News Blackout on Family Research Council Shooting?

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By Francis Wilkinson

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins told Fox News that a shooting last week at his group's Washington headquarters has mostly been ignored by non-Fox media. I'm no fan of the FRC's dehumanization crusade against gays, but Perkins has a point.

If news reports are accurate, the shooter walked into the FRC building lobby, told a security guard, “I don’t like your politics,” and shot him in the arm. That's a more explicitly political shooting than either the Aurora movie theater or Gabby Giffords shootings -- albeit without the mass casualties.

If the politics were different, if a right-winger had shot a lobby guard downstairs from the Human Rights Campaign or from the National Abortion Rights Action League, would the coverage be different?

(Francis Wilkinson is a member of the Bloomberg View editorial board. Follow him on Twitter.)

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-0- Aug/20/2012 19:23 GMT