How Media Reports the Robb Elementary School Shooting
It’s impossible to calmly analyze an event so fresh the blood stains have yet to dry. Like many of you, I have no illusions that I can remain unbiased: my own children are the same age as the children gunned down just 12 hours ago. We are scared, we empathize with the heartbroken…but mostly we are angry.
Instead of analysis, I’ll let you see the headlines and decide for yourself.
Here’s a balanced cross-section of reactions to the school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, when 18-year-old high school student Salvador Ramos entered the school around 11:30 CST in body armor and black clothing, armed with a handgun and semiautomatic rifle.
After shooting the school’s resource officer, Ramos then opened fire on students, killing 19 children and two adults. He then exchanged fire with law enforcement officers including location police and US Border Patrol officers and was killed. The children’s ages range from 7 to 10 years old; grades 2, 3, and 4. Many other children and adults were wounded, including the shooter’s grandmother.
There are the headlines from nine of America’s largest news outlets 12 hours after the shootings. Since different networks define the word “largest” in different ways, I tried my best to post headlines equally from conservative, liberal, and unbiased sources. All desktop screenshots were taken at roughly the same time, between 11:15 and 11:45 CST.
I’m not telling you WHAT to think. No one should. But I am asking that you do think.