An NBC News report on an armed home invasion sent Twitter users into overdrive after the suspect was referred to as an “unwanted house visitor.”
A deadly shooting occurred after a New Jersey man allegedly fought off an intruder, turning the suspect’s own semi-automatic handgun against him, according to the NBC New York report Thursday.
The 29-year-old suspect, Terrence Coulanges reportedly died later at an area trauma center.
And while the details about motives or any connections the two men may have had were still being sorted out by police, the NBC station unwisely chose to refer to the man breaking into a home with a loaded weapon as a “visitor.”
Police say a New Jersey man fought off an unwanted house visitor by using the suspect’s own gun, ultimately killing him https://t.co/1WHJSynccb
— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) January 11, 2019
Twitter users raked the station over the coals.
How DARE he shoot this “house visitor” with the “visitor’s” own gun? Does he also LOCK his doors at night to try to keep “house visitors” out!!! What is this world coming to? https://t.co/7mxZPx6OX6
— Jenny (@Jenny8675309m) January 11, 2019
“unwanted house visitor” https://t.co/vV42jBn2RV
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 11, 2019
Home invasions too politically incorrect to talk about in accurate terms now it seems. “Unwanted house visitor.” Wild stuff. https://t.co/Xwv6V9jpj7
— Amanda Prestigiacomo (@AmandaPresto) January 11, 2019
WTF is an “unwanted house visitor”? Is this the “undocumented migrant” way of saying “home invader”? https://t.co/RiZ7A18qF9
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) January 11, 2019
An unwanted house visitor with a gun would be called either an armed robber or a criminal where I’m from.
Got his dues… pic.twitter.com/GSaxx9x5oI
— Annrhefn (@Annrhefn) January 11, 2019
“Unwanted house visitor” is the new “undocumented migrant.” https://t.co/1AtKZMSSUk
— Nick Searcy, INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) January 11, 2019
— ManGanAinm (@ManGanAinm) January 11, 2019
NBC now says “unwanted house visitor” instead of “home invader.” I got a hold of their style guidelines. Here are 3 others:
1) “Unwanted assisted suicide” instead of “murder.”
2) “Undocumented car owner” instead of “car thief”
3) “Undocumented husband” instead “adulterer.” https://t.co/8v30zMuQsF
— Mike (@Doranimated) January 11, 2019
This is an unwanted house visitor. pic.twitter.com/LDvLKZK3VO
— Cecil Trachenburg (@GoodBadFlicks) January 11, 2019
“Unwanted house visitor” was my divorced brother in law that stayed for 3 months. This was a criminal home invasion.
— Lisaindfw (@lisaindfw) January 11, 2019
— ??? ?????? (@RantyAmyCurtis) January 11, 2019
This Politically Correct nonsense is why @realDonaldTrump was elected, and will get re-elected!
— T (@UK_USA_TODAY) January 11, 2019