Amid more allegations that the network had engaged in agenda-driven reporting in its coverage of the horrific mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, CNN went out to find some experts to condemn President Trump and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch for using politically incorrect terms to describe the "sicko" mass shooter.
During her appearance at CNN's allegedly staged town hall on Wednesday, Loesch described the shooter as "an insane monster," "nuts," and "crazy," while pro-gun control members of the audience decried Loesch as a "murderer." In a series of tweets Thursday, Trump repeatedly described the mass murderer as a "sicko" (emphasis added, tweets below):
I never said “give teachers guns” like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC. What I said was to look at the possibility of giving “concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience - only the best. 20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions. Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards. A “gun free” school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!
History shows that a school shooting lasts, on average, 3 minutes. It takes police & first responders approximately 5 to 8 minutes to get to site of crime. Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive. GREAT DETERRENT! If a potential “sicko shooter” knows that a school has a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school. Cowards won’t go there...problem solved. Must be offensive, defense alone won’t work!
In response, CNN published a piece titled "Trump's language on school shooter's mental health could be harmful, experts say," in which the outlet describes the shooter in sympathetic terms and uses mental health experts to lend credibility to its attempt to chide Trump and Loesch for being politically incorrect, while insisting that the complaint has nothing to do with political correctness.
CNN reports (name of shooter redacted):
The [shooter] struggled with depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism, according to a 2016 Florida Department of Children and Families report. But having a mental health diagnosis does not mean he would become violent, many experts say. And although Trump has said he wants to focus on mental health to stop school shootings, calling [the shooter] a "sicko" doesn't help, those experts claim.
"When it comes to mental health, language really matters. This is not about being politically correct. It's about wanting to do everything we can to encourage people to get health treatment that works," said Ron Honberg, senior policy adviser with the National Alliance on Mental Illness.Getting treatment is a challenge for the majority of people. Though 25% of the world's population has at one time experienced a mental or behavioral disorder, the World Health Organization says, only 44% of adults with diagnosable mental health problems and less than 20% of children and adolescents get the needed treatment, according to MentalHealth.gov. Studies have shown that people do not get help, in part, due to the stigma.
Honberg goes on to say that using politically incorrect terms like "sicko" is "the worst thing you can do."
No, the worst thing you can do is to not be proactive when faced with the reality that someone is in fact a "sicko" who might harm others or himself. As The Daily Wire's Ben Shapiro highlights, authorities had several warnings about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter, but failed to act:
On Thursday night, the American public learned two bombshell pieces of information regarding the Parkland, Florida mass shooting. First, we learned that the Broward County Sheriff’s Office was told in November that the Parkland shooter “could be a school shooter in the making” but deputies didn’t bother to write up a report; that report “came just weeks after a relative called urging BSO to seize his weapons.” Then, in even more shocking news, we learned that an armed school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sat outside and waited for four minutes during the six minute attack that ended in the deaths of 17 human beings.
Below are Trump's CNN-condemned "sicko" tweets:
H/T John Sexton