The Associated Press has crafted a story, running nationally and carried in California bo the Los Angeles Daily News and other newspapers that in essence, lays the blame for the Florida school shooting squarely on the shoulders of President Trump.
That’s right. To the AP, President Trump may just as well have burst into that school armed to the teeth, and committed all that carnage.
The story gleefully focuses on students who escaped the deadly school shooting. They say President Trump’s response to the attack was “needlessly divisive.”
“You’re the president. You’re supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us,” said David Hogg, a 17-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“How dare you,” he added.
Hogg was responding to Trump’s tweet Saturday that Democrats hadn’t passed any gun control measures during the brief time they controlled Congress with a supermajority in the Senate. Trump also alluded to the FBI’s failure to act on tips that the suspect was dangerous, while bemoaning the bureau’s focus on Russia’s role in the 2016 election.
The President is right on both counts. The AP’s manipulation of grieving young people is a disgusting affront to journalism.