by B. Christopher Agee, Western Journalism
In the days since a tragic shooting killed nine parishioners at a Charleston, SC, church, national media outlets have seized on a peripheral conversation about the display of a Confederate flag near the state’s Capitol building.
Several reports surfaced Wednesday, shortly after slain Pastor Clementa Pinckney’s body was laid in honor inside the Capitol, pointing out that his casket was carried past that Confederate flag on the way to the viewing. While some reporters obviously saw this development as newsworthy, recent information indicates Pinckney supported the Confederate flag’s display at the Statehouse.
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