Will the left elite, members of PEN and hordes of news and political commenters, pundits, etc. blame the journalists at the Maryland’s Capital Gazette for defamation, just as they blamed the journalists at the Charlie Hebdo magazine?
And if not, why not? What’s the difference? Islam? Will they blame the victims here as they blamed me after jihadis attacked my free speech event in Garland, Texas? Again, why not? Why is it always their first priority to make sure no one thinks ill of Islam?
“Pictured: Bitter gunman, 38, who shot five dead in the Capital Gazette newsroom, after he sued the paper and harassed staff over 2011 article that exposed him for Facebook stalking a woman,” by Emily Crane, Hannah Parry, and Ashley Collman, Dailymail.com, June 29, 2018:
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The gunman who shot dead five people and injured two others in Maryland’s Capital Gazette newsroom had a long-running grudge against the newspaper after they exposed him for Facebook stalking a woman.
Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, was armed with a shotgun and smoke grenades when he launched the attack on the journalists in their newsroom in Annapolis on Thursday afternoon.
He was arrested shortly after police stormed the building. Ramos, who lives in Laurel, Maryland, had refused to identify himself to authorities in the aftermath of the shooting.
A law enforcement official said he had to be identified using facial recognition technology after purposely damaging his fingerprints in what investigators believe was an attempt to prevent them from quickly identifying him. Acting police chief William Krampf later denied this.
There is no known motive at this stage but police said it was a ‘targeted attack’ on the Capital Gazette and that he entered the building ‘looking for his victims’.
The five victims were named by police as Wendi Winters, 65, Rebecca Smith, 34, Robert Hiaasen, 59, Gerald Fischman, 61, and John McNamara, 56.
Winters was the special publications editor, McNamara was a writer, Fischman was editorial page editor, Smith was a sales assistant and Hiaasen was an assistant editor and columnist.
Police said the newspaper had received threats on social media prior to the deadly shooting. Investigators said they were trying to determine if the threats were linked to the suspect.
Ramos had unsuccessfully sued the newspaper and one of its former reporters in 2013 for defamation. A Twitter profile under his name includes frequent tweets about the newspaper and its staff.
Ramos was the subject of a 2011 article – titled ‘Jarrod wants to be your friend’ – after he pleaded guilty to criminal harassment. The article described him as having threatened and harassed a former high school classmate on Facebook. He sent the woman numerous emails spanning several months calling her vulgar names and telling her to kill herself.
In the years that followed, Ramos sued the newspaper, the reporter who initially wrote about the case, a judge and the woman who testified against him. His defamation suit was thrown out on appeal in 2015 because Ramos failed to prove that what the newspaper had printed was untrue.
Ramos routinely harassed journalists from the newspaper on Twitter in scores of profanity laced tweets. One of those tweets targeted one of the journalists killed on Thursday, Rob Hiaasen. In another tweet, he discussed how he’d enjoy seeing the paper stop publishing, but ‘it would be nicer’ to see two journalists ‘cease breathing’.
Other tweets from his account referenced previous journalist shootings, including the 2015 terror attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris
The woman who was harassed by Ramos told WBAL TV that she warned an ex-police officer years ago that he would ‘be young next mass shooter’. Adding that he’s a ‘f***ing nut job’, the woman said Ramos because fixated with her for no apparent reason….
He was inspired by Hebdo.
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