Cable News Has Been Eerily Silent About Alleged Assault of Breitbart Reporter


In the span of the past day, a Fox News host and an MSNBC host have made basically the same observation:

So would someone like to explain to me why cable news has been eerily silent about allegations that Donald Trump‘s campaign manager forcibly grabbed Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields?

There has been, as of this posting, an unbelievable silence on cable news over this. An examination of Breitbart and Fields’ name on the media monitoring service TVeyes has shown exactly zero mentions since the alleged assault took place. The only mention of Breitbart on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC since it happened was Bill O’Reilly briefly mentioning them in an unrelated discussion on Wednesday night.

Fields has already documented what happened, and a Washington Post reporter has backed up her account in disturbing detail:

I watched as a man with short-cropped hair and a suit grabbed her arm and yanked her out of the way. He was Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s 41-year-old campaign manager.

Fields stumbled. Finger-shaped bruises formed on her arm.

“I’m just a little spooked,” she said, a tear streaming down her face. “No one has grabbed me like that before.”

She took my arm and squeezed it hard. “I don’t even want to do it as hard as he did,” she said, “because it would hurt.”

This happened Tuesday night. Fields’ boyfriend, The Daily Caller’s Jamie Weinstein, tweeted it out on Tuesday night. Plenty of online outlets, Mediaite included, have picked up the news since then. Where the hell has cable news been?

It’s not like cable news has been reticent to speak out when reporters have felt unsafe at Trump rallies before. After an NBC News reporter tweeted out the verbal abuse she received at a Trump rally, various major news people tweeted their serious concerns.

Is the silence because Fields works for Breitbart, given its reputation as a pro-Trump outlet? I’m not crazy about that site either, but in a list of questions I would have about a reporter who was allegedly manhandled by a leading presidential candidate’s campaign manager, “what outlet does she work for?” is not among the top five.

Now, there was one mention of Lewandowski on MSNBC this morning, by Joe Scarborough, in a favorable context:

“What’s so remarkable about Donald Trump’s campaign unlike any other campaign in, I would say, modern American political history, is that Donald Trump has basically done it himself. He’s got Corey Lewandowski, who’s extraordinarily talented, he’s got Hope Hicks, who runs his operation, he’s got a couple of other people, but it is the most stripped-down…”

(Since then, Hicks has released a statement basically calling Fields a liar who likes to make herself the story.)

CNN this afternoon did an entire segment on the assault that took place at a Trump rally. One would think that would be an easy way to work Fields’ alleged assault into the discussion. But nope. Nada. Zip.

So seriously, I am honestly asking, in search of an actual answer: how come pretty much no one on TV has been talking about the fact that the Republican presidential frontrunner’s own campaign manager allegedly assaulted a female reporter? Leave your best guess in the comments below.

UPDATE –– 6:11 pm EST: Following the original posting of this column, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and Fox Business news have all at least mentioned the alleged assault. But as of now, it’s been only in brief segments and the fact that it’s taken over a day to even garner miniscule coverage speaks volumes.

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