A person suspected of mailing 13 defective pipe bombs to Democrats who spoke ill of Donald Trump or worse (think Maxine Waters’s incitement) is now in police custody. A number of questions about this week-long fright show are yet to be answered, including how Cesar Sayoc’s packages managed miraculously to travel through the U.S. postal system without being postmarked or the stamps being canceled:
But ultimately, no one was harmed, and Americans can exhale and return to business as usual.
Which for the mainstream media includes politicizing the story to the fullest extent of the news. A short time ago, NBC News published an article with the headline “Pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc is a registered Republican and a Trump fan with a criminal record.”
The descriptions are not entirely false, but they are misleading. Worse yet, they betray NBC’s willingness as a news agency merely to scratch the surface and leave it at that.
If the network’s investigators had bothered to look a little deeper into Sayoc’s political affiliations, they might have found his now-scrubbed bio on MyLife, a social reputation scoring site (h/t Dean Garrison, DC Dirty Laundry), which identifies him as a Democrat.
An examination of his Twitter page, also since deleted, would have revealed some unusual preferences for a “Trump fan.” Note from the compilation below that he followed Barack Obama, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, John Oliver, Ellen DeGeneres, Lena Dunham, and CNN Breaking News.
It’s also worth highlighting one of the more prominent Twitter users he didn’t follow: Donald Trump. In fact, he didn’t follow a single conservative on social media. Shouldn’t NBC News be even mildly curious about this seeming contradiction?
Or about the van cum Trump tribute that Sayoc drove? As Mike Adams notes at DC Clothesline:
The van wrap images look pristine, brand new, as if they’ve never even sat in the Florida sun. There isn’t a single sign of any of these images fading or peeling, and there are no signs of any vandalism carried out against the van.
What’s more, the stickers are a direct violation of Florida driving laws:
No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any sign, poster, or other non-transparent material upon the front windshield, sidewings, or side or rear windows of such vehicle which materially obstructs, obscures, or impairs the Driver’s clear view of the highway or any intersecting highway.
How did Sayoc manage to tool around in this vehicle without getting pulled over? And why isn’t NBC News interested in knowing?