One Year After Pulse Nightclub Attack, Orlando Sentinel Gaslights Omar Mateen's Motive
One year ago today, the Pulse nightclub in Orlando became a killing zone and the site of the worst terror attack in the U.S. since 9/11 -- 49 patrons killed and 58 more injured:
During the attack, the killer Omar Mateen called 911 three times and also called a local TV station to claim credit, saying he did the attack in support of the Islamic State.
But in a trend I've documented here at PJ Media, despite these obvious "investigative clues," there are media outlets, family members, and law enforcement officials who still puzzle over Mateen's motive.
Remarkably, the Orlando Sentinel, the largest newspaper in the city where the Pulse nightclub attack occurred, published an article last week before the one year anniversary of the attack gaslighting the killer's motive:
Sentinel reporter Paul Brinkmann floated debunked conspiracy theories that Mateen was secretly gay and self-loathing, interviewing two former law enforcement behavioral profilers -- neither of whom worked the case.
Brinkmann also interviewed a gay rights activist who claims that ISIS was a convenient scapegoat for his true motives:
Multiple people have said over the past year they think Omar Mateen was a regular at the club or that he was gay himself -- even though U.S. law enforcement officials and the FBI reportedly found no evidence to support those theories. Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch originally called the shooting a hate crime and a terrorist attack.
Jessica Stern, executive director of OutRight Action International, the group tracking gay killings, sees no conflict between those ideas, and neither do criminal profilers and others interviewed about Mateen’s motive.
“There are domestic factors and international factors, and both are so important,” Stern said, referring to Mateen’s history, life experiences and ISIS. “For Omar Mateen, ISIS was simply the justification.”
It bears repeating that these conspiracy theories floated by the media for weeks last year after the shooting were investigated by the FBI, which found zerp support for them:
Are we really to believe that if the FBI had discovered some support for this conspiracy theory, the Obama administration and Attorney General Loretta Lynch wouldn't have rode that horse until it died?