Denver Post Scrubs ‘Socialist’ from Description of Colorado School Shooter

Dec 16, 2013 by

On the evening of December 13, in which 18-year-old Karl Pierson entered Arapahoe High School and shot two students, The Denver Post published a description of the teen as a “very opinionated socialist.” However, by the next day, the description merely read that he was “very opinionated.” The word “socialist” was scrubbed without explanation.

The story written for the Post by Zahira Torres and Yesenia Robles initially buried the fact that the young man was identified as a socialist in the 13th paragraph.

In the first paragraph the paper noted that Pierson was “outspoken about politics,” and in the third quoted a friend who said that the shooter “had very strong beliefs about gun laws and stuff.”

But readers had to wait until the 13th paragraph to read what direction those outspoken political views took.

That paragraph originally read: “Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with Pierson, described him as very opinionated Socialist.”

But by Saturday morning, the Post had quietly sent the word “socialist” down the Internet memory hole. The revised paragraph simply reported that Pierson was very opinionated.

The new paragraph read: “Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with Pierson, described him as very opinionated.”

One key word was lopped off and the story has no notification that an edit had occurred.

The paper went on, though, to reprint some of Pierson’s more hate-filled invectives. The young man disliked famed Scottish Enlightenment philosopher and capitalist icon, economist Adam Smith, and was particularly hateful toward Republicans. He also identified himself as a “Keynesian,” the economists that today’s left-wing champions.

The paper wrote:

Pierson also appears to mock Republicans on another Facebook post, writing ‘you republicans are so cute’ and posting an image that reads: ‘The Republican Party: Health Care: Let ’em Die, Climate Change: Let ’em Die, Gun Violence: Let ’em Die, Women’s Rights: Let ’em Die, More War: Let ’em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?’

As it turned out, the same young man who excoriated Republicans for a “let ’em die” attitude on gun violence turned into a perpetrator of such violence.

via Denver Post Scrubs ‘Socialist’ from Description of Colorado School Shooter.

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    charle Chapman

    Note that loopy ideas spread outward from the schools of education-the three hundred pound gorilla in the faculty lounge, whose large enrollments give them political power on campus and deference from the Dean. Lopy ideas and fads are their primary product, some of which infect the colleges themselves and can be remarkably impervious to evaluation over time. We still have schools trying to make “writing across the curriculum compulsory in the face of experience and the varying nature of specific subject areas. To reform the high schools. the source of the various infections beed to be treated.

    • Staff

      Why is the FBI looking into Harmony. Why are the majority of administrators from Turkey? These are questions you must think are not important.

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    Robert Suttopn

    When I was a journalism major at a university I was told that if I was caught misquoting a source that I would not only receive a “F” on that assignment, but I would also be dropped from the course. It seems to me that most journalists have adopted a political philosophy that justifies telling not what is the truth, but rather telling whatever will further the social/political cause that the journalist believes in. No wonder that while journalists used to be held in high esteem, they are now thought of with disgust.

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    Jenny

    I wonder if his father was a high paid banker executive and was planning on testifying in the Libor banking scandal like Holmes and Lanza’s fathers were. How much longer will we take to wake up?

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