Actually one (and only one) news outlet, Minneapolis-St. Paul ABC affiliate KSTP, has covered the stabbing, which appears to be a random act of violence. Other right-leaning sources, such as Jihad Watch and the Geller Report, have covered the story, but other outlets, including the Minneapolis papers, have remained mum.
So what is there about this story that has made it toxic to the mainstream media? Certainly, it couldn’t be the details of the crime itself. The victim, 26-year-old Morgan Evenson, was walking home from her job on a snowy day last December when a stranger suddenly lunged at her and began stabbing her.
Evenson told reporters that she struggled with her attacker, adding:
It was horrifying, because I could feel something that felt like it was stinging me, but it was him stabbing me. Doctor’s told me I had 14 wounds that needed stitches, including a lacerated kidney.
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I cannot imagine anyone attacking someone like that and as a woman it is especially frightening, but I knew I had to fight back and I want him to know I am OK and that he will be caught.
Police initiated a manhunt for the would-be killer that included interviews with homeowners in the area where the stabbing took place. A week later, KSTP ran a second story, this time including a composite of the attacker based on eyewitness testimony.
John Elder, a Minneapolis Police Department spokesperson, described the suspect as a Somali-American man in his early twenties, about 5-feet-7-inches tall with slight build. During the attack he was wearing green jacket and stonewashed jeans.
Could the man’s ethnicity be the reason the story has gone virtually unreported?