Press calls pages from Nashville manifesto ‘EXTREMELY misleading.’ How would they know?

Selective outrage over Steven Crowder’s release of “EXTREMELY misleading” pages from the “Nashville manifesto” faced its own pushback as investigative focus turned to the leaker.

“Oh so they are legit.”

Monday, Crowder, the patriarch of the “Mug Club” umbrella of programming on Rumble, made headlines when his investigative operation, “Mug Club Undercover,” made available three pages attributed to the Nashville, Tennessee Covenant School killer.

Not only had Big Tech attempted to suppress the circulation of the documents that denoted the transgender-identifying killer’s desire to “kill all you little cr*ckers” and have “a high death count,” but officials and corporate media endeavored to shift the focus from the detailed plans, that led to the death of three children and three adults, to the leak itself.

NewsChannel 5 reported a few hours after “Louder with Crowder” aired, “The Nashville mayor’s office has confirmed they are working with Metro legal to determine how those images were released to anyone. We are working to update this story.”

Among the statements that were released throughout the day, Nashville Mayor Freddie O’Connell (D), a member of the Nashville Metro Council at the time of the March 27, 2023 murders, detailed, “I have directed Wally Dietz, Metro’s Law Director, to initiate an investigation into how these images could have been released. That investigation may involve local, state, and federal authorities. I am deeply concerned with the safety, security, and well-being of the Covenant families and all Nashvillians who are grieving.”

Doubt about the authenticity of the pages was all but swept away as the public reacted to focusing on the leak instead of why it had taken more than seven months any of the information to come out.

“That’s really not the question people want answered,” remarked columnist Karol Markowicz as someone else chimed in “Clearly more concerned with keeping them secret than informing the public!!!”

O’Connell’s stance was backed by Metro Nashville Police who released their own statement that said, “The MNPD is in communication with the Metropolitan Department of Law as an investigation, begun this morning, continues into the dissemination of three photographs of writings during and online discussion about Covenant School. The photographs are not MNPD crime scene images. The police department has been in contact with a representative of Covenant families. Police department counselors are available to assist them in coping with the emotional trauma caused by the dissemination.”

Additionally, Chief of Police John Drake sounded off, “I am greatly disturbed by today’s unauthorized release of three pages of writings from the Covenant shooter. This police department is extremely serious about the investigation to identify the person responsible. This action showed a total disregard for Covenant families, as well as the court system, which has control of the shooter’s journals at the present time due to litigation filed earlier this year. It is now pending in Davidson County Chancery Court and the Tennessee Court of Appeals. We are not at liberty to release the journals until the courts rule. Our police department looks forward to the ultimate resolution of the litigation concerning the journals.”

Meanwhile, on the media end, NewsChannel 5 chief investigative reporter Phil Williams griped about “MAGA keyboard warriors” as he contested that sources had relayed the murderer had detailed hate for other groups in pages as yet unseen by the public.

“Multiple sources have told me that the selective leak of three pages of the #CovenantSchool shooting ‘manifesto’ is EXTREMELY misleading. People who have read the whole thing say ‘there’s something in there for everybody.’ Another, ‘She hated everybody,'” he wrote and added, “This is why journalism organizations have argued for the release of the shooter’s writings so the conversation can be based on facts, not someone’s spin.”

In a telling statement on the potential political motivations to suppress the pages, the reporter further contested, “All of the #MAGA keyboard warriors are showing their ignorance of the fact that the Covenant School shooter initially targeted a mall, before picking a more-vulnerable Christian school. Which doesn’t fit the narrative that this crowd desperately wants to push.”

However, William’s remarks only further incensed and podcast Kyle Becker was among those asserting, “You’re going to regret making these tendentious narratives. You are only digging a hole now.”

With public demand for the release of the pages reignited Crowder promised more to come on Tuesday as he anticipated “hit pieces from left wing media saying we released the #NashvilleManifesto for clicks & clout.”


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