Last night I posted a question about the motive of the DC shooter, contrast against the reporting done by CNN. Many people have fallen into the trap of reconciliation without actually looking at the framing of the discussion.
At 7pm Monday, on the CNN show outlined, the racial identity of the victims was an unknown variable. While *that* racial identity of the victims was unknown, CNN was talking in very specific terms about how the shooter, Aaron Alexis, had the capability to be highly “selective” and “accurate” with his chosen victims.
….a novice with no training, with very little training could put just about every bullet in the magazine within about a two-inch area from 100 yards….
However, as soon as the identity of the first set of victims was released, the CNN talking points took a dramatic turn. The five original victims were identified – ALL WHITE.
The released identity of the first set of victims showed they were all white. All white victims, contrast against a black shooter -and- CNN flips the shooting narrative to be one of “random” inaccurate shotgun blasts.
The “highly selective accuracy” changed to “random inaccuracy“.
Coincidence? I think not, but you decide.
The original post I presented was about the media -and their framing- combined with the racial aspect of the shooting itself and a best friend, Nutpisit Suthamtewakul, who was going to be the shooter’s best man in a cancelled wedding, who stated Alexis:
….had a couple of issues with being black. He felt he hadn’t been treated right, not by the Navy, just generally….
Given the racial identity of the shooter, given the racial identity of the victims, and given the comment by the shooter’s closest friend, the CNN narrative changed.
Unlike the George Zimmerman case where the victim was black, and the shooter falsely identified as “white”, CNN has a divergent motive presentation when the racial roles flip at the DC Naval Yard.
In the Zimmerman case, CNN, along with all other media, were quick to attach a racial component to the story line. Even after the racial identity of George Zimmerman was shown to be Hispanic, they still used “White” in their descriptives. It was an ideological fit for their narrative.
However a potential motive of a race-based shooting, with black on white violence, and CNN quickly changes the presentation; so quick in fact, they do it mid-information flow.
Later, when the remaining 7 victims were identified, and two of those newly identified victims were shown to be African American, the shooter motivation enters the evolutionary room yet again.
[…] Frasier had been missing all day. Her family called and sent her text messages but got only silence in return. No government agency confirmed her death to her relatives until late Monday night, well past the evening news. (link)
When the race of the victims was unknown (Mon), the sold motive was anger and high target accuracy.
When the race of the victims was known to be only white (Tue), the sold motive was PTSD and random target inaccuracy.
When the race of the victims is both…. well, that’s the narrative of today.
This time with CNN breathing a figurative sigh of relief.