Oh, by the way, the gun used in the Orlando massacre turns out not to have been an AR-15. It was a Sig Sauer MCX carbine. And more than a few gun experts believe the media's mistake is indicative of an agenda — to push for a ban of one of the most popular weapons in the United States.A few points here, but let's get to the main one. Their criticism of "the media's mistake" of confusion of an AR-15 and a Sig Sauer MCX.
But was it really the media's mistake?
Let's be clear in the early reporting period of any crisis, it's not unusual to get some facts wrong - this case included. Take a look:
In the hours after Sunday’s mass shooting at an Orlando night club, Chief John Mina of the Orlando Police Department said the gunman’s weapons included a pistol and an “AR-15-type assault rifle.”How can it be a media spin if they're quoting the official source at the scene?
And anyway, what difference does it make (other than being a factual error that needs to be fixed)?
The error was corrected quickly (BTW, this is the next paragraph in the Washington Post's coverage):
On Monday night, officials clarified that the rifle Omar Mateen used in the shooting was not an AR-15, but a Sig Sauer MCX rifle.Then there's Rachel Maddow's explanation of the Sig Sauer.
Tell me again how this is the media's spin to confuse an AR-15 with a Sig Sauer MCX?
If you're gonna snark, you gotta make sure your facts are right.
But then again this is the Tribune-Review editorial board.