The Media Covered The Gabby Giffords And Steve Scalise Shootings In Much Different Ways

The parallels between the shooting in Alexandria, VA last week and the 2011 shooting involving Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) are striking.

Both involved a member of Congress sustaining critical injuries. In Giffords’ case, the media assumed a political motive for the gunman, while the Alexandria shooter almost certainly was politically motivated. Both shooters turned out to be unhinged.