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How the Media Treated the Unabomber vs. Audrey Hale



Writer’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series about recent offensive statements made by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and how it relates to Nashville mass shooter Audrey Hale. Part One is available here.

This spring, transgender Audrey Hale shot and killed six people at a private Christian school in Nashville, but before she did, she left behind a manifesto that the public still may not access.

Members of the establishment press seem to have zero interest in pursuing or seeing Hale’s manifesto. They certainly aren’t filing lawsuits to force law enforcement to release it. This has much to do the establishment media’s sympathy toward transgenders and its extreme hostility to Christians and conservatives.

Contrast this with how the press treated the Unabomber case nearly 30 years ago.  

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On September 19, 1995, The New York Times and The Washington Post published the Unabomber’s manifesto…before anyone even knew he was Ted Kaczynski. Staff at the two newspapers said they did this as a public service. They hoped someone who knew the Unabomber personally would recognize his writing style and turn him in to law enforcement. And that’s exactly what happened.

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold carried out the Columbine massacre in Colorado in 1999. They too left behind a manifesto. The Denver Post sued to force law enforcement to release the manifesto. And, in 2006, the paper got its wish.   

In 2014, incel Eliot Rodger resented women and carried out a mass shooting that murdered six people in California. As the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) noted in a statement this week, only one day after the massacre, The New York Times published Rodger’s manifesto.

“A week later it published a profile that opens by describing the Isla Vista shooter’s mental health struggles and parents’ divorce,” the SPLC said.

“The authors offer a sympathetic overview of his early life, emphasizing his experience with bullies and crippling loneliness.”

As far as Audrey Hale is concerned, Democrats and the corporate media seem to care little for her motives. They instead spend their time and energies using the shooting as an excuse to push for tighter gun control laws.

Many conservatives believe Hale, who was transgendered, killed six people, including three children, at a private Christian school because she hated people of faith. They also believe a manifesto she left behind was politically charged and would confirm their suspicions.

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Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) officials said Hale acted alone and planned the killings over a period of months. They also continue to say “the motive for Hale’s actions has not been established.”

Many conservatives, including Tennessee Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN-02) have asked law enforcement to release Hale’s manifesto now rather than later. But they have thus far refused to do so.

MNPD seized 20 of Hale’s journals, five of her laptops, and her suicide note. Hale, whatever her motive, fired 152 rounds from the time she shot her way into the school until MNPD officers shot and killed her.

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