It’s not enough that the Chronicle ran an op-ed two days ago denigrating Joe Horn and then placed the op-ed front and center on their website, in a subversive attempt to pass it off as an actual news story instead of an editorial. And it’s not enough that they (and the rest of the Houston mainstream media who hasn’t yet seen through his nasty, race-baiting rhetoric) devoted an unnecessary amount of attention to Quanell X’s “protest” on the residential street where Joe Horn shot and killed the two men who had just finished robbing his neighbor’s house and heading his way.
Today we have an even more incendiary article on how the two dead men were illegal immigrants, as if that has any bearing on the story whatsoever. Do you think that Joe Horn knew this when he shot them? Do you think it occurred to him that Diego Ortiz and Hernando Riascos Torres weren’t here legally? Do you really think that their citizenship or lack thereof in any way figured into his hasty and probably ill-conceived decision to shoot them?
Take a look at Mr. Riascos Torres and Mr. Ortiz:
Would you have expected that these two men were illegal immigrants from Columbia? No.
What’s more, this “new information” serves absolutely no purpose other than to further inflame the general public and further demonize an old man for making a terrible decision over which he has publicly expressed deep regret.
And if you’re feeling particularly voyeuristic, you can even listen to the actual 9-1-1 call, courtesy of — who else? — the Chronicle. If you listen carefully for the part in the call where you can make out the sounds of the gunshots, you can also hear a little piece of your soul dying at the same time.
The Chronicle should be ashamed of itself for continuing to propagate this story. They might think that they’re encouraging dialogue and discussion about Second Amendment rights and immigration (hell, they probably don’t actually think quite that deeply, now that I think about it). But they aren’t.
This is simply more propaganda for the ugly, hateful Quanell X’s of the world. And more importantly, this base pandering equates to more readership for the Chronicle, which is really their chief concern in the end.
Aren’t we lucky to have a paper with such high journalistic standards?