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When will media tell the truth?

“When will media tell the truth?” Carmel Pine Cone – May 27, 2022

If you believe the Los Angeles Times, the Buffalo shooter who left 10 dead on May 14 emerged from “a far-right ecosystem.” A Rolling Stone headline echoed the claim: “The Buffalo Shooter Isn’t a ‘Lone Wolf.’ He’s a Mainstream Republican.” The New York Times links the mass murderer to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.

This latest attack is one in a series of mass public shootings motivated by environmentalism. But you won’t hear that on the news. In his manifesto, the gunman self-identifies as an “eco-fascist national socialist” and a member of the “mild-moderate authoritarian left.” He expresses concern that minority immigrants have too many children and will damage the environment. Capitalists, who the shooter argues are destroying the environment, are at the root of much of the problem. “The trade of goods is to be discouraged at all costs,” he demands.

Overpopulation and the environment are hardly signature conservative issues. It’s certainly not something you’ll hear Donald Trump talk about at his rallies. And while some Republicans believe in limiting international trade, it’s certainly not for environmental reasons. We usually think of Democrats, not Republicans, as the environmentalists. The Buffalo murderer’s views are almost word-for-word similar to those of the shooters in 2019 at a New Zealand mosque and an El Paso Walmart.

When will the mainstream media EVER tell the American people the truth? Likely never—because telling the truth about some of these mass shooters doesn’t fit the media-created popular narrative.

Mark Carbonaro, Monterey