View Full Version : Newsweek manages to turn Tennessee church shooting into investigation of ‘alt-right

10-03-2017, 05:38 PM
If there’s one and only question the public would like answered about Sunday’s church shooting in Antioch, Tenn., it’s this: Why? Why would the suspect, 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, open fire inside a church outside of Nashville?

In the absence of a clear motive (as well as a tidy narrative), the story has gone quite, largely buried pieces about the NFL protests and Puerto Rico. However, just as ThinkProgress found a unique take to run with — was Samson just another Christian terrorist with a gun? — Newsweek found an angle to revive the story.

Just like all of those “Republicans pounce” pieces, Newsweek decided if the suspect’s motive was unclear (and certainly not based on race), it would look into the motive of those wondering why the media had dropped the story so quickly.