It seems like it would be difficult to write a 1,000-plus-word article on the deadliest shooting rampage in recent U.S. history and make no mention of the killer's motivations and allegiances.
The Washington Post, however, found a way.
On Monday, the one-year anniversary of a shooting spree at a popular nightclub in Orlando, Fla., the paper published a retrospective titled, "A year ago, 49 people died at Pulse nightclub. Today, Orlando remembers."
The 1,036-word report detailed the events preceding the deadly June 12, 2016, shooting, which claimed the lives of nearly 50 people and left another 58 severely wounded.
The Post article went to great lengths detailing the immediate aftermath of the massacre, and it also profiled the man responsible for the killing, 19-year-old security guard Omar Mateen.
However, the report made exactly zero mention of the shooter's ideology or the fact that he claimed he was motivated by the Islamic State, the fanatic terrorist organization that has marauded across the Middle East.
"I pledge allegiance to [Islamic State leader] Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may God protect him, on behalf of the Islamic State," Mateen said in a 911 call made shortly after he carried out his twisted mission.
The shooter also published a note on Facebook pledging his allegiance to ISIS.
Words like "terrorism," "terror" and "ISIS" are absent from the report, as noted by the Washington Free Beacon's Alex Griswold. The term "Islamic State" can be seen once in the story as it appears online, but the term is used only in a photo caption and not the report itself.
Though the Post couldn't be bothered to mention in its Pulse retrospective the fact that Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS, the paper did, however, find the space to bemoan gun violence in America.
The article stated, "By the end of the night, more than 1,000 people had gathered to remember what happened last June, when Orlando became the first U.S. city of the summer—before Falcon Heights, Minn., and Baton Rouge and Dallas—to be upended by gun violence."
Well, OK then.
Expecting that an anniversary piece on the Pulse nightclub shooting would include something about Mateen's motivations, and the role extremism played in the deadliest shooting rampage in recent American history, is apparently expecting too much.
But you can always count on some information about gun violence in the states. At least we have that consistency.