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Feminists Complain That CNN's YouTube Shooter Coverage Is SEXIST

The network drew heat for initially reporting the shooter was involved in a "domestic dispute."

As a dramatic situation unfolded in California, feminists on social media were less concerned that a woman had just attacked several people in cold blood in YouTube's headquarters, and more concerned that "sexist" CNN was reporting that the shooter was involved in a domestic dispute.

CNN came by the information rightly: initial reports indicated that the shooter, a 39-year-old woman from Southern California was indeed involved in a domestic dispute and that one of the victims was her boyfriend. As facts are often hard to pin down in the midst of a major news story, it's no surprise CNN got that bit wrong, and the network eventually walked back their claim, but not before catching heat for assuming a woman would only shoot people if motivated by hormones.

Ultimately, CNN "discovered" that the woman was merely crazy, like most mass shooters, and had targeted YouTube because the company had recently removed ads from her bizarre self-made videos about animal rights, vegan recipes, and Iranian evening wear.

Now, of course, feminist Twitter is right to be angry at CNN for jumping to conclusions, though there is some evidence to suggest that when women commit murder — particularly mass murder — they are often motivated by matters of the heart. But it's hard to believe feminist Twitter would be this angry if CNN had immediately assumed the shooter was a Donald Trump supporter.

Frankly, they'd probably agree until proven wrong. And even then, they'd speculate.

 
 
 

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