American journalists continue to behave erratically as they mourn the loss of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. The U.S. media establishment and the Democratic Party are currently going out of their way to blame President Donald Trump for the “plane crash” that killed 176 passengers aboard a Ukrainian International Airlines flight leaving Tehran.
On Thursday, after reports indicated that U.S. officials believed the Ukrainian plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile—perhaps due to incompetence rather than malice—a number of journalists seized on the news to suggest Trump was personally responsible for the tragic loss of life.
NBC News correspondent Heidi Przybyla, in a series of since-deleted tweets, said the deaths were the result of “the crossfire” between Iran and the United States, a term that (falsely) suggests the U.S. military was actively firing at targets inside Iran. CNN analyst Susan Hennessey similarly mourned the loss of those “killed in the crossfire of reckless escalation.”