As information about Colorado’s Arapahoe High School shooter started to trickle out in the hours following the shooting, one small piece of information had some major news outlets intentionally trying to scrub away certain facts about this disturbed young man. According to the Denver Post, Karl Pierson couldn’t stand Republicans and in a recent Facebook wrote “you republicans are so cute” then posted an image that read, ”The Republican Party: Health Care: Let ‘em Die, Climate Change: Let ‘em Die, Gun Violence: Let ‘em Die, Women’s Rights: Let ‘em Die, More War: Let ‘em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?” He was also an “opinionated socialist”; however, the little tidbit about him being a “socialist” miraculously disappeared from the Denver Post news article.
Mediaite called the intentional removal of the information about Pierson being a socialist a “stealth edit” by the Denver Post. In their original profile of Pierson, the Denver Post had written, “Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with the gunman, described him as a very opinionated socialist.” Later the article simply read that his classmate described him as being “opinionated” with the socialist part suddenly missing. This had Mediaite, and eventually Twitter users, questioning why they would remove this information from their article.
Do you think the media would scrub away any of Karl Pierson’s political beliefs if he had been a Tea Party supporter with a lifetime membership to the NRA?
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