LA Times and NY Times under heat over coverage of the Mexican cartel shootout story

LA Times and NY Times under heat over coverage of the Mexican cartel shootout story

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The Los Angeles Times is facing criticism for its coverage of the highway shootout in northern Mexico, in which nine Americans were violently murdered.

The story: On Monday, nine American citizens, three women and six children, were killed when their cars were riddled with bullets and some caught fire, as they were driving. Six other children were wounded. Authorities claim Mexican drug cartels were associated with the shooting.

The LA Times titled the story, “U.S. victims in Mexico massacre were tied to family with a long history of violence,” raising cries of victim-blaming.

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Response: The outlet's coverage caused a social media backlash:

 

On Thursday, Fox Nation host Tammy Bruce also discussed the paper's headline during a "Fox and Friends" appearance.

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"The headline is... in a certain sense these people were asking for it," Bruce said. "Or they put themselves in that position. But here's what we've noticed. There's this [headline and], remember the attempt to rehab al-Baghdadi's reputation by calling him an austere scholar?"

"What we're seeing here, is that anything that the left or the Democrats think might interfere with their narrative, even if it involves mass murder, they're going to try to whitewash [it]," she added.

"This is why the president is so critical so often of legacy media and why Americans look at this, and think, you can't even tell us the basic facts over a news story, the murder of women and children, how can we trust you on other issues?" Bruce said.

Townhall's Julio Rosas posted a tweet, pointing out that the paper changed it's headline to "Massacre of U.S. citizens aims spotlight at Mormon community with deep roots in Mexico."

The New York Times' coverage: However, the LA times wasn't the only news outlet getting criticized for its coverage on the story. The New York Times tweeted their story, writing that the victims were part of the history “of religious fundamentalist settlers in the region.”

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“I know when I see senseless slaughter in the drug wars on our border, the first thing I think of is gee… I wonder what the history of religion in that area is like,” one Twitter user replied.

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