The media coverage on Saturday night and Sunday was very predictable. They wanted to talk gun control and they wanted to talk about how the President’s tweets inspired white nationalism. Republicans, wisely, avoided the Sunday shows because there was nothing they’d be able to do.
When there are shootings in this country, Republicans are always to blame because they support the second amendment. The media, likewise, is now convinced the President’s tweets inspire hate and stir up racial animosity. Instead of asking Republicans what they think is causing the problem, the media demands they denounce the President.
Republicans do not view it as helpful to denounce the President and the left/media presuppose it is necessary before any progress can be made. As a result, everyone gets in their corners and nothing is done.
We have a real problem in this country with an increase in domestic terrorism from mostly white, mostly young, always men most of whom are being radicalized online like so many young jihadists. We actually do need to have some serious conversations on this issue, but we have another problem few want to talk about.
Those on the right view all of this as built on a foundation of moral rot and those on the left who have replaced faith with politics for their religion view all of this as built on a foundation of political rot. The left will entertain no conversation without directly connecting it to the politics of the day and the right will entertain no conversation without directly connecting it to the morals of the day. The media, so dominated by leftwing groupthink, cannot undertake rational discussions and coverage of these shootings without raw politics being their preferred angle.
Until we have better, deeper conversations that recognize morality, culture, and politics all weave into this problem and not just politics alone, nothing will change.
There will be more of these situations. The media, Democrats, and Republicans together are not capable of having conversations with each other that could prevent them. Our politics is too poisonous and there is not enough grace.