We saw the trending hashtag “Waukesha”, in the wake of the shooting in Buffalo, New York.
It was trending because of this. While the racial hatred of the Buffalo shooter was instantly recognized, the Waukesha attack on the Christmas parade attacked seemed to downplay or ignore both the agency of the defendant and his racial hatred. The media acted as if the car was responsible, calling it an “accident” or “crash”.
There were tweets such as this for example:
Waukesha will hold a moment of silence today, marking one week since a car drove through a city Christmas parade, killing six people and injuring scores of others.https://t.co/QMNccpBI0y
— CNN (@CNN) November 28, 2021
Or, this Washington Post article that we covered. The attack was “caused by an SUV.”
Why would someone at WaPo write this “Caused by a SUV” People Died…. pic.twitter.com/WHAd6IQjU7
— Neo Jane (@NeoJane8) November 25, 2021
The police claimed that the attacker had not only intended to attack but also zig-zagged in order to hit as many people as possible.
Twitter often provides a short explanation for topics that are trending on Twitter. As Rebecca Downs, Townhall’s resident, observed, Twitter did not have an explanation for Waukesha on Sunday. This was the same problem people were complaining about after the attack on the Christmas parade. The car drove itself into the parade without mentioning Darrell Brooks, the defendant.
W.T.F. Does @Twitter not learn when it comes to what we’ve been saying? Why Waukesha is trending in the first place? The car didn’t drive itself! @elonmusk, I hope you have something to say on this and that trends will do better if/when you’re in charge! pic.twitter.com/JYe9fQ70VW
— Rebecca Downs (@RebeccaRoseGold) May 16, 2022
Who are you serving when you hide the truth? All sides have evil and/or crazy people. This kind of thing invites accusations that you are biased, downplaying certain stories and exacerbating others to create a media narrative.
The Buffalo shooter case is a prime example of this. Some on the left rush to attack Tucker Carlson, even though there’s no evidence that the shooter was watching him or being influenced by him. Tucker Carlson isn’t encouraging people to kill anyone or commit white supremacist acts. This is a deplorable game being played to try and attack Fox and takedown programs by the left. In fact, the shooter’s manifesto stated that he was a “mild-moderate authoritarian left” and attacked Fox with an antisemitic meme. He also claimed that conservatism was actually “corporatism” disguised. However, most liberal media will ignore this.
Many are eager for Elon Musk’s leadership in the hopes of bringing about change on the platform. It’s almost a parody at this point when it does such things.