The Media’s strange coverage of shooting at Family Research Council

John Lott by John Lott on August 22nd, 2012

This is article 339 of 557 in the topic Media
So why wasn’t there the nonstop coverage of the Family Research Council shooting?  From The Hill Newspaper:

The head of the Family Research Council accused the media Monday of ignoring the shooting last week at the group’s Washington headquarters because “it doesn’t fit the storyline.”

“It was stunning that most of the coverage, with the exceptions of just a few reports I saw over the weekend, were from Fox,” said Tony Perkins, the head of the conservative organization, in an appearance with the network.

Perkins went on to say other networks “ignored” the shooting — which wounded a security guard — because it broke with their preferred narrative.

“I think the reason is, it doesn’t fit the storyline,” Perkins said. “You know, it’s supposed to be conservatives who are angry, who are filled with hate. And that’s not the case.”

Authorities charged Floyd Corkins of Virginia last week with the shooting of the security guard. According to The Associated Press, Corkins was carrying Chick-fil-A sandwiches and ammunition in his backpack when he entered the organization’s lobby; the Family Research Council has opposed gay marriage, as has the fast-food chain’s president, Dan Cathy. . . .

The Media Research Center has this:

Neither NBC Nightly News nor CBS Evening News produced a full story on the FRC shooting, instead committing only 17 and 20 seconds respectively for anchor briefs that omitted the shooter’s motive. Only ABC World News produced a full report on this politically motivated act of violence. . . .

and this:

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin couldn’t find a motive behind the Family Research Council shooting, on Thursday afternoon – despite CNN having earlier reported that “politics” was involved in the shooting at the conservative organization.
“You know, who knows what really was the motive behind this particular individual Floyd Lee Corkins?” Baldwin wondered at 3:10 p.m. EDT, even though anchor Suzanne Malveaux stated at 1:31 p.m. EDT, “Witnesses say that Floyd Lee Corkins walked into the conservative group’s headquarters, told the security guard ‘I don’t like your politics,’ and then shot him in the arm.” . . .

and this:

Even after the shooting of a security guard at the Family Research Council, the Huffington Post can’t stop slamming the pro-family organization as a “hate group.” The Huffington Post waited less than 3 hours before publishing an article which complained about “the Family Research Council, which the Southern Poverty Law Center deems a hate group.” . . .

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