I was preparing a post about current events over the weekend, but never finished it. In that post, I was bringing up two points on top stories that I had not seen reported in the mainstream media:

  • The police officer involved in the shooting that resulted in the death of a teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, a few weeks ago came away from the incident with a “hamburger-face” complete with a fractured eye socket.
    • Bob Lonsberry, a local talk-radio host in the Rochester, NY metropolitan area reported on this just this morning, which is the first I had heard of any media coverage of the condition of the officer at all. I got my information from some old political friends of mine last Thursday.
  • The British have ID’d the killer of James Foley, the journalist beheaded on video by IS last week, as Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, also known as L Jinny or Lyricist Jinn (a former rap artist) in London.
    • Abdel Bary is the son of an Egyptian Islamist (alQaeda) who is incarcerated in NY for the bombing of the US embassy in Sudan in 1998.

These stories are important because they provide context to what appears to be world void of it. I look on CNN for these and find nothing. I look on Bloomberg, nothing. Ditto for ABC, MSNBC, Reuters, AP, etc… The only place I found the ID of James Foley’s killer is on USA Today, stuffed in the back. I had to search to find it.

I am sure people have their reasons for doing what they do, or in this case, not doing something they should. But I really wonder if whatever those reasons may be serve the public interest or if there are other motivations involved.

This is exactly why I have to resort of foreign news outlets nine times out of ten.