Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller uncharacteristically wandered onto hostile political terrain Tuesday with an apparently callous remark about the murder of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, who had been missing since mid-July.
While reporting the news, the AP’s White House reporter added his own bit of political commentary via Twitter.
Likely coming to a Trump rally near you…. Investigators: Suspect in Mollie Tibbetts death is in custody, subject to immigration detainer https://t.co/S14Mbnd7Ff
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) August 21, 2018
“Likely coming to a Trump rally near you … Investigators: Suspect in Mollie Tibbetts’ death is in custody, subject to immigration detainer,” Miller tweeted.
Aware that he may have crossed the line, Miller then issued a “non-apology apology” in his Twitter timeline.
“Obviously a tragedy,” he added approximately 52 minutes after his initial tweet.
“Just pointing out the obvious — that this revelation contributes to that which POTUS has been highlighting,” he added.
But it wasn’t that Miller was speculating about the president’s likelihood of addressing the national tragedy that got Twitter followers riled up.
It was the dismissive manner of implying that the president shouldn’t be highlighting the Tibbetts case.
Twitter commenters promptly weighed in.
“This insensitivity is why ratio happens,” one person responded, referring to the “ratio” of a person’s responses to likes and retweets.
If a person gets many more responses than likes on Twitter, that person has probably crossed the line or has gotten “ratio’d.”
You should probably ask yourself what moved you beyond tragedy to politics. Seriously, think deeply about this.
— WalterAkana (@WalterAkana) August 21, 2018
“You should probably ask yourself what moved you beyond tragedy to politics. Seriously, think deeply about this,” another said.
This is absolutely classless. Wow.
— Chief R. Muterspaw (@chiefmuterspaw) August 21, 2018
“This is absolutely classless. Wow,” someone simply remarked.
Wow. You're exactly what I expect of an AP "journalist". Congratulations.
— Death (@smellthaglove) August 21, 2018
“Wow. You’re exactly what I expect of an AP ‘journalist.’ Congratulations,” another said.
Zeke, maybe you chose the wrong profession. Journalist is not spelled activist.
— Jim Hall (@WFSecurityNerd) August 22, 2018
“Zeke, maybe you chose the wrong profession. Journalist is not spelled activist,” another commenter added.
Miller’s remark was far from the only such reaction to the news that Tibbetts had been murdered by an illegal immigrant.
MSNBC guest Christina Greer, a Fordham University professor, ignited controversy Tuesday night by complaining that “Fox News is talking about” the death of a “girl in Iowa.”
Much as they did with the subject of San Francisco resident Kate Steinle’s death at the hands of an illegal immigrant, the mainstream media react to such heartbreaking stories as niche tragedies of interest only to conservatives; these media types feel such stories don’t fit progressive narratives designed to push forth their agenda.
President Donald Trump was elected in part to represent “forgotten Americans,” those who have been damaged, let down, or ignored by this country and its laws — or lack of protections, as the case may be.
As far as progressive activist journalists are concerned, it seems that the Mollie Tibbetts case cannot be forgotten soon enough.
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