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Republican congressman goes on Twitter tirade against media during Arias verdict

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Patrick Howley
Political Reporter

Republican Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas offered a withering critique of the modern American media on Twitter Wednesday, shortly before Arizona woman Jodi Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder in the stabbing and shooting death of her onetime boyfriend.

“Right now Jodi Arias is regretting not killing an ambassador or Philadelphia infant,” Stockman tweeted shortly prior to the announcement of the verdict.

Stockman also re-tweeted approximately one dozen tweets criticizing the media’s coverage of the Arias verdict rather than the Benghazi hearings, the trial Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, and other issues.

“Gosnell murdered infants in Philly &no media coverage. We r distracted by sensationalism steered by media,” according to one tweet that Stockman retweeted.

“Hey , with coming to an end, how about reporting bigger cases, like ,” tweeted another.

When the Arias verdict is announced at 4:30PM ET, you can forget about the talking about anything else,” tweeted another.

Arias was found guilty late Wednesday afternoon for the killing of her late boyfriend Travis Alexander. Arias unsuccessfully argued that she killed Alexander in self-defense.

The intense media coverage leading up to the verdict prompted Rep. Stockman’s Network-like denunciation of media sensationalism and bias.

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