GOP lawmaker: Pelley should be banned from media after Scalise comments

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Pointing out that “the Mainstream Media has completely lost any moral compass to guide its journalistic endeavors,” Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) stated on Monday that news anchor Scott Pelley “should be ashamed of himself” for suggesting that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s shooting might have been “to some degree, self-inflicted.”

“For CBS News’ Scott Pelley to describe the brutal shooting of Congressman Scalise as ‘self- inflicted’ was beyond the pale,” said Reed in a statement.

Reed’s comments came after the CBS Evening News anchor officially ended his tenure at the network on Friday, leaving these parting words: “It’s time to ask whether the attack on the United States Congress Wednesday was foreseeable, predictable and, to some degree, self-inflicted. Too many leaders, and political commentators, who set an example for us to follow, have led us into an abyss of violent rhetoric which, it should be no surprise, has led to violence.”

Calling Pelley’s commentary “despicable,” Reed noted that the anchorman’s departure from CBS’ Evening News came a day too late.

“Mr. Pelley should be ashamed of himself for doing the despicable deed of blaming the victim. He should never be employed in the media again by any forum or entity,” said Reed.

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