Socialist? What Socialist?

lalalaThe MSM seems averse to focusing on the shooter du jour‘s political leanings, for some odd reason:

Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with the gunman, described him as a very opinionated Socialist.

Oh? How interesting! But wait! The word “socialist” was later removed via a stealth edit?

Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with Pierson, described him as very opinionated.

Hmm. That’s odd.

When asked why the edit was made, a Denver Post editor had this response:

We decided not to have another student apply a label to the shooter — a label the student likely didn’t even understand.

Apparently the problem is not that the MSM is covering up for a homicidal freak on their side of the aisle; it’s that American high school students are so poorly educated in matters political that they don’t know what a socialist is.

I wonder if the nutbag Leftist shooter knew what “USSR” stands for. But I’m getting ahead of the story.

Ace of Spades astutely places the edit in context:

Here’s how the Denver Post begins its article:

The teenage gunman who entered Arapahoe High School on Friday afternoon and shot two fellow students with a shotgun was outspoken about politics, was a gifted debater and might have been bullied for his beliefs, according to students who knew him.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson identified the gunman as Karl Pierson, an 18-year-old student.

“He had very strong beliefs about gun laws and stuff,” said junior Abbey Skoda, who was in a class with Pierson during her freshman year. “I also heard he was bullied a lot.”

You might imagine — as the Denver Post would clearly like you to imagine — that the boy’s “very strong beliefs about gun laws and stuff” located him on the right. The average Low Information Voter, after all, would assume a school shooter’s views on “gun laws and stuff” were pro-gun.

This is deliberately misleading. He was in fact a bitter opponent of gun rights (ironically, or maybe not so ironically, enough):

Pierson also appears to mock Republicans on another Facebook post, writing “you republicans are so cute” and posting an image that reads: “The Republican Party: Health Care: Let ’em Die, Climate Change: Let ’em Die, Gun Violence: Let ’em Die, Women’s Rights: Let ’em Die, More War: Let ’em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?”

The Denver Post reported that deeper in the article. If it was clear that he was anti-gun rights — as it is clear — why leave it vague in the important opening paragraphs of the article?

That makes their deletion of the Socialist descriptor all the more suspicious.

They will imply he’s on the right while deliberately editing out facts placing him on the hard left.

Oh, and there’s this, from the WSJ:

As students were returning to the school to retrieve their vehicles on Saturday, one described Mr. Pierson, a senior, as an outspoken proponent of political views that were unpopular with others at the school. Chris Davis, an 18-year-old senior, recalled Mr. Pierson once wore a shirt emblazoned with the letters U.S.S.R. and described himself as a communist. “People definitely disagreed with a lot of that and gave him a hard time,” said Mr. Davis, adding that he didn’t think the criticism amounted to bullying.

Well that’s odd!

“Mr. Pierson” (I share Dennis Prager’s revulsion regarding the MSM’s insistence on employing honorifics to refer to homicidal maniacs) probably didn’t know what a communist is, of course.

So let’s have a national discussion on whether Santa Claus is white. Nothing to see here.

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Update:

He was a weird kid,” Davis said. “He’s a self-proclaimed communist, just wears Soviet shirts all the time.”

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