Call it news event as Rorschach test.
It was only about 10:50 a.m. on Sunday, and very little was known about exactly what had happened in Orlando -- the death toll was still being given as 20 people -- but that didn't seem to stop politicians and pundits from making some definitive statements, often in highly partisan terms.
If you favored gun control, this was further evidence of the legislative failures to stop slaughter. If you were wary of Muslims, this was an opportunity to paint an entire faith as terrorists. If you supported gay rights, this was a hate crime targeting the LGBT community.
In too many cases, news outlets were busy amplifying the politics of blame. "This is not a hate crime," Sebastian Gorka, a counter terrorism expert, said on Fox News. He demanded that President Obama must "stop the political correctness" in a response that hadn't yet been made. What happened in Orlando was clearly "part of a military assault," implicating forces of global jihad.