Several violent television news channels completely avoided the violent attack by a Democratic state senator on the Wisconsin State Capitol that took place on Tuesday night.
State Senator Tim Carpenter told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he was beaten after taking a photo of some of the protesters during a violent confrontation that led to the destruction of two statues.
“I don’t know what happened,” he told the newspaper. “All I did was stop and take a picture and the next thing I get is five, six punches, kicks to the head.”
Carpenter shared images showing two protesters running towards him trying to take his phone away from him while recording the assault, noting that “8-10 people” attacked him in total.
However, the assault on the Democratic lawmaker was not mentioned by MSNBC throughout Wednesday. Additionally, none of the three broadcast networks, ABC, CBS, and NBC, addressed the attack on morning or evening news programs.
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NBC News also avoided the topic on its website, while ABC News and CBS News published articles.
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Lack of coverage of the chaos in Madison falls short of the overwhelming coverage that all networks gave to armed protesters who gathered at the Michigan state capitol to protest the shutdown order during the coronavirus outbreak.
Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report.