Code Pink National Co-Director Ariel Gold tries to use El Paso shooting against Israel

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 8/4/2019 | William A. Jacobson
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We have become very cautious in the initial reaction to mass shootings and terror attacks because so often the initial information reported by the media is wrong.

The spread of inaccurate information by mistake is compounded by the deliberate spread of false information enabled by social media.

Media - Incompetence - Bias - Facts - Instances

This initial media incompetence is often fed by an implicit bias to believe that the “right-wing” (however they define it) is to blame before the facts are known. In numerous instances this meant the Tea Party was blamed when the perpetrator turned out to be a leftist, and even in the Boston Marathon Bombing the immediate media reaction was that it was a right-wing attack (which later turned out to be an Islamic terror attack).

We try to exercise this caution where there is a suggestion of an Islamic terror connection until there is substantial evidence to support that conclusion, as there was in the Charlie Hebdo and Bataclan theater attacks.

Someone - Group - Movement

That means we rarely are among the first to blame someone or some group or some movement.

Such caution is important in the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings. The initial reports from El Paso were that there were three shooters; it turns out there was one. The El Paso shooter, assuming the manifesto attributed to him is genuine, appears to be an anti-Hispanic white supremacist who also was an environmental extremist devoted to population control. Or the manifesto may be a partial troll like the Christchurch (NZ) shooter whose manifesto was designed, at least in part, to create societal conflict, a part of a sick game of manipulation. The Dayton shooter, while initially termed another white supremacist, may be a left-wing Antifa-supporting Elizabeth Warren fan, IF social media accounts being attributed to him prove to be genuine. There also are indications of a long history of...
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