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To Report Or Not To Report, A Case Of Selective Coverage

Rand Paul is a Republican Senator, the Junior Senator from Kentucky, and was threatened in the vilest possible manner.

The threats included:

“gut you like a hog” and leave “your kids bowels splayed out across floor blood spattered on the door as you lay dead” as well as threatening to “hack to pieces” the official and his daughters.

This was widely reported by the mainstream media.

Then the police tracked down the alleged perpetrator and here is how the mainstream media covered it, as of 2 PM (1400) today.

In other words, there was no mainstream coverage.

Finally, late in the day, as at 1730,

I dropped the name of the alleged perpetrator, “Nathanial Blaine Luffman”, into Google News and found that not one mainstream outlet picked up this story, as of 1400. The only things that looked remotely mainstream was the East Bay Times of San Francisco and Fox News. InfoWars is a conspiracy site.

Everything else was alt-right or  a Neo-nazi site- Storm Front.

It probably has something to do with the fact that the “alleged” perpetrator is from Berkely, the heart of liberalism in the US.

Why the huge delay in reporting for the mainstream media?  Why the initial avoidance?