After a man with an alleged personal "vendetta" against the newspaper opened fire with a shotgun at the Capital Gazette, killing five people, a CNN White House reporter suggested the use of the term "fake news" had something to do with the heinous crime.
The suspect, a 39-year-old man with "a criminal history of vandalism and harassment," reportedly sued the Capital Gazette in 2012 for defamation, which officials believe may have played a role in his attack on the paper's employees. The Gazette says the lawsuit was dismissed by a judge in 2015 because the article he claimed defamed him "was based on public records and [the suspect] presented no evidence it was inaccurate."
But CNN's Kaitlan Collins suggested another theory for the unhinged man's murderous act (h/t Twitchy):
Collins' attempt to shift the blame to "the war on the media," has been echoed by several others on the Left, who point to one person in particular as the true culprit: Donald Trump.
The response to Collins' call for the banning of the term "fake news" was met with a variety of responses online, many of which pointed to the failure of the media for the proliferation of the phrase. A few examples of the reaction on Twitter, good, bad and otherwise:
About half a day after her initial tweet, Collins tweeted out a quote from Trump: "Journalists —like all Americans — should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job."
Trump also sent out his "thoughts and prayers" to the Capital Gazette on Thursday:
But CNN brought on one of the newspaper's employees to underscore that he "couldn’t give a f***" about thoughts and prayers if "there’s nothing else."
The shooting suspect has since been charged with five counts of first-degree murder and is being held without bond.