The media saw a different threat entirely; this helps Trump to the media plutocracy. And so they tried to shape-shift the issue -- the threat of a Fifth Column of jihadists threatening to conquer America - to gun control. Instead of blaming people who used box-cutters, airliners, knives, suicide bombs, and pressure cookers in the past, the media blamed the weapon of choice this time.
The first talking point: This was the worst mass shooting in the history of America. The death toll was half the carnage from Muslim terrorists did at Bataclan in Paris a few months ago.
That led to the second talking point: Too many guns.
That led to the third talking point: Motive does not matter.
Bernard Goldberg pointed out the bizarre nature of "Meet the Press" coverage of this breaking story:
The story was still developing, but there were already indications that the shooter at the gay dance club in Orlando was an American-born Muslim who somehow, directly or indirectly, was connected to radical Islam.
The panelist on “Meet the Press” knew at least some of this. So Chuck Todd, after acknowledging to his panel that the actual motive for the murders wasn’t known with certainty yet, asked Tom Brokaw, “Should it matter,” what the motive was.
This is a remarkable question – one drenched in liberal PC. Chuck Todd, who is a serious journalist (and in my limited contact with him, a good guy) would never have asked if motive mattered if the gunman was a white supremacist skinhead who had just gunned down innocent African Americans in a church.Should it matter???
And you thought Dan Rather was the most left-wing of the major news anchors in the 1990s.
The media wanted it to be another Sandy Hook. Yes, that's it. This is not a Muslim terrorist, but a confused man.
Within a few hours, the media realized the public was not buying the media's fairy tales. So, the media blamed Trump for seeking "to make Orlando an election issue," as USA Today said.
But of course, Muslim terrorism is a major issue. Americans want to be safe again.
Politico called it "Trump's tragic victory lap":
“Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump tweeted triumphantly mid-Sunday, as the FBI and Orlando police were still pulling bodies from Pulse, a gay nightclub where at least 49 innocents were gunned down. “I don’t want congrats, I want toughness and vigilance.”
Then, later, another self-inflicted pat on the back: “If we do not get tough and smart real fast, we are not going to have a country anymore,” he added. “I said this was going to happen — and it is only going to get worse.”Yes, Trump was right. No brag, just fact.
CBS was fair, quoting two other tweets from Trump:
Really bad shooting in Orlando. Police investigating possible terrorism. Many people dead and wounded.
Horrific incident in FL. Praying for all the victims and their families. When will this stop? When will we get tough, smart & vigilant?From USA Today:
Trump's aggressive response to the attack is a striking contrast to the low-key reaction of political leaders to previous attacks like 9/11. Republican congressional leaders did not mention the Obama administration or the election in their responses to the massacre in Orlando.
President Obama did not discuss the election in his remarks Sunday on the shooting, saying that, "as Americans, we are united in grief, in outrage, and in resolve to defend our people."
Trump had planned to use a Monday speech in Manchester, N.H., to attack the financial dealings of his opponent and her husband, former president Bill Clinton. His campaign said he will now discuss "the serious threats facing all Americans and his solutions for making this country safe again."The media pounded Trump harder than it pounded guns.
The New York Times was more balanced in its reporting:
Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton set their sights on each other Monday, just a day after the massacre in Orlando, Fla., with Mr. Trump suggesting that his opponent was too weak to keep the country safe. Mrs. Clinton warned that Mr. Trump’s demonization of Muslims was inciting terrorists.
The clash comes as national security takes center stage in the campaign after the worst attack on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001. The latest incident occurred Sunday morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando, where a Muslim man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State shot and killed 49 people and wounded 53.
Mr. Trump responded with fury on Monday, calling for increased bombing of Islamic State terrorists, accusing American Muslims of looking the other way as attacks unfolded and warning that Mrs. Clinton did not comprehend the nature of the threat.
He also condemned Mrs. Clinton for failing to use the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.” They were the first remarks by Mr. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, since the massacre on Sunday in Orlando.But the Los Angeles Times acted as if Trump caused the attack, not the Islamic faith:
A horrific mass murder on the scale of the Orlando, Fla., nightclub massacre early Sunday would normally cause a time-out in a presidential campaign, as the candidates pause their attacks in deference to the dead and their families.
Donald Trump, though, was prompted by the deadliest mass shooting in American history to immediately launch into some of his harshest and angriest broadsides yet, demanding President Obama resign, Hillary Clinton drop out of the presidential race, and that his call for a ban on Muslims entering the country be enforced.Trump is not the disease.
He is the cure.
Which is why so many in the media hate him.