CNN became the target of ridicule among social media users over its coverage of the shooting Tuesday at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, Calif., in which hundreds of employees were evacuated and several were injured before the shooter, a 39-year-old San Diego woman, apparently killed herself.
“After local authorities confirmed the suspect was a woman, CNN’s screen read, ‘Female Suspect Dead,’ and on-air personalities speculated as to reasons for the incident,” The Hollywood Reporter notes. “One personality, CNN’s crime and justice reporter Shimon Prokupecz, speculated on ‘The Situation Room’ that the motivation for the shooting was ‘perhaps a love triangle.’ Ongoing conversations centered on the possibility of the shooter reacting to a relationship gone bad.”
THR adds: “The coverage was immediately called out as odd on Twitter, with many pointing out Porkupecz’s ‘love triangle’ remark in particular. CNN has not responded to The Hollywood Reporter’s request for comment.”
One Twitter user wrote: “CNN tees up a theory out of nowhere that the shooting must be a love triangle because the shooter was a woman. <facepalm> turning on Cartoon Network”
Added another: “I’m not sure why but hearing someone on @CNN say a female shooter might have to do with a “love triangle” really pisses me off. Cuz she can’t just be batshit like other fucking shooters?”
Another user tweeted: “@CNN Why did the analyst jump to the #lovetriangle motive? Because shooter was woman? Seems like a sexist jump. Never heard of that motive for other mass shootings.”