After widespread complaints on social media, the New York Times has quietly backed away this afternoon from inaccurate reporting on the weapon used in Saturday’s Orlando terror attack.
Second Amendment supporters and others have repeatedly questioned why “AR-15 Rifles Are Beloved, Reviled and a Common Element in Mass Shootings” was so quick to incorrectly draw a common theme between other domestic incidents and this one based on the killer’s weapon of choice.
Politically, it was seen as a move to push an assault weapons bill and shift attention away Omar Mateen’s jihadist motivations.
Though the admission would seem to make it necessary to retract the entire story, the newspaper instead added this to the bottom of the piece: “An earlier version of this article referred imprecisely to the SIG Sauer rifle used by Omar Mateen. The gun has a different operating system from the AR-15, but retains some AR-15-style features.”
Below, via NewsDiffs, see the earlier and correction versions of the Times story, followed by the contentions of those who maintain the comparison is false and unjustified:
— Barney Franken (@BarneyFranken) June 14, 2016
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