The New York Times took a lot of grief for describing Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the man who killed more than 80 in a “truck crash” in Nice, France, as a “surly misfit with no terror links.” Not only that; he “never went to the local mosque” and had “no record of radicalization.”

Obviously, many were curious how the New York Times would characterize the 18-year-old who killed 9 and wounded nearly 30 during an attack on a mall in Munich, Germany, on Friday. This kid was no surly misfit; he was a “quietly troubled young man” who “grew up in a secular household,” said the New York Times on Saturday. Salon too emphasized that the shooter was “not at all religious.”

The shooter has been identified by the BBC as David Ali Sonboly, or “Ali David Sonboly, or David S,” while the New York Times reports “he was known to everyone as Ali.” Glad that’s cleared up.

German police say that Sonboly had no terrorist ties; however, considering that the New York Times said the same thing about the Nice terrorist, skepticism isn’t out of place. On Friday, of course, police themselves said there was an “obvious” link between the attack, a rise in right-wing nationalism, and the fifth anniversary of Anders Breivik’s murder of 77 people in Norway.

While Breivik, though, was dedicated to stopping Muslim immigration to Europe, Sonboly was the son of two immigrants from Iran seeking asylum in Germany in the late 1990s.

Think Progress reports that mass violence in Western Europe is largely perpetrated by people with “deep ties” to Europe, citing the Nice and Brussels terror attacks as examples — though political and religious extremism can certainly take priority over citizenship.

Police and the media both insist the attack was not driven by Islamic extremism, and the New York Times puts much of its focus on anecdotes that Sonboly was bullied at school. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said that Sonboly had “researched” the Breivik attack, which somewhere along the media pipeline became, “was obsessed with/idolized Breivik.”

What we’ve learned from the media is not to trust the media, and that’s unfortunate.

The following isn’t a bad theory, considering the teen who attacked train passengers in Germany fled the scene, but instead of making a run for it stopped to attack a pair of women walking a dog, at which point he was shot.

One thing is certain; the media that is usually so quick to caution against jumping to conclusions ran pretty quickly with the assumption by German authorities that there were multiple shooters in Munich, most likely right-wing extremists angry over mass immigration.