Showing their discontent for religious liberty and penchant for just being petty, the Thursday evening newscasts of ABC, CBS, and NBC refused to cover a Mississippi church burned to the ground Wednesday in an act of arson because they had sued to stay open. Instead, all three of them threw a hissy fit because President Trump wasn’t wearing a mask for part of his visit to a Ford factory, which was making ventilators.
The church arson did get airtime on Fox News Channel’s Special Report. As correspondent Doug McKelway reported: “Flames tore through the First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs, Mississippi Wednesday morning. A month earlier at the church had filed suit against the town challenging its restrictions on public gatherings.”
He added: “In the destroyed structure, misspelled graffiti reads, quote, ‘bet you stay home now, you hypocrites.”
It was a disgusting act of violence that the broadcast networks didn’t want to give any attention to, since they too were against reopening. They instead chose to be petty, bemoaning how Trump didn’t wear a mask in front of the press.
Framing the President’s visit as purely a campaign stop (they all did this), ABC chief White House correspondent Jon Karl whined about the tour on World News Tonight. “He [Trump] toured a Ford plant that’s now building ventilators. Maintaining social distance, but once again opting not to wear a mask, even as those around him did,” he huffed.
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After implying that Ford’s chief executive had to beg the President to wear a mask, Karl recalled: “The President has never been seen in public with a mask on, but he revealed he does have one. He said he wore it behind the scenes.”
Karl didn’t need to speak about it with the air of suspicion that he intoned, because a picture of him wearing a mask did exist and it was published by TMZ. CBS White House correspondent Weijia Jiang shared the image ahead of her whiny report, which was plagued with more technical difficulties:
WEIJIA JIANG: Norah, sources at Ford tell CBS News officials did everything they could to get the President to wear masks for the entire tour. He did put one on for a portion of it, which was caught on camera by somebody who was there. The visit quickly took a political turn, no surprise, since— [Silence]
[Technical glitch, the video began to play too early]
[Live] Michigan is a critical
–> — President Trump flaunted a face mask—
[Live] — that will play a key role in the President’s re-election campaign.
[Cuts to video]
President Trump flaunted a face mask to show he had the option of wearing one.
Jiang also boasted about how Michigan’s attorney general said wearing a mask was the law and would throw the book at Trump next time. But throwing the book, in this case, would be simply asking him not to go inside buildings.
Over on NBC Nightly News, White House correspondent Kristen Welker gave a seemingly half-hearted attempt to stoke the non-controversy. “The President flouting the company’s guidelines that require everyone to wear a mask, but said he did wear one during the private tour,” she told viewers.
She also didn’t seem to appreciate Trump’s reasoning for taking off. “I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” he told them.
All of that was wasted time when a targeted attack against religious liberty was on the table.
LifeNews Note: Nicholas Fondacaro writes for Newsbusters, where this originally appeared.