In Brief: Don’t Publish This — or Any — Manifesto
The media usually puts forward a killer’s deluded musings, but there is pressure to hide this one.
The Rainbow Mafia is working to suppress the “manifesto” of the Nashville Christian school murderer. We generally don’t name mass murderers or give air to their sick lectures, other than to sometimes briefly explain their twisted ideology. The mob, however, has different motives in this case given the gender confusion of the killer, preferring to refocus on limiting access to firearms.
Political analyst Dan McLaughlin writes:
Why are these groups taking this stance? They are plainly afraid that it would be bad to use the shooter’s words because this might cause people to blame other people who share some of the shooter’s ideas. But this is exactly what these groups, and their media advocates, would be doing if the tables were turned. Every sentient adult knows that if a conservative, biblically orthodox Christian shot up a transgender institution, these same people and groups would be pushing the press (which would not need the pushing) to publish the manifesto, precisely so that they could discredit people who shared some of the shooter’s ideas. No honest person could deny this.
Even more shamelessly, we have similar groups trying to capitalize on the shooting to make themselves the real victims here.
He points to the same NBC News article we highlighted yesterday — that “fear pervades Tennessee’s trans community.”
Again: If the situation were reversed, would NBC write this about Christian parents? Is it even writing such a thing now about them? Of course not.
My own longstanding view on political violence is that we should not blame people who have political opinions, even very floridly expressed, when someone who shares those views goes off the deep end and chooses violence. I blame people only when they openly call forth mobs to seek personal conflict with their political enemies. And it is unquestionably true that school shooters and other perpetrators of random, nihilistic violence against strangers do so in very large part to gain the publicity the press predictably showers upon them. So, my preferred approach would be:
Do not use the shooter’s name.
Do not quote the shooter’s words.
Do not blame the victims.
Do not generalize about people who share ideas, identity, or characteristics with the shooter.
But if the media give in to these requests only in this case, then turn around — as we know they will — in future cases when there is political benefit to the Left … well, we all know what they’re doing, and we all know that the people making those decisions don’t give a damn about the body count caused by encouraging more shooters to seek this kind of publicity.
- Dan McLaughlin
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