Journalist upset with media for not calling Orlando a gay hate crime

A journalist is upset with media for not calling Orlando a gay hate crime.

Journalist Owen Jones has stormed out of a Sky News interview after the interviewer refused to call a mass shooting in Orlando, Florida an attack on LGBT people.

“At the end of the day this was a homophobic hate crime, as well as terrorism and has to be called out,” Mr Jones said. “As I have to say, on Sky News and lots of news channels, there’s not been many LGBT voices that I’ve heard myself.

“It is one of the worst atrocities committed against LGBT people in the Western world for generations, and it has to be called out as such.”

Host Mark Longhurst argued the incident was an attack on “human beings […] trying to enjoy themselves, whatever their sexuality”.

On Saturday night (local time) gunman Omar Mateen opened fire inside gay nightclub Pulse, killing at least 50 people and injuring 53 more.

Mr Jones said the presenters were trying to “deflect” the homophobic motive of the attack, saying Mr Longhurst “could not understand”, as he was not gay.

“I’m sorry, I just find this the most astonishing thing I’ve ever been involved in on television. If he’d walked into a synagogue and massacred dozens of Jewish people, you wouldn’t be saying what you’re saying now; you would be talking about it as an anti-Semitic attack.

“This was a deliberate attack on LGBT people.”

He became increasingly upset, and took his microphone off and left the set.

Oh that’s just precious.

For years now not a single journalist got upset about “lone gunmen” not being called out as radical Islamic terrorists but, as soon as a few gay people die, not making the story a gay hate story breaks the main media.

Why won’t the media state the bleeding obvious…that Islamic terrorists have killed again?

Putting rainbow lights on tall buildings won’t do anything. Killing Islamic terrorists will. Call things what they are instead of white-washing the reality of the situation.

That situation is that Western life is under attack, we are in a war and that war is being brought to us by Islamic terrorists.

This is not a case of gun violence or gun control; this is terrorism, fuelled by a religion of hate that is against Western ideals and our lifestyle of the free.

 

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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