Analyzing Carol Costello’s Mass Shooting Question…
Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher does a fair job looking at the “controversial” question Carol Costello made Monday regarding the Navy Yard shooting. I say it was a fair job because I was thinking many of the same things Christopher writes about as I watched the Red blogs go to town on her over it. I had thought about writing my own post on the matter but I just didn’t have the time to do it.
There is a marginal difference between asking if Costello momentarily “blanked” on the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood, and declaring that she, and her entire network, “forgot” about it, but a fair reading of what Costello said indicates that neither is true. Mediaite‘s Noah Rothman even noted, in his reporting, the possibility that “she was referring specifically to bases in the Washington D.C. area.”
That unkind take on costello’s comments could be seen as a sap to conservatives, who glory in any chance to attack the legitimacy of mainstream journalism, but it could as easily be a function of point of view. Noah is correct that Costello was referring to Washington, DC-area incidents, the main subtle clue to that being that she said so, twice.
“I used to work in Washington, live in Washington. This seems so unusual to me that a gunman could create this kind of havoc at a U.S. military facility,” Costello said.
“Yes,” Todd agreed.
When he missed the last part of her question, she asked it again, and again made it clear she was referring specifically to Washington. “I’ve worked in Washington for many years, I’ve never heard of such a thing happening,” she said.
It’s entirely possible that those criticizing Costello just doesn’t have the frame of reference to understand what she was talking about, but anyone who has lived or worked in Washington, DC for any significant period of time knows that one of the city’s defining features is the level of security around government facilities in town. It goes beyond what you would see in other cities, and into territory that can best be described as unnerving.
Costello commented about this controversy this morning on Facebook which linked to Christopher’s piece…
I am struggling to write this post because I don’t like to address hate. It tends only to make the hate more intense. But, after many posts — some threatening my person — others calling me a “moron,” a “libtard,” a “skank,” and worse — I thought I would offer you an explanation for the abundance of hate on this page recently. I don’t mind the name-calling — I’m a big girl — but I do mind the bullying. It causes people to shy away from commenting on my page and I certainly don’t want that to happen. I enjoy your passion, your comments and your criticisms. Most of your posts are well thought-out and help me craft my questions on-air. I value them. Below is the reason for the “posts of hate.” I appreciate your time this morning.