The mass media and the alternative media both follow very predictable scripts in the wake of every mass shooting tragedy. The first step is to quickly dig into the perpetrator’s background to find confirmation bias of ones own particular political ideology. If you lean left, you want the shooter to be a tea-party member and Trump supporter. If you lean right, you want him to be a registered democrat and Muslim, which Omar Mateen ironically was in the instance of the Pulse gay club shooting. He was most likely a self loathing homosexual as well, but the point is that everyone rushes to prop up their own particular political ideology.
The New York Times and others seem almost as if they have scripts waiting on a hard drive, with stories, memes, pictures, and narratives pre-prepared to be rolled out in the aftermath of such tragedies. No, I am not saying that these shootings are conspiracies of some kind, but simply pointing out that the press milks them for all they are worth.
Most of us are accustomed to reading non-sense in the press. This cynicism is what has led to someone like Donald Trump being successful as a anti-media candidate. People have so little faith in the press at this point that openly mocking and deriding journalists is seen as preferable while past candidates would seek to become the darling of major newspapers. Whatever your thoughts are about Trump, it is not hard to understand why Americans are losing faith in our fourth estate.
On the non-sense side of reporting, Gersh Kuntzman at the the New York Daily News really took it to the next level. New York City based newspapers are infamous for being anti-gun, so yet another slew of articles about how evil the NRA is in the wake of a mass shooting is unsurprising but Kuntzman goes above and beyond in his article titled: What is it like to fire an AR-15? It’s horrifying, menacing, and very very loud.