ABC, CBS, NBC Ignore FRC Shooter Corkins's August 22 Indictment
"A grand jury indicted Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, of Herndon, Va., on a federal charge of interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, and two District of Columbia offenses: assault with intent to kill while armed and possession of a handgun during a crime of violence," reported CBS News and the Associated Press yesterday shortly after 5 p.m. Eastern. CBSNews.com carried the story in the "daily blotter" section of its Crimesider feature. "Corkins' parents told investigators that he was a supporter of gay rights, and he said he didn't agree with the FRC's politics before the shooting, according to the documents," the article added.
Yet last night's CBS Evening News completely ignored the story, as did ABC's World News and NBC's Nightly News. The August 23 editions of those networks' morning shows also ignored the story. A search of our DVR recordings also found no mention of the indictment on the ultra-liberal, fervently pro-gay rights MSNBC network. John Berman of CNN's Starting Point did briefly touch on the story in the 7:00 a.m. news brief:
Twenty-eight-year-old Floyd Lee Corkins is now facing a maximum of 55 years in prison if convicted in the family research council shooting. Prosecutors say he opened fire in the conservative group's D.C. headquarters last week. The building manager, you will remember, he was shot in the arm, but he still managed to wrestle the suspect to the ground. According to the criminal complaint, Corkins targeted the FRC because he didn't like its positions regarding the gay community.