At Townhall.com: The Media Is Encouraging Violence Against Themselves

9 Aug , 2018  

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at Townhall.com that the media has to realize that giving a huge amount of attention about possible violence against themselves makes that violence more likely. Mass public shooters do their attacks to get media attention, and the media is making it clear that violence against the media seemingly guarantees a level of coverage that can’t be attained by an attack at a mall, movie theater, or even school.

The media keeps claiming that President Trump is encouraging violence against them. But the media are not the true victims here, and they will largely have themselves to blame if violence does befall them.

Talking about Trump, MSNBC’s Katy Tur said last Friday: “Yeah, we get it, you don’t like us. Fine. But do you have to put our lives in danger?”

Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s “Meet The Press,” argued last Wednesday that by getting the crowd at one of his rallies riled up against CNN, Trump was engendering possible violence. Todd reminded viewers of an incident last year when a white supremacist used his car to run over a protester in Charlottesville, Virginia. On Sunday morning’s show, Todd claimed that Trump made violence against the press “easier to rationalize.”

The New York Times’s Bret Stephens even wrote a piece over the weekend titled: “Trump will have Blood on His Hands.”

“I warned that this inflammatory language [by Trump] is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence,” said New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger. CNN’s Jim Acosta echoed that warning: “I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in the conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt.”

 


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