Even Donald Trump has a problem with fake news.
(CNN)On Thursday, President Donald Trump escalated his ongoing one-sided war with the media.
He did it, of course, via Twitter. “Why Isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up – FAKE!” Trump tweeted.
But it would seem that, unlike Steve Pieczenik, he thinks that the Las Vegas shooting was a real event, in which real people were actually were shot and injured, because he was shown visiting some of them in hospital.
In fact, most people seem to think that real people really were shot (and killed) in Las Vegas last Sunday. If there’s any dispute about anything, it’s over whether it was the work of one single man, Stephen Paddock, or not. And the mainstream media seem to have pretty much fixed on a Lone Gunman account of events. Stephen Paddock has become a new Lee Harvey Oswald. And the mainstream media were very quick to use him to call for US gun laws to be amended.
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, amid the fallout of the massacre in Las Vegas, turned the political spotlight on a gun bill that’s currently making its way through the House.
“The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get,” she tweeted Monday morning.
She wrote later, “Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.”
The mainstream media has also been using Stephen Paddock as a stick with which to beat Angry White Men.
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Mass shootings are a violent epidemic that have been met with fatal passivity for far too long. If mass shootings were perpetrated mostly by brown bodies, this would quickly be reframed and reformed as an immigration issue. If thousands died at the hands of black men, it would be used to excuse police brutality, minimize the Black Lives Matter movement and exacerbate the “raging black man” stereotype. If mass shooters identified as Muslim, it would quickly become terrorism and catalyze defense and security expenditures.
But this is a white man’s problem.
It seems that, just like we’ve got a “tobacco epidemic”, we’ve now got an “epidemic of mass shootings”. I suppose that WW1 and WW2 must have appeared to these people as a “global pandemic” of mass shootings, which might have been prevented or treated with ITF (Itchy Trigger Finger) arm patches and “Shooting Causes Mass Death” messages on gun packaging, with suitably gory images of gunshot wounds accompanying them.
That would’ve worked, wouldn’t it? If, back in 1914, French and German guns had all had sufficiently prominent health warnings on them, that would have made angry young men think twice before starting to use them to blaze away at each other, wouldn’t it? Well, it works with tobacco, doesn’t it? Why not with guns? It’s a shame that Public Health didn’t have the same prominence back in 1914 as it does today. If those saviours had been there back then, WW1 and WW2 would never have happened.
And anyway I am myself an Angry White Man. I’m even an Angry Old White Man. Although being old or white or male isn’t the root cause of my anger. There’s something else I’m angry about. And if I was able to “reframe and reform” my anger, it would be as a “smoking ban issue” rather than an “immigration issue” or a “police brutality issue” or a “Muslim issue”. But nobody seems to have heard of the “smoking ban issue”. They just look puzzled if you mention that one. It’s not on their radar yet.
But I’m not yet angry enough to set up a firing platform in my bedroom, and let rip with multiple semi-automatic long guns at the antismokers across the road. And I’m not sure that Stephen Paddock was really an angry enough antismoker to have done that to the concert-going smokers beneath his window in the Mandalay Bay Hotel (as I was hypothesising a couple days back) either.
Which is why I’ve drifted back to my original Al Qaeda/Isis/Antifa hypothesis, according to which Stephen Paddock had been abducted, and his room used by political or religious extremists to perpetrate the massacre. It certainly looked to me like another Islamic terrorist attack of the Bataclan/Nice type. And there are rumours that Paddock converted to Islam 6 months ago, and that ISIS and Antifa material was found in his room. We still don’t know who that woman was who was telling people “You’re all going to die.” And lots of military people have said that the audio evidence is of multiple shooters.
A question I’ve asked got a partial answer today:
A note found in Stephen Paddock’s Las Vegas hotel room contained handwritten calculations on the exact angle to fire to kill as many people as possible.
The note was found on the mass shooter’s nightstand after officers stormed the room following the attack from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, according to CBS’ “60 Minutes.”
“I could see on it he had written the distance, the elevation he was on, the drop of what his bullet was gonna be for the crowd,” said Officer Dave Newton of the Las Vegas Police Department’s K-9 unit.
He did those calculations on paper? And left them on his nightstand?
The LVPD seems to be the only organisation that’s saying anything. The FBI and the CIA and the NSA and all 17 intelligence agencies are saying nothing. Maybe they’re all still patiently investigating. Couldn’t they even tell us when Stephen Paddock died? There’s a fairly simple calculation using the deceased’s body temperature and the room temperature to figure that one out.
It could be that the Angry White Man theory which the MSM have adopted will turn out to be mistaken. And so another example of fake news. And we’re in the calm before the storm that will explode when the various investigating agencies release their findings.