A Washington Post report on the memorial gathering a year after the murder of 49 (and wounding of 53 others) at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, leaves out a salient feature of the massacre: the killer, Omar Mateen, was a radical Muslim.
The headline merely noted that a year ago, 49 people died and that yesterday Orlando "remembered." But it didn't quite remember what sent Mateen on his rampage.
The Daily Caller noticed this omission:
Reporter Katie Mettler writes at length about the havoc wreaked on dozens of victims and their families in the June, 2016, attack, but makes no mention of the motivation of the Muslim terrorist responsible for the destruction. Neither Islam nor terror is mentioned once, although Omar Mateen took great pains to make his motive ultra clear.
The description of the attack is even more bizarre than the headline. Mettler ascribes the religiously motivated terror rampage to a disembodied “mass shooting” that “stole 49 lives.”
This is from the Washington Post:
"It's totally different now. It’s like all the terrifying and awful memories I had have been replaced with tonight, with this unity and all this love,” Ramses Tinoco, who survived the massacre, told the Orlando Sentinel. “We’re all still grieving but this gave me some closure. I could smile and remember the 49.”
As Theodore Dalrymple wrote in a City Journal article on "creative appeasement," our denial leads aspiring terrorists to believe that this is how it works: We kill, you light candles.
Or: We kill, you get closure, smile and remember your dead.
Here is another gem from the Washington Post:
By the end of the night, more than 1,000 people had gathered to remember what happened last June, when Orlando became the first U.S. city of the summer — before Falcon Heights, Minn., and Baton Rouge and Dallas — to be upended by gun violence.
Oh, so it's gun violence . . .