On "All Things Considered," NPR's Ari Shapiro offered one of his normal press-release stories on the economic event, complete with six Obama sound bites and no mention of the Navy Yard shooting. At the end, GOP economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin offered a bit of criticism: "It really was a bare-knuckles political speech. It wasn't an economic speech, and it certainly wasn't the opening of a negotiation."
In the morning papers? The Washington Post reported the Nationals cancelled their evening baseball game, but offered nothing on Obama's "blistering warning" in the midst of the attack coverage. The Wall Street Journal had nothing. The New York Times story by Jackie Calmes and Michael Shear (placed at the bottom of page A-16) just recounted Obama's attacks without any mention of the Navy Yard. The story began: "President Obama on Monday seized on the fifth anniversary of the 2008 financial collapse to warn that House Republicans would reverse the gains made," and cause "economic chaos," and so on.
On MSNBC on Tuesday morning, Joe Scarborough called out his own network and the rest of the media. If President Bush had done this on the day of a mass shooting? "Mika would be killing George W., everybody here on this network would be killing George W., everybody at the New York Times would be killing George W. Every journalist in Washington, D.C. would be killing George W. It's unbelievable."
The Politico website was milder, with the headline "In tragedy's wake, President Obama finds tone a challenge." But Jonathan Allen and Jennifer Epstein expressed surprise that "he asked whether the GOP was willing 'to hurt people just to score political points,' even as victims were still being treated for actual wounds sustained in Monday's attack. Obama even knocked Washington -- the city under siege as he spoke -- for failing to find 'common purpose.'"
Politico reported the White House did get the message. Mrs. Obama predicted earlier in the day that the president would "shake his groove thing" at a Latin music event in the East Room on Monday night (for later airing on PBS), but that was postponed -- "out of respect for the victims and their families," the White House website announced.