Yes, the multiple murders out of Tulsa are horrific. And yes, the motives were racially charged. A Easter weekend shooting spree. Five people dead. All the victims were black. The two suspects were white. Those are the facts. And that leads to the question: does the mainstream media have a responsibility to report the truth about what one of the suspect's posted on Facebook.
This is what CNN's Susan Candiotti reported this weekend.
The reaction has been "outrage." Candiotti has since apologized: “In quoting someone else’s words, I repeated their offensive and inappropriate language. I deeply regret it.”
Those who are critical of Candiotti will point out: race baiting, division, sensationalism, etc. etc. We say differently: reality, truth, honesty, real. Did the suspect post the slur? Yes. Could it suggest motive of five dead people? Yes. Is racism something we should be talking about in the open? Yes.
Will reality offend and piss off people? Sure thing. That is why it is called truth. Those who deny it are just pretending.