Springs NAACP Bombing: No big deal?

(It should be – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

POLS UPDATE: Think Progress notes the bizarre lack of coverage:

A bomb detonated at the Colorado chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) last night, but you may not have heard much about it. It appears that the major 24-hour cable networks gave the incident little to no air attention.

A ThinkProgress search of television databases suggests CNN gave one cursory report on the incident at 6:34 a.m., while MSNBC and Fox News appear to have not mentioned the incident on air since it happened. Other networks, including Headline News, (HDLN) mentioned the incident in the morning news.

ThinkProgress searched the database TVEyes and Critical Mention from Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon, using the terms, “NAACP,” “colored people,” and “bomb” along with “Colorado.” It found only one mention on CNN, at 6:34 a.m., in the course of what appeared to be a scheduled interview on community-police relations. The incident was mentioned when the interviewer asked former NYPD officer and Secret Service agent Dan Bongino whether he thought the bomb in Colorado could be “seen as retaliatory” and Bongino said it was possible. Representatives from CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News did not respond to ThinkProgress inquiries on their coverage of the bombing.


This thing is not quite getting the coverage we should expect from a local terrorist act during days of increased racial tension and numerous incidents of Police v. Public. Oh yeah, it's not considered terrorism if a white guy does it. The non-stop verbal attacks on the President, people of color, the "news" of Republicans who like to hang out with Klansmen are considered by most to be background noise, if they are considered at all.

In a time when racial tensions in our country appear to be growing, the troubling nature of this act of domestic terrorism should be blatantly obvious, but the lack of mainstream media coverage of the bombing for most of Tuesday morning, afternoon, and night was downright disturbing. CNN released its first piece about the bombing a full 16 hours after it happened, and the incident wasn't mentioned on national nightly news broadcasts.

But I think we can say for pretty-darned-sure that the bile does have an effect when it's spread so freely, so regularly, so casually. How can it not? Listen to Savage, Randall, Beck, Hannity, Rush and Rosen for a day if you can. Then imagine those who listen all day, every day. 

We can be thankful that this moron didn't know how to make something more destructive.

We can assume he'll be arrested peacefully, without incident, given all the protections available.

We can assume it'll be forgotten by the time of the Super Bowl and we can carry on with business as usual, where an aggrieved White Guy felt his best option for Tuesday was to bomb the local NAACP offices.

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  1. rathmone says:

    The Gazette's piece includes a statement from Lamborn, who goes out of his way not to call it terrorism.

    U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn was following the situation from his office in Washington and expressed thanks that there were no injuries.

    "I'm thankful that none of the volunteers or employees of the Colorado Springs NAACP were injured in today's apparent bombing," he said in an email to The Gazette. "I hope that the FBI investigation is able to swiftly apprehend the people responsible for this act of violence and intimidation."

    Read more at http://gazette.com/fbi-looking-for-man-regarding-explosion-near-colorado-springs-naacp-office/article/1544124#pqAAbGiAuPWqvZV0.99


  2. Zappatero says:

    In related news, Mitch McConnell lies, of course, about Obama's response to the Paris attacks.

    There's the Fox News World (kinda like Westworld) where these things take place….then there's the real world we all inhabit that is terrorized by the ignorance and mendacity of Lamborn, McConnell and their media organs. (There's probably a better word than that …. it'll come to me 3 hours from now….)

    The perp probably either voted for Lamborn or considers him too liberal…..

    • mamajama55 says:

      These people advocate assassination and contempt for the President,

      advocate "armed revolt for freedom", disseminate all kinds of disinformation about brown-skinned people being dangerous, and yet they are always so surprised when their ceaseless, violent, racist propaganda bears the fruit one would expect.

      They are "pro-police", yet ignore or justify crimes perpetuated by whites against minority people.

  3. Duke Cox says:

    My wife and I, while waiting for an auto repair, were killing time sitting in a little deli in Panama City Beach. As is all too often our experience, the joint had Fox noise on the TVs. We had to listen to Parker Carlson, Liz Cheney, and Lindsay Graham, all trying to find a way to implicate President Obama as a cause of this murderous attack in Paris.
    their bottom line is that it is his fault because we don’t “interrogate” prisoners any more, he is trying to close Guantanamo, and because he is cutting and running in Afghanistan.
    It was a good thing we didn’t order any food…
    I would have been embarrassed to throw up at the table where we sat.

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