Owen Jones Leaves News Cast After Fellow Anchors Play Down Anti-Gay Nature Of Orlando Massacre.

In our blog " Today's Horror Reminds Us Of Another Gay Club Tragedy " we saw how our media overlooked one of the LGBT community's and the nation's most horrific tragedies in 1973.  My, how times have changed.  I have been very happy with the coverage here in the United States of this tragic event.  I wish it never happened, of course, but the fact that, in my opinion, the big three (NBC, CBS, ABC) have not shied away from acknowledging that this is a HATE crime and an act of TERRORISM.  Even the president has said it is both Hate and Terror and there is no line of demarcation.   

The support has been pouring in from across the globe.  And we as well get to see the news and media from other nations.  But how is their media handling the event?  Thanks to Attitude.co.uk, we get a glimpse of one troubling encounter on Sky News where the coverage was not so smooth.


During the discussion for Sky News, Jones was joined by Mark Longhurst and Julia Hartley-Brewer for the Sky News discussion where the three of them discussed the day’s papers, but soon clashed over Mateen’s motivations.

During the interview, Jones, who is openly gay, stressed that the attack was motivated by homophobia, as Longhurst and Hartley-Brewer seemingly played down the anti-gay nature of the horrific crime.

Jones argued, “People rationalise their hatred. People know this, who are gay, that there are people out there who are sickened and repulsed by our very existence and this guy, however he dresses up his bigotry and hatred is somebody who hates gays.

“At the end of the day, this is a homophobic hate crime, as well as terrorism, and we have to call it out for what it is.”

Jones continued, saying that it was “one of the worst atrocities committed against LGBT people in the Western world for generations” before Longhurst interrupted to say  it was “carried out against human beings.” – Attitude.co.uk





“You cannot say this is a worse attack than what was carried out in Paris,” Longhurst continued, saying the shooting was an attack “on the freedom of all people out to enjoy themselves, like Bataclan was.”

The debate quickly got heated, with Jones eventually declaring, “I’ve had enough of this, I’m going home.”

Hartley-Brewer attempted to calm him down by saying, “We’re trying to have a civilised conversation. I know you’re upset and you’re very angry, everyone’s upset and angry about this but storming off a TV set…”

Jones ignores her and storms off, leaving Brewer and Longhurst to carry on without him.  – Attitude.co.uk

Do you agree with Jones' interpretation of what the other newscasters were saying?

Have you seen people downplaying this as an attack on America and not so much an attack on the LGBT community?

How do you feel the U.S. or your nation's media have been covering this horrific incident?


Jones took to Twitter this morning to address the incident.


h/t: Attitude.co.uk

What do you think?