THE ‘TERRORIST ATTACK’ THAT WASN’T: Politicians and pundits spread misinformation about a car accident at a Pride parade.
In a tragic traffic accident at the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride march near Fort Lauderdale, a driver lost control of his vehicle and careered into members who were marching. One person was killed and another was hospitalized. This was of course not how social media saw it, as rumors of a terrorist attack rocketed around Twitter, aided in no small part by irresponsible comments from Fort Lauderdale mayor Dean Trantalis.
The mayor claimed on camera that the incident was a ‘terrorist attack against the LGBT community’. He then seemed to hint that the intended target was Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: ‘Hardly an accident. It was deliberate, it was premeditated and it was targeted against a specific person. Luckily they missed that person, but unfortunately, they hit two other people.’
Fueled by the mayor’s statement, several activists and journalists on Twitter began to speculate. Once the official statement was released and the mayor had recanted his account, mainstream journalists like New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman and CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter turned their ire towards a usual target — Fox News — for simply reporting on comments made about the accident.
For years in academia, the will to power has derived from victimhood, aka “safetyism.” As with the New York Times staffers’ reaction to Tom Cotton’s op-ed last year and the Atlantic’s crybully meltdown over Kevin Williamson in 2018, it’s no surprise to see that mindset seep further into the DNC-MSM.