On the one year anniversary of the mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub, in which 49 lives were lost, the media is refusing to acknowledge one crucial detail of the event…the fact that it was an act of Islamic terrorism.
The Washington Post did not mention Islam or terrorism at all in their report of the anniversary, instead referring to it as “gun violence,” with no mention of the perpetrator or motivation behind the shooting.
“It had been a year since the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history stole 49 lives there and scarred countless others; a year since Pulse, a safe space for Orlando’s gay community, fundamentally changed,” writes Washington Post reporter Katie Mettler. “By the end of the night, more than 1,000 people had gathered to remember what happened last June, when Orlando became the first U.S. city of the summer — before Falcon Heights, Minn., and Baton Rouge and Dallas — to be upended by gun violence.”
The Daily Caller reports:
Neither Islam nor terror is mentioned once, although Omar Mateen took great pains to make his motive ultra clear… as well as Mateen’s history of threatening violence based on Islam and the fact that he had been investigated by the FBI for terror ties, Mettler links the attack not to terrorism, but to police shootings that she vaguely describes as “gun violence.”
Despite Mettler’s obvious attempt to wipe the story clean of any mention of Islamic terror, an accurate description of the attack did creep in through the video about the victims embedded right at the top of her story.
“Remembering the victims of the Orlando terrorist attack,” the video title reads. And below is a description from a video editor: “49 people were killed at a nightclub in Orlando when a gunman who pledged loyalty to the Islamic State opened fire and took hostages. Here are the victims.”