Where’s the media?

Tom pointed out to me this morning that there didn’t seem to be a single bit of mainstream media news about Friday night’s Crystal City armed standoff. This isn’t 100% true – it made the 11pm channel 4 news that night, but there’s no sign of it on NBC4.com Similarly there’s no mention on washingtonpost.com that I can find either.

This amazes me. About a quarter-mile of street was shut down for about four hours on Friday, over a dozen machine-gun toting S.W.A.T. officers and who knows how many cops were in attendance and the whole thing concluded with gunfire, albeit a tactical non-fatal (we think!) shot from a police sniper.

And if you weren’t there or don’t know someone who was… it may as well have not even happened.

As someone who’s a dyed-in-the-wool skeptic, if I read an allegation of anything less obvious than “the sun came up this morning” on the web and it’s not corroborated anywhere else I just assume it’s baloney. By my own standard, none of you should believe what I wrote. So this leaves me bordering on shaken – our paper of record makes no mention of an incident this high-profile? What else happens around town that we don’t hear about?

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


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