"gun-loving mom" "drinking buddy" "bar pal"
What kind of BS journalism is that?
New York Daily News, what a crap rag.
Sort of yes and sort of no. The New York Daily News isn't much of a newspaper, though my impression is it's a slightly less flagrantly propaganda-driven operation than the Times of that same city.
Interviews with the killer's mother's drinking friends aren't likely to produce the definitive answers most of us want, but they're better than nothing, and may well lead to worthier sources.
In purely journalistic terms, this is a huge story, and there's an enormous demand for facts right this minute. Standard journalistic practice has always been to send out as many reporters as can be rousted out of low budget bars, and order them to dig fast and dig deep and bring back everything they can get their hands on. Editors, in the ensuing few days, used to toss the accumulated facts and impressions and reminescences and guesses and more facts and hunches on the table, sort through them, and make the best possible sense of the story as a whole.
There are a couple problems with that method:
1.) News consumers are in a red hot television-paced hurry these days. This is understandable, though it doesn't encourage intelligent, comprehensive, realistic journalism. The need for speed has trumped accuracy.
2.) This story has had a prodigiously large political cast from the moment the killer pulled the first trigger the first time, and "that changes everything," to coin a phrase. If it need be said, the failed main stream "news" media had their so-called "minds" made up from the outset this would be their golden opportunity to help President You Didn't Build That and the Democratic [sic] party give those knuckle-dragging Neanderthal NRA goons a hard slap across the face and agitate for more so-called "gun control." Whatever advances the "progressive" so-called "narrative" is all to the good; whatever stands in its way either isn't reported at all, or deliberately covered up with leftist extremist lies. Those have been the methods all along with the Fast & Furious fiasco: first don't report it, then try to hide it. If you expect the worst of socialists, you'll rarely be disappointed.
Very little time to gather facts plus "progressive" hatred of ordinary Americans and American civil rights adds up to a journalistic disaster. It's by no means the first such disaster, to be sure, though I have no doubt historians will point out in due time this was one of the larger and more egregious.
Fortunately for real Americans, there isn't a shortage of genuine, old-fashioned journalists who are ready, willing, and able to do everything newspaper reporters used to do. Most genuine journalists' stories show up on the internet these days rather than paper. They're gathering facts this very minute. They're looking over the material that's showing up in newspaper and television accounts, much of it blatantly hate-driven, of course. They're working on drawing the connections and sussing their way through the "narratives" the dinosaur "news" media saturate with totalitarian bias. Authentic journalists with old-fashioned integrity are on the job. We'll presently see a much more comprehensive, truthful, and intelligent story.
I predict some of what the Daily News has generated will show up in authentic news stories in another few days.
BTW, I enjoyed reading your cogent missive.