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On November 24, The Washington Post published a controversial tweet about the mass hit-and-run that took place at the Waukesha, Wisconsin Christmas parade. “Here’s what we know so far on the sequence of events that led to the Waukesha tragedy caused by a SUV,” read the WaPo publication that immediately caused outrage on social networks.
“An 8-year-old boy’s parents watched a psychopath murder their precious son in front of their eyes. This scum tweet is the lowest of the low,” Kylee Zempel, an editor at The Federalist, tweeted from Wisconsin.
Michael Knowles, host of the Daily Wire, quoted the Washington Post tweet and posted a photo of the suspect, Darrell Brooks, saying “The SUV.”
“Maybe the WashPo is suggesting the SUV is like Stephen King’s Christine,” Mollie Hemingway, a senior editor at The Federalist and Fox News contributor, said sarcastically.
“I’m pretty sure the SUV was innocent in all this and didn’t “cause” anything,” criticized, also snidely, writer Tom Nichols, who works at The Atlantic.
The Washington Post tweet, now 12 hours old, has more than 4,000 direct quotes and more than 10,000 replies. Most of the tweets are strong criticisms, where they accuse the media outlet of manipulation, misrepresentation of facts and misdirection of the news for suggesting that the Waukesha tragedy was committed by an SUV and not Darrell Brooks, the man identified by police as the driver.
The Washington Post is not alone in the controversy
Other liberal news outlets have also come under heavy criticism for alleging that the mass shooting in Wisconsin was perpetrated by a pickup truck, without mentioning Brooks.
“5 people have died and more than 40 are injured after an SUV ploughed through a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, according to city officials,” CNN reported on Nov. 22. Criticism was not long in coming.
“Wait so the SUV committed a terrorist attack? CNN, do I have to be worried about my own SUV now? Journalists pls explain,” responded Gov. Ron DeSantis’ press secretary, Christina Pushaw, who routinely uses her personal account to criticize national press blunders.
Other media outlets, such as the San Diego Tribune or the Los Angeles Times, also avoided mentioning Brooks in their headlines as the driver who rammed parade attendees in Wisconsin.
“Waukesha, Wisconsin police chief says ‘some dead’ after SUV rammed parade,” headlined San Diego Tribune.
“SUV rammed Christmas parade; ‘some dead,'” reviewed the Los Angeles Times.
So far, the death toll from the mass shooting is six people. One of those killed is a child who died after sustaining injuries during the tragedy. There are also more than 60 injured.
Brooks appeared in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Tuesday where he was arraigned on five counts of first-degree intentional homicide. The prosecution announced that following the minor’s death it will add one more charge. This offense is punishable in Wisconsin by life imprisonment. The court commissioner set bail for the defendant at $5 million. The New York Post reported this Thursday, November 25, that a GoFundMe page is trying to raise the bail, which also generated outrage on social networks.
Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón is a journalist at El American specializing in the areas of American politics and media analysis // Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón es periodista de El American especializado en las áreas de política americana y análisis de medios de comunicación.
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