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.
Outside of broadcast, CNN and other outlets did provide substantive coverage of the incident, although mostly not front-page treatment. CNN sent a breaking news tweet last night and posted a story on its website. Local and regional outlets, NBC News, and the wire services have posted stories about it. And on Rachel Maddow’s website, a morning roundup by Steve Benen included the item.
The “improvised explosive device” detonated at the headquarters of the Colorado Springs, Colorado NAACP office Tuesday night. The makeshift bomb did not ignite a gas tank placed next to it, so it did not cause any injuries, and “only minimal surface charring to the exterior wall of the building.” But it could have been much more destructive had the bomb ignited, and sent a clear anti-civil rights message, although the FBI is investigating the motives behind the bombing and says domestic terrorism is still a possible motive.
Many on social media noted the minimal coverage of the incident, with the hashtag #NAACPBombing:
— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) January 7, 2015
Anyone else pissed they found out about the #NAACPBombing on twitter. And not from.ANY of the 24 news outlets?
— Davon Magwood (@davonmagwood) January 7, 2015
wait…there was an #NAACPBombing for real? man…thank god for social media cause i woulda never known otherwise. oh well *shrug*….right?
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) January 7, 2015
Tweets also suggest other major broadcast programs did not discuss the incident:
— asha bandele (@ashabandele) January 7, 2015
There were several other more violent incidents in the past 24 hours around the world, including the tragic shooting at Paris’ satirical weekly news outlet Charlie Hedbo, a suicide bomber at a police station in Istanbul that killed a police officer and injured another, and a car bomb in Yemen’s capital of Sanaa that killed dozens. But domestic news focused on a range of other issues, as Media Matters for America’s Oliver Willis points out:
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) January 7, 2015
On Wednesday evening, Chris Hayes covered the NAACP bombing on his prime time MSNBC show, “All In With Chris Hayes.” He devoted almost four minutes of air time to the news in a segment that included an interview with a Denver Post reporter.
MSNBC’s The Ed Show also aired a segment on the bombing Wednesday evening, featuring an interview with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Mark Potok on race and law enforcement.