According to Deadline, Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star was shattered this morning by a vandal dressed as a construction worker. But the morning shows failed to report the news.
Although Trump’s star has been defaced multiple times this year, this is the first instance of heavy damage. Jamie Otis smashed the star early Wednesday morning when Hollywood Boulevard was nearly empty. When Deadline interviewed him, Otis revealed that he had planned to remove the star and auction it; however, after taking a beating, the star was pulverized.
This campaign season has seen many acts of vandalism, including the recent firebombing of a Republican Party office in Hillsborough, NC. In NBC coverage of the incident, reporters quickly shifted to campaign violence directed against Clinton supporters rather than focusing on the charred GOP office.
The question remains – how would the media respond if the Clinton library had been damaged? Let’s just say the silence probably wouldn’t be so deafening.
10/27 Update: Both CBS and NBC mentioned the vandalism on Wednesday's evening shows, although the tone was not condemning. ABC never mentioned the incident.