Reed Rips Anchor Over Comments On Scalise Shooting

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed is ripping CBS News’ Scott Pelley for statements made over last week’s shooting at the congressional baseball practice outside Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, Reed, R-Corning, issued a statement regarding Pelley’s Thursday evening segment in which he told viewers “It’s time to ask whether the attack on the United States Congress (Wednesday) was foreseeable, predictable, and, to some degree, self-inflicted.”

The shooting last Wednesday left U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, House Majority whip, with serious injuries. Two Capitol Police officers, a congressional aide and a lobbyist were also injured.

“For CBS News’ Scott Pelley to describe the brutal shooting of Congressman Scalise as ‘self-inflicted’ was beyond the pale and further proved that the mainstream media has completely lost any moral compass to guide its journalistic endeavors,” Reed said. “He should never be employed in the media again by any forum or entity.”

Pelley went on to say during Thursday’s segment that “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.” Pelley ended his tenure as evening anchor following Friday’s segment. He’ll be moving to “60 Minutes” full-time.

The shooter in last week’s attack was identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois. He died after an exchange of gunfire with police.

Within Reed’s statement, he called on Americans to unite against displays of insensitive arrogance that “I never thought I would experience in American media.”

“Mr≥ Pelley was scheduled to officially end his tenure as an evening anchor the next evening, but for those of us who care about human decency, the end of his time on air came a day too late,” Reed said. “Mr. Pelley should be ashamed of himself for doing the despicable deed of blaming the victim.”

CBS News hasn’t issued a statement in response to Reed’s criticism.

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