Journalist Owen Jones Storms Off Set As TV Hosts Refuse To Characterize Orlando Shooting As Attack On LGBTs

Out journalist Owen Jones stormed off a Sky News broadcast after the show’s hosts attempted to downplay the nature of the Orlando nightclub shooting as an attack on gay people.

From The Telegraph:

The 31-year-old said he could not understand why the massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida that left at least 50 people dead was not being described as “the worst atrocity committed against LGBT people in the western world for generations”.

He clashed with Sky News Press Preview host Mark Longhurst and co-guest Julia Hartley-Brewer over the gunman’s motives and whether or not the deadliest mass shooting in US history should be called a homophobic attack, rather than a religiously-motivated assault.

After several minutes of noticeable on-air tension on Sunday night, an exasperated Jones took off his microphone and walked off the set, saying: “I’m going home.”

There were several similar moments like this yesterday with elected officials like Florida Gov. Rick Scott who, in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, could not bring himself to say the shooting in Orlando was focused on LGBTs.