ABC, CBS, and NBC completely ignored the horrific death threat issued to Republican Senator Rand Paul (KY) and his family during their evening broadcasts on Monday, even as the liberal media continue to pontificate about President Trump's supposed incitement of incivility across the country. Meanwhile, the same networks found ample time to discuss news of anti-Trump NBA star LeBron James moving to the L.A. Lakers.
Earlier that day, U.S. Capitol Police arrested a man who allegedly called Senator Paul’s Bowling Green office and threatened to “chop up” the Senator and his family with an axe. “Thank you to the US Capitol Police for their arrest of the man who recently threatened to kill my family and me,” Paul said in a tweet Monday afternoon, which left the networks plenty of time to put something together for their programs.
Thank you to the US Capitol Police for their arrest of the man who recently threatened to kill my family and me.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 2, 2018
The Senator spoke with local ABC affiliate WHAS11 on Monday where he revealed what happened and lamented the state of our politics:
Capitol Police have issued an arrest warrant for a man who threatened to kill me and chop up my family with an axe. So, I mean, it’s just horrendous that we’re having to deal with things like this — that on top of being attacked personally, having a very serious, life-threatening basically attack on my person, and then being shot at, I’ve had a year where it’s just becoming more and more aware that we have these real threats out there.
In a little more than a year, Senator Paul has had to deal with being shot at during the politically motived attack on the Congressional Republican baseball team practice, getting physically assaulted by a neighbor over an apparent lawn dispute, and now this.
Sen Rand Paul describes threat from man who he says claimed he would chop up the senator’s family w/ an axe. @RandPaul describes his thoughts w/ this happening months after being attacked in his yard & the baseball practice shooting. @WHAS11 pic.twitter.com/xx581BlFj7— Chris Williams (@chriswnews) July 2, 2018
This death threat blackout came after “[a] 33-year-old California man, Markara Man, was charged last week with threatening to kill FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's children,” according to Fox News. “Man was allegedly angry that the FCC voted to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules.” This case was also largely overlooked by the networks.
A year ago, the Media Research Center documented ABC’s and CBS’s utter omission of a shooting threat against the Tucson, Arizona office of Republican Senator Jeff Flake. At the time, NBC correspondent Kasie Hunt was the only network reporter to mention it.
“Outside of Republican Senator Jeff Flake's Tucson office, two people arrested,” Hunt said. “A staff member alleging one alluded to the shooting of Minority Whip [sic] Steve Scalise. Saying, quote: ‘You know how liberals are going to solve the Republican problem? They're going to get better aim.’”
Evidently, the liberal networks were more interested in the career of a professional athlete than the safety of a Republican politician and his family.