Holocaust Museum Shooting Attack Is Not News at Fox

Ali Frick at Think Progress has a very interesting piece about Bill O’Reilly’s dismissive attitude toward the terrorist shooting incident at the Holocaust Museum yesterday (emphasis in original):

Last week, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly went on a tirade against CNN for supposedly failing to cover the shooting of Pvt. William Long, an Army recruiter in Arkansas. Of course, O’Reilly’s claims were blatantly false — but that didn’t stop him from claiming to be “shocked” that he “can’t find any information about” the shooting in the mainstream media.

Exactly one week later, after a white supremacist shot and killed a security guard at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, O’Reilly never covered the shooting on his show. In fact, the only mention of the act of domestic terrorism came in a segment that, ironically, decried the media’s inadequate coverage of Long’s death:

O’REILLY: But the central question remains according to a new Pew study, the American media spent far more time on the murder of Tiller than on the murder of Private Long. … 10 to 1 the Pew study which was released yesterday, 10 to 1 more coverage. I mean, come on, come on.

[...]

O’REILLY: All right. Now, we had a murder today at the Holocaust Museum in D.C.

HENICAN: That was an awful case. Awful.

O’REILLY: Now, this is an 89-year-old anti-Semite bigot kills an innocent guy in the Holocaust Museum. OK? Now, what about the newsworthiness of this? … Is it as newsworthy as Private Long?

Additionally, Frick points out that Fox News in general has been either ignoring or downplaying yesterday’s attack.

The obvious question is why? Normally, far right news outlets like Fox would be all over stories about terrorist incidents that involve specifically Jewish targets.

Could it be that Fox’s outrage over anti-Semitic attacks has more to do with the ethnicity of the attacker than the ethnicity of the victim?

Author: KATHY KATTENBURG

4 Comments

  1. I understand that Faux Noise has played down the attack. I'm pretty sure their reasons aren't benevolent. But there is some inadvertent wisdom there. Monkey see, monkey do. I'll come back to that theme in the future. Some of the monkeys have rabies and its best not to get a social contagion going..

  2. “Could it be that Fox’s outrage over anti-Semitic attacks has more to do with the ethnicity of the attacker than the ethnicity of the victim?”

    dingdingding!

  3. It's got nothing to do with ethnicity. The left has been using the museum shooting to bring back DHS's home-grown terrorism report from April. At the time the right called for Napolitano's resignation for daring to include warnings over potential radicalization and recruitment of anti-government extremists (including ex-military).

    Of course the report was apparently correct. Fox, a major contributor to the criticism against DHS at the time, understandably wants to stack their reporting against supporting the report's conclusions.

  4. I just went to the Fox News site and the Holocaust Museum story is the featured story in “U.S. News.” Looks like they are really downplaying it.

    I thought this was the Moderate Voice, not the Leftist Voice. But with the ridiculous characterization of Fox News as “far right,” and actually taking intellectually dishonest hacks like Ali Frick seriously, it's kind of difficult to tell.

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