First Amendment Today, June 29, 2018: Mass Shooting at Capital Gazette Triggers Instantaneous Blame Game

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Gunman kills five in attack on Capital Gazette newspaper offices in Annapolis, Maryland…

Front page of Capital Gazette for June 29, 2018 with headline "5 Shot Dead at The Capital"
Capital Gazette‘s front page for June 29, 2018 (via CNN)

…Seconds later, Fox News host Sean Hannity blames the attack on Rep. Maxine Waters and former President Barack Obama…

…While lefties quickly point the finger at Milo Yiannopoulos, who’d been texting reporters about “vigilante squads…gunning journalists down”…

…And others claim Trump has “blood on his hands,” owing to constant drumbeat of “fake news” and “enemy of the people”…

…Subsequent news reports reveal alleged gunman Jarrod Ramos had nursed a vendetta since Capital Gazette chronicled his harassment of a former high school classmate

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About Stephen Lemons

Stephen Lemons is an award-winning investigative journalist with more than 20 years of experience covering everything from government corruption to white-supremacist gangs. In addition to Front Page Confidential, his work has appeared in Phoenix New Times, the Los Angeles Times, Salon.com, and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report magazine.

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