Mollie Hemingway slammed the media for going “beyond journalistic responsibility” in coverage of last week’s two mass shootings.
The senior editor of The Federalist spoke out on Fox News Channel’s “MediaBuzz” about the “turning point” for America’s media during a discussion on the accusations against President Trump, who was essentially being blamed for the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
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“There is no longer any pretense of a debate. Journalists, commentators say, as we just heard, President Trump is a racist, President Trump is a white supremacist and maybe leap into charging that he is condoning, inciting, that he’s directly responsible for mass violence,” host Howard Kurtz began on the show Sunday.
“It was really horrible what we saw this week,” Hemingway agreed.
“We had two horrible mass shootings and we had people in the media kind of absolve both of the shooters of their crimes in order to blame President Trump and his voters for mass murder,” the Fox News contributor added. “This is completely beyond journalistic responsibility and a real turning point for the worst in American discourse.”
Kurtz wondered if the media are at “a point where the President can do nothing right, and many journalists [have] basically become part of the Resistance?”
Hemingway drew attention to the differences between the El Paso and the Dayton shooters.
“There was a shooter who had these anti-immigrant viewpoints and there was a shooter who was very supportive of Antifa and Elizabeth Warren and what not, it’s not like he was saying out of thin air,” she contended.
“Often people who do crazy things are fans or followers of politicians,” Kurtz said, turning the discussion to the press coverage of Trump’s visits to El Paso and Dayton.
The Fox News host noted how “the press really trashed it” and read the headline of the lead story in The New York Times which stated, “Trump uses day of healing to deepen the nation’s division.”
“’A day intended to show compassion devolved into anger-fueled broadsides at Democrats and the media.’ As if all the partisanship in this matter comes only from Donald Trump,” Kurtz said.
“It’s an amazing game that’s being played,” Hemingway responded.
“So you have days of blaming Donald Trump for mass murder and supporters for mass murder and then when he responds to any of these things, well then, he’s acting unpresidential. And it is not okay to not hold people accountable for being on one side going against Trump, but then hold Trump accountable for responding to it,” she added.
Kurtz noted the “coverage of the President’s remarks this week,” pointing to when he told 2020 Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke to “be quiet” in a tweet after the former Texas congressman accused the president of being a racist.
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“So why do we see such a focus on the President’s remarks and not those critics when it comes to question of the tone of the discourse?” Kurtz asked his panelists.
“I think there’s another reason why the media don’t hold other people accountable,” Hemingway eventually interjected. “And that’s because they’ve been such willful participants in this claim that Donald Trump and his supporters are racists.”
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