British journalist storms off news set over Orlando shooting motive

British journalist Owen Jones stormed off the set of Sky News in the UK over the 'downplaying' of an anti-LGBT motive in the Orlando massacre.

British journalist storms off news set over Orlando shooting motive

British journalist storms off news set over Orlando shooting motive

Jones, a Guardian columnist and prominent member of the LGBT community, walked off after insisting host Mark Longhurst and panellist Julia Hartley-Brewer deflected the anti-gay motives of shooter Omar Mateen.

"It is one of the worst atrocities committed against LGBT people in the western world for generations and it has to be called out as such,” he said.

"You don't understand this because you're not gay, OK.

"I just find this the most astonishing thing I’ve ever been involved in on television," he added.

Owen Jones is a Guardian columnist. Photo: Sky News

"If he’d [Mateen had] walked into a synagogue and massacred dozens of Jewish people, you wouldn’t be saying what you’re saying now.

"You would be talking about it as an anti-semitic attack."

Host Longhurst insisted the massacre, in which 50 people were shot dead and dozens more injured in a gay nightclub in Florida on Sunday, was carried out against "all human beings trying to enjoy themselves, whatever their sexuality".

Hartley-Brewer said: "I don't think you have ownership of horror of this crime because you're gay. I am not Jewish, I am not French, I am not gay, but I am still horrified."


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