Breitbart posts flagrantly racist headline on Virginia shooting, edits it to be only slightly less racist

This morning, reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were murdered on live television. The suspect, Vester Flanagan, who also goes by the name Bryce Williams, has reportedly shot himself after a lengthy police chase, but as of noon today law enforcement officials were saying that he did not die from his self-inflicted injuries.

Flanagan had previously worked with Parker at the same news station, and was let go two years prior. In addressing the shooting, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe described him as a “disgruntled employee.”

Alison Parker and Adam Ward

Alison Parker and Adam Ward

As news of the events unfolded, America began to go through its familiar cycle for handling shooting tragedies. We were told to pray for the victims’ and their families. We were warned not to politicize the tragedy (and then we were warned that we would be warned not to politicize the tragedy). Journalists debated the ethics of watching or sharing footage of the shooting.

We also learned that last night, ABC received a 23-page fax from someone named Bryce Williams, which is being described as his “manifesto” that may or may not include his motive for the shooting. That document has been turned over to the authorities, and has not been released to the public. In other words, we don’t know why this shooting happened yet.

UPDATE 2:30 PM: ABC has now reported that the manifesto includes numerous references to Dylan Storm Roof, Seung-Hui Cho and the Columbine shooting, and also talked of a race war.

That is, with the exception of Breitbart, who had all the information they needed once they found out that Flanagan is black:

CNWMQOYU8AAQhyVAfter realizing that this headline may have been in bad taste, Breitbart edited it. It is now only slightly less racist:

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I guess anyone can write “racial motive suspected” and have it be true if the person writing the headline is the one doing the suspecting, but Jesus Tapdancing Christ, what the actual hell? These are the same conservatives who remind us that America needs a cooling off period to pray and reflect before it’s appropriate to discuss shooting tragedies — and given the rate at which they happen, a one-day cooling off period is just long enough to wait until the next one happens. But as soon as the suspect in said tragedy is black, the culture warriors at Breitbart are magically cooled off and ready to politicize away.

Except their political issue isn’t fewer gun deaths; it’s racial animosity. Because why misdirect about mental health and violent video games when you have skin color to work with?




Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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35 Responses to “Breitbart posts flagrantly racist headline on Virginia shooting, edits it to be only slightly less racist”

  1. Silver_Witch says:

    No idea why they would support Trump’s immigration plan. Coulter is a media darling and not really someone I follow – most of what she says is just to be shocking and upset people.

    Not sure if it is a vast conspiracy – just know what I see and what history shows us. So I have to say that as long as immigrants are willing to take less than multi-generation american immigrants (that would be you and me) the rich will keep their access available – legally or illegally.

  2. TRV Dante says:

    So why is Trump’s immigration plan endorsed by hardcore nativists like VDARE, Ann Coulter, and Jeff Sessions? Or are you going to tell me that they’re also in on this vast conspiracy of taking power to use cheap labor?

  3. Silver_Witch says:

    Look at history my friend. That is exactly what we have always done…what you are saying about immigrants now are verbatim what they said in the 1800 about the Irish and other immigrants.

    The robber barons want people who will work cheap – either out of fear or desperation…so they they support the import as well. Seriously – Trump says out loud that he uses Mexicans to work for him.

    I worked for a very wealthy republican years ago…he was all family values until the state tried to limit immigrants (he used them to clean his boat hull – cheap) – he called every contact he had and told them to vote NO on limiting immigrants.

    They are bullshitting you my friend….

  4. TRV Dante says:

    Do you actually think importing a ton of third-worlders with zero valuable skills or worthwhile assets makes this country actually better?

  5. Silver_Witch says:

    Breitbart is successful only because he feeds the fear and inadequancy of all the old men shivering in their boots cause “the other is coming” – whoever the other is. They are losing their power and control over this country and they are piddling themselves in fear instead of joining in and becoming part of a better country.

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  9. SkippyFlipjack says:

    You might also wonder aloud: Two people are dead, and Breitbart’s response is to distort it into something that aligns with their political perspective? (Making them the worst worst pieces of shit in the universe.)

    Seriously, you see that, right? It’s like when Fox declared that the Charlestown shooter had it in for Christians. It’s lying, insidious lying that makes tragedies somehow even worse.

  10. SkippyFlipjack says:

    ..said no one, ever.

  11. Moderator3 says:

    Go and be a racist elsewhere. Breitbart may be a good fit for you.

  12. Snakes on a Car says:

    The Breitbart Headlines were both 100% correct. This was a ‘Race Murder’. The murderer stated in his manifesto that he was killing Whites to start a race war.

  13. haydesigner says:

    “This article isn’t JOURNALISM.”
    “The Breitbart HEADLINES were correct.”

    I’m hoping you see the incongruity of your own words there.

  14. Snakes on a Car says:

    “rained or the sun came up”
    Black crime is that common.

  15. Snakes on a Car says:

    ((((( Oy Vey )))))

  16. Snakes on a Car says:

    This article isn’t journalism. It’s whiney tone-policing.
    The Breitbart headlines were correct. A Black killed Whites because he wanted to start a race war.

  17. Snakes on a Car says:

    Jon ((((( Green ))))) is telling the Goyim to ignore this anti-White murder.

  18. Snakes on a Car says:

    The murderer is Black and his manifesto states that he wants to start a race war with Whites. He then murdered some Whites.

  19. Shub-Niggurath says:

    The murder itself is insignificant. We need to worry about racist headlines, guys! After all, a headline is worse than two people being murdered!

  20. haydesigner says:

    Then clearly you do not know the actual definition of journalism. I can’t make you learn it.

  21. TRV Dante says:

    If we’re talking about mass media and politics, then it clearly does.

  22. haydesigner says:

    It should be obvious, but in case it isn’t… influence does not equal quality.

  23. TRV Dante says:

    How are you sinking down to Breitbart’s level? They’re clearly above this site given how much more relevant and influential they are. You should be learning from them and working on improving yourself.

  24. haydesigner says:

    So… to be clear… you are advocating that ‘stooping to your opponent’s level’ is the best thing to do in today’s journalism?

  25. TRV Dante says:

    So rather than point out how incredibly successful Breitbart has been at building a brand for themselves and becoming one of the largest voices on the right as well as even more influential on the web (Milo Yiannapolous is the biggest example) you choose to just scream DAS RAYCISS while you fade into irrelevance? No wonder Trump is poised to become our next president.

  26. Abe Fuxmen says:

    No, your goyische brain doesn’t comprehend that blacks are not capable of racism since they are still metaphorically enslaved by microaggressions and the specter of Jim Crow.

  27. Abe Fuxmen says:

    My brother Schmuley made a fortune selling pieces of shit from Auschwitz toilets. It’s good business, goy.

  28. Errr, the manifesto that he faxed to another news agency said that he believed he was participating in a race war.
    How is that not a race murder? What is it, then?

  29. Abe Fuxmen says:

    My cousin Moses-Levy Fuxmen will be producing a film on this terrible tragedy starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the shooter and Jamie Foxx and Star Jones as the victims. If you’re wondering about the casting, it’s simply about acting talent, not a racial narrative. Race is irrelevant whenever White goyim are killed. Shalom.

  30. Terrible Coughing says:

    Racists headlines are worse than physically shooting two people in cold blood apparently.

  31. Death says:

    It’s not anywhere close to as common as black crime. Black raped and murdered a White? Might as well report that the Earth has oceans.

  32. AntiDem says:

    Two people are dead, and your response is to complain about Republicans being racist?

    You are the worst pieces of shit in the universe.

  33. BeccaM says:

    It’s only a required ‘cooling off’ period if something might ever be done about the free availability of firearms to those who are criminals or unbalanced or might be in some other way manifestly unfit to own and use guns. Said ‘cooling off’ period to last until people forget something should be done.

    When it comes to inciting racist violence or knee-jerk reactions that would result in reprisals against minorities not involved in whatever the crime was? It apparently can’t happen fast or impulsively enough.

  34. Doug105 says:

    Reporting racism on breitbart is like stopping to announce it rained.

  35. Indigo says:

    It makes no difference, indignation will be ritually expressed. Then we move on again.

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