Reporting on the fatal mass shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle choked up on the newspaper’s editorial decisions in reporting on their own tragedy.
“Let’s now take a closer look, specifically at the front page of today’s Capital Gazette,” Ruhle said, displaying an image on air showing the paper’s front page and opinion page.
“In the opinion page — it’s usually full — it was left blank,” she noted, beginning to choke up.
“Listing the names of the victims. Saying ‘today we’re speechless, tomorrow this page will return it’s the steady purpose of offering our readers informed opinions about the world around them, that they might be better citizens.”
Rob Hiaasen, 59; Wendi Winters, 65; Gerald Fischman, 61; John McNamara, 56; and Rebecca Smith, 34 were murdered in the shooting.
“It’s a newspaper that’s been around in some form before America was born and it is true to the journalistic tradition there to inform people,” co-host Ali Velshi reminded.
“Just think about this, the local news business has been going away for the last decade at least and here’s one organization that has been preserved, honored in the area and now rocked,” Ruhle noted.
Jarrod Warren Ramos, 38, was charged with first-degree murder on Friday.
Tomorrow this Capital page will return to its steady purpose of offering readers informed opinion about the world around them. But today, we are speechless. pic.twitter.com/5HzKN2IW7Q
— Capital Gazette (@capgaznews) June 29, 2018
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