Omar Matten, the Islamist terrorist who shot up the gay Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida early Sunday morning killing at least 50 people and wounding 53 more, pledged allegiance to ISIS in a phone call to the newsroom of Bright House cable News 13 in Orlando the night of the attack according to the station.
Mateen reportedly spoke in English and Arabic during the call. News 13 said the station confirmed the phone number of the caller matched that of the one Mateen used to call 911 during the attack in which he also pledged allegiance to ISIS.
This appears to be the only reported call to a media outlet from Mateen, yet News 13 is downplaying the call. There is no report on the News 13 website save for an inaccurate one line non-descriptive mention in a timeline report.
“Update: 3:20 p.m.:
…”Mateen called the News 13 newsroom hours before the shooting at Pulse nightclub.”
On air, News 13 is burying the story of Mateen’s phone call to the station to the on-the-half-hour news and not leading at the top of the hour.
A phone call by The Gateway Pundit to the News 13 newsroom Sunday night brought a relayed message from the news manager that the station was not commenting on Mateen’s phone call.
Video exclusive: Omar Mateen called Orlando cable News 13 after attack, pledged to ISIS, station downplays. pic.twitter.com/xI0Fd4Hbf1
— Kristinn Taylor (@KristinnFR) June 13, 2016
Transcript (by Kristinn Taylor) of the report by anchor Marla Weech:
“…and after the shooting a person claiming to be the shooter called the News 13 newsroom and made the same statement about pledging allegiance to ISIS in English before speaking Arabic.
“News 13 has confirmation that the phone number on the caller ID matched the phone number of Omar Mateen.
“News 13 is working closely with investigators and with the FBI regarding that phone call.”