ABC's Sawyer Paints Ft. Hood's Nidal Hasan as Just 'Another Worker with a Gun and a Grudge'
Opening Tuesday's World News with the workplace shooting in
Manchester, Connecticut, anchor Diane Sawyer saw it as one in a long
line of incidents involving a "worker with a gun and grudge" as she
described the nine killed as "the worst rampage since 13 were killed
last November at Fort Hood, Texas."
Army Major Nidal Hasan's business cards identified him as a "Soldier of Allah" and his actions at Fort Hood, clearly motivated by Islamic jihadism, hardly fits in the same category as an aggrieved worker with a gun who has gone on a rampage. Nonetheless, Sawyer's led the August 3 newscast:
Good evening. Another American tragedy tonight, another worker with a gun and a grudge. This time, nine people are dead, the worst rampage since 13 were killed last November at Fort Hood, Texas. In the normally quiet down of Manchester, Connecticut, this morning one shift was letting off, another was starting the day at a beer distribution center.
- Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. Click here to follow him on Twitter.