In one of the odder hashtag campaigns moving on Twitter (#NAACPbombing), black and liberal activists appear to be incensed at the lack of news coverage of an apparent bombing outside an empty NAACP office in Colorado Tuesday – and linking to articles in major newspapers to prove their point.
Does that make sense to anyone?
My hometown. Very scary – and widely unreported. #NAACPBombinghttp://t.co/yTaoUvhOJx
— Cait (@nolanolegal) January 7, 2015
It’s so widely unreported that the state’s largest newspaper covered it (and complaining Cait even linked to it.)
It’s so widely unreported that it made the “big story” on the local television news Tuesday.
It’s so widely unreported that the Los Angeles Times carried a full story even though Colorado Springs is 1,000 miles away — and the Washington Post managed to wring an entire article out of it by recapping previous violence against the NAACP going back to 1909.
The New York Times carried an Associated Press account, which should be good en0ugh for just about anyone, except for this grievance monger and his ilk.
This should be on the home page of the @nytimes website, but instead there’s an article about soup. #NAACPbombing http://t.co/tH9B8UqKSF — Elion Caplan (@elioncaplan) January 7, 2015
And all of this for what sounds like a big firecracker placed next to a gasoline can and sent off just before 11 o’clock in the morning that caused no injuries and minimum property damage. By any rational standard, that’s media overkill. But in the Obama Era of roiling discontent, it’s not enough.
… it is “peculiar” that mainstream media is being so quiet about the #NAACPBombing … and by “peculiar” I of course mean typical … — tamikabrown (@thafyneprynt) January 7, 2015
Just heard about yesterday’s #NAACPBombing. Scary that it happened & even scarier how little coverage there’s been: http://t.co/Xty7tgCZY6.
— Alyson Weiss (@AlysonWeiss) January 7, 2015
So actually, it’s gotten quite a bit of coverage. And as almost every one of the reports makes clear, the FBI is seeking a white man in connection with the apparent bombing attempt. He’s believed to be in his 40s and driving a white pickup truck.
Other than that, there really isn’t much more to report.
But that’s not what these activists are complaining about.
What’s really bugging them is that this nothing of a story didn’t make it to the national television news, and they’re miffed that they didn’t get to hear Scott Pelley at “CBS Evening News” intoning piously about how persecuted blacks are to this day in the United States and how we’re always just a step away from Jim Crow days coming back.
What they mean is they didn’t get the attention they’ve been getting since this whole dreadful experience of race relations in the United States really got going in August.
What they mean is that for once an event with racial overtones got pretty much the coverage it deserved instead of being blown up by sensational coverage into yet another “teachable moment” to tell us all what a lousy country this really is.
They’re complaining that an alleged bombing isn’t getting any press coverage, and they’ve got the press clippings to prove it.
Really, does that make sense to anyone?
No media when the bombing at the #Ferguson gas station was much bigger that at the NAACP beauty shop #NAACPBombing pic.twitter.com/MG5csM4vWm
— Barack Castro (@Marsellus666) January 7, 2015
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