One year ago today, 49 people were killed inside a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, by an Islamic terrorist. Now, was that so hard to say? It is, apparently, for many in the mainstream media.
America is in mourning, as we should be, on the year anniversary of the attack, but many in the media are purposely excluding the fact they were killed by a jihadist committed to the Islamic State. Instead, the media prefer calling it a “mass shooting” and “gun violence.” The MSM also prefers listing the victims as “those who died” or “lost their lives,” not those murdered by a terrorist.
One of the worst examples is The Washington Post and its headline, “A year ago, 49 people died at Pulse nightclub. Today, Orlando remembers.” But that’s not so bad, right? Surely, in the article, terrorism will be mentioned. Think again. The words used are “massacre,” “gun violence,” and “deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.” No mention of terrorism. Zero. The article identifies Omar Mateen, but only as the “gunman” who “fired his first bullet” at 2:02 a.m.
When WaPo announced the story on Twitter, plenty noticed the glaring omission:
Despite the fact that Mateen made several phone calls to authorities and the media from inside the club to claim, “I did it for ISIS,” the media has obviously remained in a state of confusion ever since the attack on why he unleashed such terror. Or, more likely, they're just being dishonest.
To its credit, The New York Times at least noted that Mateen was “motivated by the Islamic State” before describing the “mass shooting” that “terrorized Pulse patrons for 3 hours 13 minutes.”
Look who else joined WaPo in ignoring the facts:
Remembering the people who died senseless deaths is necessary, but excluding what/who killed them for political correctness is reprehensible and betrays their memory.