Cable news was surprisingly easy to understand as details of the attack on a Maryland newspaper that killed 5 people were still being exposed.
The story evolved into a pattern that has become all too familiar in recent months. Shortly after 3:00 pm on the East Coast on Thursday, The Baltimore Sun newspaper reported on Twitter that they received reports of an "incident" in the office of The Capital Gazette a sister magazine in Annapolis, MD
At the end of Thursday, the terrible details of the incident were revealed: five journalists in the newspaper, including the publisher, had been gunned down by a man in his 30s for some unknown reason. [1
On cable news programming was surprisingly easy on skill and heavy on news coverage as details still flew left and right as the day came to an end.
Earlier in the day, not long after the news broke from the shootout, Fox News host Sean Hannity drew controversy as he seemed to have a connection between the shootings and the hostile "rhetoric" of California Congressman Maxine Waters, the followers Protest members of the Donald Trump government had encouraged to suggest. "I've been saying for days now that something terrible is going to happen because of the rhetoric," Hannity said on his radio broadcast.
The rebound to Hannity's comments frowned upon by the leftist Media Watchdog Media for America under the headline "Sean Hannity blames Maxine Waters for shooting at Maryland Newsroom" was swift. Hannity insisted he be taken out of context and made it clear in his show that he did not suggest a connection between shooting and a greater trend of inappropriate physical behavior.
While Hannity's prime time show was He devoted himself to an FBI agent's congressional hearing and used the end of his hour to once again proclaim his innocence and criticize those who suggested blaming Waters and Democrats for creating a climate to have that led to the shooting. "Words, they're dangerous at the end of the day," Hannity said, "but humans are responsible for their own actions."
The belligerent Hannity could not help but shoot at his favorite target, CNN media reporter and show presenter Brian Stelter, who said at first glance that shooting was "a moment that so many journalists feared". Hannity called Stelter an "idiot" and said Stelter hinted that Trump's hostile language played a role in the filming of the press. The host defended the president's right to call false reporting "fake news" as he weekly.
Hannity's Primetime counterpart, Tucker Carlson in front of him and Laura Ingraham after him, also shied away from the punditry, though Ingraham used her show to whip up Democrats like Waters, who called for belligerence and protests.
At CNN, Anderson Cooper interviewed two journalists who survived the shootings. One of the journalists, overwhelmed with emotion, had used the F-word broadcast on uncensored television.
In the social media, some journalists cited the president's keen rhetoric against the media, including this week's rally at a rally Monday that he calls the press "the enemy of the people."
Early in the evening, when he returned to the White House from a trip to Wisconsin, Reporters called Trump questions about the shootings, but he refused to comment on that beyond any previous statement. The White House press Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was extremely combative with reporters in the meeting room, posted a statement on Twitter condemning the shootout. "A violent attack on innocent journalists is an attack on every American." Other members of the administration followed the example.
But some in the media and entertainment could not resist blaming the president and his government. "Two of my friends are dead in Annapolis, and the US president declared them" enemies of the people "days ago, wrote television journalist and former Sun reporter David Simon on Twitter." The climate has come from such rancid shit , the context is king. I expect that my President, the leader of a republic, will speak of a free press, not as an "enemy of the people" but as a provocation for such men. "