The amnesia was so severe that when the Boston Marathon bombers killed three people in April, several journalists echoed Anna Palmer at Politico, who proclaimed, "President Barack Obama no longer has an unblemished record in stopping domestic terrorism." One of the Washington Post's Boston stories carried this headline: "After a decade of plots foiled or botched, one success." NPR talk-show host Diane Rehm said the Boston bombing "has been described as the second most lethal event since 9/11."
Two months before Boston, ABC broke from the mold by reporting a story on "World News" and "Nightline" that one of the heroic police officers Kimberly Munley, shot by Hasan, felt "used" and betrayed by President Obama.
Brian Ross reported that Munley and other victims filed a lawsuit against the government for its decision to deny injured soldiers a Purple Heart, since this was deemed "workplace violence." Ross added: "Recently retired Staff Sergeant Shawn Manning, who still has bullets lodged in his body, say that means lower priority veterans medical care and a loss of tens of thousands of dollars in benefits." Good for ABC. Coverage on CBS or NBC? Zero.
In May, Scott Friedman of the Dallas NBC affiliate KXAS reported that while Hasan's victims can't get the additional pay and benefits from that Purple Heart designation, Hasan is still drawing his military paycheck. He's been paid more than $278,000 since the shooting, when the Army could have suspended his pay after just seven days. NBC's national staff couldn't be bothered on that outrage. Neither could ABC or CBS.
Military prosecutors argued that granting Purple Heart awards to the victims would prejudice jurors in Hasan's trial because it might signal the government has recognized him as a terrorist and therefore already criminally culpable. Obama and his Pentagon appointees have faced almost zero public heat over this decision.
All of the delays and all of the media apathy to date suggest that the Hasan trial may get all of the broadcast TV attention that Kermit Gosnell's abortion trial attracted: next to nothing.
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