’m not happy about this reality. It’s terrible for country. Lack of trust in reporting leaves us vulnerable to conspiracy theories & unable to have debates b/c we can’t even agree on baseline facts. We are all ALL to blame for this mess. Sorry, that includes many in media.” (This was one of several tweets he posted.)

It is obscene that, after the shooting, David Simon tweeted, “From the vantage of someone who is waiting for the death count of journalists shot in their newsroom in my home state, can I simple say that @marcorubio is unfit to be a citizen of a republic, much less a legislator. You should crawl through broken glass to hell, Senator.”

Talk about a rush to judgment. Talk about an embarrassing tweet. Shame on David Simon for connecting Rubio’s reasonable tweets with the slaughter in Annapolis.

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Source: Christian Post