WaPo Congressional Reporter Embraces Thoroughly Debunked AZ Shooting Myth

The New York Times, the Washington Post, etc. have all thoroughly debunked the myth of a politically motivated shooting.

Paul Kane, the Washington Post's Congressional Reporter, is blaming National Review and conservatives for the Arizona shooting wherein Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot.

The problem is that it is not true. Paul Kane's own newspaper, the Washington Post, along with the New York Times and other media outlets have thoroughly debunked that myth. The shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, had mental health issues and had zero political inclination or motivation. At worst, his friends suggested he was sympathetic to far left views. But a fair and comprehensive review of the shooting showed there was zero political motivation or inspiration.

The New York Times editorial board last year had to famous apologize for doing what Paul Kane did today. As the Times noted in its apology, "An earlier version of this editorial incorrectly stated that a link existed between political incitement and the 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords. In fact, no such link was established."

Will Paul Kane apologize?

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JPTravis
JPTravis

The question is, how did a man this ignorant and ill-informed get to be a major newspaper's congressional reporter?

michaelamerica
michaelamerica

Is this, then, an example of "fake news"?

BigJimATL
BigJimATL

To paraphrase Joseph Goebbels, repeat the lie often enough and people will believe it. Funny how the left keeps calling conservatives Nazis when it is the left who engages in the Nazi-like tactics. Anyone see a similarity between Antifa and the Brown Shirts?

DavidMKern
DavidMKern

One can argue that these incidents are perhaps innocent mistakes rather than deliberate distortions (i.e. Fake News). But it is hard to argue that there doesn't seem to be a pattern of false reporting or anonymous sources that trash anybody connected with conservative or Trumpian positions.