Imagine a volunteer for the Family Research Council marching into some gay group’s headquarters with a gun, and after shouting his opposition to the homosexual agenda, open[s] fire and wound[s] a guard before being subdued. Never mind evening news. This would be breaking news! And for days there would be seemingly endless coverage of continued conservative hatred.
You know from the moment you see it where this article from Brent Bozell is going: the media only reports what it, in its slanted and biased worldview, is worth reporting.
The shooter in Aurora called forth—and still does—endless reams of coverage and the predictable responses about the need for gun control. The Sikh shooting added to the fray and raised the noise to nearly unbearable levels.
But the Family Research Council shooting? Please. As Bozell notes:
Another hate crime, but this time against, perhaps, the pre-eminent pro-family organization in America. CBS gave the story 20 seconds. NBC spent 17 seconds.
The incident didn’t have any of the media’s checkpoints: the attacker was queer—oops, sorry, “gay,”—the group is conservative, its agenda is highly regarded in favorable light by a majority of the American people, the guard was armed (oh no!) and was able to stop the attack and the attacker before things got really ugly. You get the idea. There was nothing there to hang their collective (I use that word deliberately) hats on. So they ignored it.
Instead, they went on about their business of emphasizing things that fit:
One can easily imagine how the national media elite justify their decision to spike the story: No one was killed or in danger of dying. There are dozens of shootings a day in the D.C. area; this is just one more. We have more important things to cover.
Both CBS and NBC spent more than two minutes promoting team Obama’s “DREAM Act” amnesty for students. NBC devoted two minutes and 45 seconds to a Chelsea Clinton story on orphaned baby elephants in Africa.
Just another example of media bias, as if another one is needed.