For more than three days now, left-wing TV networks have refused to report on the politically-motivated killing of 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson, a conservative, by 41-year-old Shannon Brandt in North Dakota.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, Brandt hit the teenager with his car, reportedly due to a political disagreement, before driving off. Brandt admitted to police that the collision was a deliberate attack, and that he had been motivated by Ellingson’s political affiliation. According to court documents, Ellingson called his mother twice and asked her to pick him up, saying that someone was chasing him. By the time she arrived to collect her son, Brandt had already run him down and left the scene.
A review of news coverage on leftwing broadcast (ABC, CBS, and NBC) and cable (CNN and MSNBC) outlets revealed that none of these networks have given the attack even one second of airtime. Both Fox News and Newsmax covered the incident on Tuesday evening during the 7 p.m. Eastern hour.
In the current media environment where concerns over political violence are remarkably high, this silence from the establishment news media is deafening.
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It really does look like their refusal to cover the attack is because of both Brandt’s and his victim’s politics. Brandt claimed Ellingson was a “Republican extremist,” echoing language used by President Biden during recent a speech, in which he declared Trump voters were an extremist threat to the nation.
Meanwhile, CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett has been writing political fanfiction featuring Republicans violently murdering Democrats. If Garrett gets a free moment in between TV interviews plugging his new book, here’s an opportunity for him to report on a politically motivated killing that actually happened.