Media Excited To Report Sikh Temple Mass Shooter Was In Military
The shooting at a Sikh temple ended with six victims dead, including the gunman — who was shot by police officers at the scene.
The shooter has been identified as Wade Michael Page.
Prepping graphics reels with mixes of Army basic training and the Oklahoma City bombing, the media was truly excited to mold a narrative of a troubled veteran with PTSD shooting people because the Army made him a "cold-blooded killer."
"Right now, I'm working on pulling up his military records," said Davis Smith, a reporter with the New York Times. "I already pulled up something that said he fired a pistol and a rifle in Army basic training. Law enforcement says he used a pistol in the shooting, so it's quite obvious that the military created this monster."
Department of Defense officials have confirmed Page's service in the Army. He served from 1992 through 1998 as a Hawk missile system repair person and later as a Psychological Operations specialist.
A reporter with CNN says that it was most likely war-time service that pushed Page over the edge.
"During that period, we were at the height of the Bosnian War," said Martin Evans. "We were bombing villages and had troops overseas. It just must have been too much for him."
The shooter's records so far do not show deployments to Bosnia, but when asked for clarification, Evans had to cut the TDB interview short so he could seek out a fake veteran to talk about the dangers of PTSD.
It's also been confirmed that Dr. Phil will be airing a special series to talk about PTSD Monsters again and most news desks have said they will no longer refer to him by name but instead call him the "American Military-Trained Terrorist."
Graphics are already being distributed across the AP Newswire of his boot camp photo from 20 years ago for use in tonight's stories -- with the caption "Solder's Extremely Delayed PTSD Results In Domestic Terrorism."