Right-wing U.S. media commentators are taking issue with a recent New York Times article tying conservative media rhetoric to the manifesto of the shooter who killed 22 people in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart in early August.
The article documents hundreds of instances in which commentators like Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and radio host Rush Limbaugh used language similar to the shooter with references to an “invasion” by Hispanics and the cultural “replacement” of white America.
Radio host Ben Shapiro, who is not mentioned in the New York Times article said, “this is a conspiracy theory. And a conspiracy theory .... designed in order to link together basic conservative tropes about immigration with white supremacism.”
Shapiro denounced the terms in question, “Again, I don’t like the language of “invasion,” and I don’t believe I’ve used it. If I had, I’m sorry I did, because I don’t think that it is correct.”
He continued, “But The New York Times decides that because there is language that sounds similar to stuff that Tucker Carlson has said, they’re now going to attribute this shooter to Tucker.”
Breitbart News Daily's Alex Marlow added his thoughts to the fray, saying, “it's such bad journalism because it is, it assumes a couple of key things. First of all, it assumes that because the -- it takes the manifesto seriously.”
Marlow continued, “I think the media taking these manifestos literally is actually going to -- they’re going to have blood on their hands if they keep doing this.”