CNN, NBC Mostly Ignore Armed Citizens Who Stop Mass Shooter

May 25th, 2018 11:35 PM

After news broke that, on Thursday, a gunman trying to perpetrate a mass shooting in Oklahoma City was stopped by two armed citizens who used their own guns against him, FNC has given the story a substantial amount of attention while ABC and CBS have also run full stories on the event.

But CNN barely touched the story, burying it between 4:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m Eastern in a couple of 25-second briefs Friday morning, while NBC and MSNBC have ignored it entirely.



Fox News Channel first began running briefs on Thursday night during Fox News at Night with Shannon Bream, and, on Friday, correspondent William La Jeunesse followed up by presenting several full reports through the day, including on Special Report with Bret Baier. In all FNC has spent almost 10 minutes on the story across three full reports and five briefs.

On CBS, both CBS This Morning and the CBS Evening News on Friday each devoted a full report of more than two minutes to the event, and ABC's World News Tonight gave it one and half minutes.

CBS correspondent David Begnaud recalled that the gunman arrived at a restaurant where a children's birthday party was being held and began shooting, injuring three. He then related an eyewitness account of two men who went back to their vehicles and retrieved handguns to confront the gunman. Begnaud: "Two armed civilians -- Bryan Whittle and Juan Carlos Nazario -- confronted the gunman. Police say they each grabbed a handgun from the trunk of their vehicles."

They ended up killing him when he refused to put down his gun.



As MSNBC totally ignored the story, host Stephanie Ruhle did find time for a brief about Parkland survivors trying to sue a gun manufacturer, as well as a full report on another school shooting in Indiana. But a story about armed citizens successfully fighting off a mass shooter was not considered newsworthy.