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CNN’s Stelter Tries to Get Capitol Gazette Employee to Blame Trump for Shooting


STELTER: “Joshua, do you feel this was just an isolated incident? A suspect with a grudge against the paper? Or do you think there’s something about anti-media rhetoric becoming louder and more dangerous?”

McKERROW: “I think there have always been threats to newsrooms. It’s always been something you’ve known in the back of your mind. It’s not for me to report whether the rhetoric has raised this or had anything to contribute with this. I don’t know the facts. I know our job as a newspaper and journalists is to create empathy. That’s how I’ve always viewed my job. And I think we’re lacking that. We’re lacking — we’ve never talked and yelled at each other more than we do now. And yet we’re not — it’s not working. Nothing is sinking in. You know, I want to rededicate the rest of my career in helping to create more empathy and dedication. Because that’s where we’re missing. That’s where the shrill chaos seems to be winning. But it’s not winning and it’s not going to win. I was talking with the camera man, you know, five days ago I showed up on an assignment and they said somebody from the crowd repper here. I wasn’t under any illusions that we were beloved by the community. We could be a pain in the ass to a lot of people. And then after Thursday to see thousands of people show up in annapolis and, you know, that’s us. That’s America. That’s who we really are. It’s not Twitter and it’s not Facebook. It’s not even newspapers. You know, it’s not even what we report. It’s us — we’re genuinely good people. And we need to get back to that. We need to get back to commuting that. I want to get back to reporting that. I’m still going to report on the crooked politicians and I’m still going to report on the criminals and I’m still going to do my job like we all are. But, you know, it’s also my job to report on the love and kindness, kindness in our community. Boy, when you talk about who we lost, that’s what Wendi did. Wendi lived and breathed empathy and communication and she just wanted to share, you know, the wonderful things in our community. We are better than this.”

> Wendi has written so many stories that are actually done in advance that are going to be published in the coming weeks which feels both heart breaking and also so appropriate, you know, that her work will be seen and will be read.

> Josh, final word from you?

>> Well, subscribe to your local newspaper. And just try to remember the names of those we’ve lost. They were great people. They didn’t deserve this. The young people who staffed that newsroom doesn’t deserve this. But we’re going to be stronger than ever.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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