Following the shooting of five journalists at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, commentators unfairly and incorrectly blamed President Trump’s attitude toward journalists for the fatal outcome, writes Kevin Leininger in the News-Sentinel. As the alleged shooter, Jarrod Ramos, had reportedly been feuding with the newspaper since 2011, it had no connection to Trump's public battle with the press. While Trump has called journalists “the enemy of the people,” this attitude was not a driver for the shooter; those journalists accusing Trump’s rhetoric of contributing to the violence have undermined journalism by not maintaining freedom from bias.
Though the recent shooting of Capital Gazette reporters was a personal vendetta, the future security of journalists may depend on whether President Trump tones down his vitriol against journalists, argues Greg Sargent in the Washington Post. This is because since taking office, President Trump has repeatedly attacked the press, which has, in turn, riled up rage among his supporters at reporters. If he continues with the negative rhetoric and “fake news” after this fatal tragedy, he may be spreading a message among his supporters that their rage at journalists is acceptable, and that there may be no public obligation to avoid more horrors.