Mass shooting in New Zealand
There was a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, according to police. At last count, at least 49 people were reportedly killed. Ben Westcott was updating the tragic story for CNN.
The New York Times had their own New Zealand Mass Shooting Updates and confirmed “Multiple Fatalities at 2 Mosques.” “Please pray for victims and families. This looks horrific,” Dan Gainor urged.
Sharing news from The Guardian’s Kate Lyons, Mona Eltahawy tweeted: “Injuries reported as police respond to 'critical incident' - live. The shots were first reported in a mosque and at nearby Hagley Park in the center of Christchurch.”
The aftermath of yet another terror attack
Even more horrifying is news that one of the shooters appears to have livestreamed the attack on Facebook. In a piece for CNN, Sherisse Pham reported that Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter struggle to deal with the New Zealand shooting video. Nassim Khadem tweeted this quote from a former FBI agent: "Do not share the video or you are part of this."
Charlie Warzel tried his best to explain this New Age of Viral Terror with his opinion piece in the New York Times. “What makes this atrocity ‘an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence,’... is both the methodical nature in which massacre was conducted + how it was apparently engineered for maximum virality,” Kathleen Kingsbury shared from the op-ed.
For one more take into the massacre, read Robert Evans in Bellingcat: Shitposting, Inspirational Terrorism, and the Christchurch Mosque Massacre. “Really interesting account of how the NZ terrorist employed all the memes of 8chan edgelord culture,” Jeff Sparrow said.
Also, BuzzFeed’s Mark Di Stefano alerted us to the fact that The Daily Mail Let Readers Download The New Zealand Mosque Attacker's Manifesto Directly From Its Website. Miriam Elder declared: “British tabloids leading the way in how not to cover the Christchurch mosque attack.”
Everything else you should read today
The Southern Poverty Law Center fired co-founder Morris Dees, a civil rights lawyer. Melissa Brown reported on the dismissal for the Montgomery Advertiser. The organization provided no other information as to why it fired Dees.
Over at The Atlantic, Taylor Lorenz informed the world that The Hottest Chat App for Teens Is … Google Docs. “As more laptops find their way into schools, educators are using Google Docs to do collaborative exercises & help students follow along. Students basically treat it like IM,” she wrote. “omg would die for a GDOC FLIRT,” Julia Rubin admitted.
Astead Herndon at the New York Times explained How Trump’s Brand of Grievance Politics Roiled a Pennsylvania Campaign. Herndon added on Twitter, “NEW from me: In addition to 2020 stuff, I'll also be writing occasional stories about the politics of white grievance and fears of white replacement that's currently animating Trump's GOP. This is the first, from Pennsylvania. I hope you'll read to the end.” “The @nytimes cannot stop itself from writing more articles about Trump supporters. At least this piece shows the racism overtly. Interviewees' ages: 67, 76, 62, 71,” J. P. Gownder chimed in while Ben Bragdon added this all “sounds very familiar to anyone in #mepolitics.”
And in the Wall Street Journal, Jennifer Levitz and Melissa Korn told us about The Yale Dad Who Set Off the College-Admissions Scandal. Long story short: Morrie Tobin was accused of securities fraud and then unraveled the college admissions cheating scam by admitting to investigators the head women’s soccer coach at Yale University had sought a bribe from him in return for getting his daughter into the Ivy League school.