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The Copycat Effect: Omar Seddique Mateen ups the massacre kills stakes

by | 13th, June 2016

What do we know of Omar Seddique Mateen, 29, from reading the newspapers?

The Sun: Mateen is the “laughing gunman” who “slaughtered 50 clubbers”. He is an “IS maniac” who murdered 50 people at “gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida”.

We learn that Mateen shot an “armed doorman” on his way inside “America’s Bataclan”. He has driven his van 120 miles to Orlando from his home in  St Lucie, Florida.

Over pages 4 and 5 of the report, readers are told the FBI “freed” Mateen three times. He was “not considered a threat”. Before he killed he called 911 and stated his allegiance to Islamic State.

We hear of Mateen’s father, also called Seddique Mateen, 59. The Sun says he “declared himself president of Afghanistan” on Facebook. His page, Provisional Government of Afghanistan. calls on Afghan soldiers to attack Pakistan. He says the massacre was “nothing to do with Islam”.

Daily Express : “Omar Mateen is an “Extremist” on the paper’s front page.

The Express says he was investigated twice not three times by the FBI. Whatever the real number, the fact is they missed him. Indeed, there are reports he worked as security guard for a company that protected get this federal buildings.

The Express then tells readers Orlando is known as “The City Beautiful” and is the “world’s theme parks capital”.  It hosts the “25th Florida ilm Festival in April”. Does the Express have a deal with the Orlando tourism board?

Daily Mirror : Mateen is the “ISIS MANIAC”.

Inside Mateen is the “lone wolf”, although surely known wolf is more apt.

On page 7, the Mirror  quotes Pat Robinson, a TV evangelist, who said, “I totally get the guy who did this…. I understand what drove him to such an act. This establishment was a lair of fornication… I think it’s a good thing it happened here.”

In “Voice of the Mirror”, the paper uses the world “Muslim” for the first time.

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