The first reports that came out about Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer, described him as a “right-wing, Christian fundamentalist.” Here’s how CNN reported the story on July 23, 2011:

A picture is emerging, gleaned from official sources and social media, of a right-wing Christian fundamentalist who may have had an issue with Norway’s multi-cultural society.

CNN never told us what these “official sources” were. Social media? The social media sites were probably repeating what they read from CNN. In reality, Breivik’s worldview is varied and muddled.

Soon after Jared Loughner’s shooting rampage in Arizona in January of this year, conservative talk radio, Sarah Palin, and the Tea Party were blamed. He has been identified as an atheist and a nihilist. Here’s how one report described him:

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