The anti-religious message from a New York tabloid, after the mass shooting in California, has triggered a backlash of criticism.
"God Isn't Fixing This," declared the front-page headline of the New York Daily News a day after Muslim Syed Farook and his wife gunned down 14 people in San Bernardino at a Christmas party.
The newspaper printed the headline with quotes of politicians praying. The intention was to claim the public officials were hiding behind "platitudes" instead of ending the "gun scourge."
"Obviously they're saying that prayers mean nothing unless you pass liberal legislation," responds Tim Graham of media watchdog Media Research Center.
After reading that headline, Graham tells OneNewsNow he expected a backlash against the left-leaning newspaper.
"And what we saw instead," he says, "was the news media picked it up and said, Powerful, this is a powerful argument. This is something else."
He calls that reaction a shock, because it suggests the media doubts that its readers and its audience don't believe in prayer.
In a commentary about the headline, National Review columnist Jonah Goldberg pointed out that others had made similar statements, whom he described as "smug liberal ghouls."
One of them was Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten who wrote, "Dear ‘thoughts and prayers’ people: Please shut up and slink away. You are the problem, and everyone knows it."
The New York Daily News, Goldberg wrote, "got caught up in this frenzy of sneering sanctimony and condescension."
And it wasn't just the media that jumped on that message. The Daily Caller noticed that U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, wrote that "thoughts" should be about stopping the "carnage" and "prayers" should be "for forgiveness if you do nothing - again."
California has famously restrictive firearms laws, and the ATF reported Friday that the semi-automatic rifles used in the San Bernardino shooting were illegally modified despite those laws.