CNN anchor can’t recollect last time a shooting at a U.S. military facility occurred: Really?

CNN anchor can’t recollect last time a shooting at a U.S. military facility occurred: Really?

CNN coverage of Washington Navy Yard shootingTalk about your selective amnesia! Newsbusters writes that during this morning’s live coverage of the horrific shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, CNN’s Carol Costello confessed on air that she couldn’t recall the last time a gunman wreaked “havoc at a U.S. military facility.”

This was not an offhand remark along the lines of “I can’t recall the last time I had a meal this delicious!” but a genuine journalistic lapse.

It is all the more poignant coming, as it does, within weeks of the verdict in the trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan, aka the Ft. Hood shooter. That’s Ft. Hood, the army base in Texas. Recall it now, Carol? Remember Hasan? He was a gunman who wreaked “havoc” in 2009, killing 13 service members in the name of Allah. Coming back to you now?

The video that follows features the exchange between correspondent Brian Todd and  Costello, which sounds more like Abbott and Costello. The transcript, which occurs below, is breathtaking.

CAROL COSTELLO: I used to work in Washington, live in Washington. This seems so unusual to me that a gunman could create this kind of havoc at a U.S. military facility.


COSTELLO: Have you ever heard of it happening before, Brian?

TODD: I’m sorry, Carol. I missed that question. Could you repeat it please?

COSTELLO: I was just saying that this is so unusual, because this is such a heavily-secured military facility. I’ve worked in Washington for many years, I’ve never heard of such a thing happening.

TODD: Well, we haven’t either in this area, Carol. This is the first time we’ve seen something like this, at least in many, many years. Now you remember the Fort Hood shooting in 2009, where that was a member of the service who was convicted eventually of doing that shooting. [Emphasis added]

Todd omits the detail that Hasan was a jihadist, who loudly proclaimed “Allahu Akbar!” before squeezing off the first round. But maybe that’s the aspect of the story that caused Costello to draw a blank.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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