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HORIST: Was there actually a shooting in Dayton?

HORIST: Was there actually a shooting in Dayton?

Of course, there was a shooting in Dayton, Ohio and nine people lost their lives.  I pose the headline question as a bit of rhetorical hyperbole to make a point.

I spent a lot of time watching CNN’s and MSNBC’s coverage of the two shootings to see how they covered them.  I expected to be disappointed, but not surprised that they would spin these heinous crimes into some sort of political narrative against President Trump.

I was a bit shocked, however, to see the extent to which the two networks would politicize and propagandize even a major tragedy.  Most of the reports, the interviews and the panel analyses had one theme.  It was all Trump’s personal fault – and the El Paso shooting was the proof.

Democrat presidential candidates went on air in conveyor belt fashion – many making repeated appearances on a variety of shows throughout the day and evening.  To say that their volley of accusations against Trump was excessive – even in view of the President’s own pugnacious personality – is an understatement.  You would have thought that he was a Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan who had driven the shooter to the scene of the crime.

CNN and MSNBC put on any person who would refuse to meet with Trump during his visit to El Paso – and every voice that would demand he stay away.  The networks were essentially promoting confrontation with the President during his visit.  Not something that should be encouraged in these volatile times, methinks.

On the morning of President Trump’s visit, CNN covered El Paso with great depth with great emotion – showing the memorial sight, people weeping or in prayer – and some references to the opposition to Trump’s visit, including a number of those demanding he stay away.

They then switched to Dayton, where the reporter continued to talk about El Paso in the most heart rending ways.  She then turned to the legislative battle.  What will Congress do?  There was not a single mention of the victims who died yards away from her position – not one.  NOTHING about the shooter and his violent left-wing ideology … nothing.  Propaganda press at its best.

What was most interesting and telling to me was this dramatic difference in the coverage of El Paso and Dayton was seen throughout the day.  The vast majority of the airtime was devoted to El Peso – and the reason was obvious.  It enabled them to more easily spin their anti-Trump narratives.  The shooter was a white supremacist – and he even used the word “invasion” in his manifesto.  That was the same word Trump had used to describe a million people crossing our border each year.

While CNN and MSNBC reported that the shooter in Dayton was not racially motivated, they left a BIG question mark over the issue of motive.  And … it was what they did NOT report that tells us everything we need to know about their corruption of journalism.

The networks said that the Dayton shooter was motivated by a “violent ideology,” but they  never named it.  Wonder why?   Well … get ready for this … he was radicalized by Antifa and considered himself to be a foot soldier in their malignant cause.  Yep!  He was a left-wing terrorist-in-the-making.

Furthermore, he was a supporter of progressive presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.  He said as much in his writings.  That’s right.  He expressed his support for the Massachusetts senator and her radical left-wing agenda – and he believed in violence to advance the cause.

Based on the media cockamamie logic, it would be reasonable to assume that all those nasty things Warren has said about Trump, Republicans and conservatives – you know, racists, sexists, misogynists, homophobes, etc. – motivated the Dayton shooter.  Is she culpable?  Of course not – and neither is Trump.

The Dayton shooter was as much a political whack-job as was the shooter in El Paso, but his crime did not comport with the biased narratives of CNN and MSNBC – ergo important newsworthy facts were totally ignored — censored.

CNN and MSNBC like to promote their self-proclaimed devotion to “facts” and “truth” – but the fact and truth are that they are nothing more than the propaganda arm of the radical progressive wing of the Democratic Party.  Turning the tragedies of El Paso and Dayton into partisan political propaganda is all the evidence we need to see the facts and truth.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. TexRancher

    This kind of reporting is what I would expect of Hitler and Stain if reincarnated! Followed by gun confiscation and then murders of millions of their own citizens. Is this where we’re headed with the Socialist/Democrats and their attack on the Constitution and Bill of Rights? Neither have any importance to them in spite of their oath of office to defend and protect them, especially those who took their’s on the koran!

    • ugly

      Do you even think for a moment that the media is adding to all this??? The MSM and Demorats keep filling the airway with every thing can to stir up trouble, not once have they offered to help!!
      All they want is money and the power it brings!!
      There is nothing the Demorats can offer me to get me to vote for a singe one of them and if they get in power in both the House and Senate our country is lost! Just look at the mess in the House!! The are not worthy to be there and you know who I am talking about!

  2. Carol

    We can only pray that the citizens of this country are not stupid enough to buy into this false narrative put forth by our corrupt media and the democrats that rule them.
    If our country is to survive we cannot allow these democrats to come into any office in the land. It is obvious they are trying to globalize this country into a communist state where they can control everything we do, food, water, health insurance, everything. We cannot allow this to happen.
    The latest plastic bags ban has already hit Connecticut in a big way. People I know who own or work at stores report that “bag police” are coming into their stores to make sure they are complying with the new bag restrictions/ requirements…. most importantly that they are charging ten cents per bag which goes to our state government which has been mismanaged by the Democrats into near bankruptsy. Time to get them out of office.

  3. Michael D Renee

    The Big difference is that Warren and other left wing politicians aren’t going around talking about shooting people like Trump.

    • Nancy Alexander

      You have that right, Michael!!

  4. Louis Lipps


  5. Kurt Walker

    And that is what is attempting to become the leadership of our nation. May the Good Lord help us if it should happen. I am what most of you would call a “senior citizen”. I have voted both sides in my life time and consider myself to be independent. But I have watched this democrat party slowly turn into an organization that is no more than organized crime. These attacks are not for political purposes anymore. NO, these attacks on the president and AG Barr are defensive moves too try to protect their butts from being finally exposed. Pelosi, Schumer, Nader, Clinton, Obama, all of them are in a position of scandal and they will do anything, ANYTHING, to stop the exposure. And that is the danger we face.

    • ugly


  6. Doug

    The main stream media has George Soros owning interest in 30 or more News Outlets. He also financed Antifa and is the Puppet Master of Many Politician. Wake up we are being taken over by Socialist / Communist.

    • Nancy Alexander

      And the rest of you folks are “owned” by the NRA!! I’ll take Soros any day over the NRA!!

      • Phil in TX

        And that just shows what kind of a brainless fool you are, Nancy!
        Phil in TX

      • Theodore Sueck

        Just remember, those who choose safety over freedom, deserve neither.

        • Renegade

          It seems to me that a very wise man said that. His name was Ben Franklin.

      • Carol A Forrest

        Please seek help for your mental problems.

        • Carol A Forrest

          That was for Nancy. She must have TDS.

      • harry strauss

        you nancy need a lot of mental health help if you really believe the comments you made.

  7. mspidge

    You nance ARE A COMPLETE, DIZZY BROAD, I do believe you are in need of many, many sessions with a shrink.