BuzzFeed editor on Lafayette shooting: Don’t pray, ban guns


BuzzFeed editor Rachel Zarrell couldn’t help herself Thursday evening as news of the theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana unfolded. As people took to Twitter asking for prayer for the victims and their families, Zarrell coldly tweeted “Don’t pray. Push for gun control.”

Minutes earlier, as news of the shooting broke, Zarrell tweeted “Let’s just give everyone guns, right? It’s in the goddamn constitution.”

The response against Zarrell was heated. @sunsentinello responded with “The descent of the agenda carrion upon human tragedy just boggles the mind,” and later tweeted about Zarrell “It’s the ultimate selfishness. it’s always got to be about them.” @Rachael1776 tweeted “While we PRAY for those affected by this tragedy, let’s also pray for those who make cold statements like this to push agendas.” Nearly every response was universally critical.

Zarrell remained defiant, tweeting in response to the criticism “If this were someone in my family id want every person alive screaming about gun control to anyone who would listen,” and in response to her agenda-pushing, she tweeted “Without agenda there would be more tragedy.” That last response just about says it all about today’s liberal media mindset.

Later, it appears Zarrell may have gotten some blowback from her boss. After Stephen Miller pointed out BuzzFeed’s ethics guide prohibits such political grandstanding by editors and reporters on social media, Zarrell tweeted to both Miller and BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith “You’re right, it was the wrong thing to say. I was being reactive. I don’t speak for my colleagues.”

It is not clear if Zarrell participated in the coverage of the tragedy on BuzzFeed. The story that was featured on the site’s front page was straight-forward and did not editorialize. It did point out that guns were not allowed inside most businesses and guns can be bought and carried with certain permits. It did feature mentions of local and state officials asking for prayer.

Source: Rachel Zarrell Twitter Feed


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