Kavanaugh Assassination Attempt Receives Zero Coverage on Weekend Network Shows

Last week’s assassination attempt on the life of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh received no coverage at all on the Sunday morning political news shows on ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN.

U.S. Marshals arrested Nicholas John Roske of California last Wednesday morning outside Kavanaugh’s Maryland home. Roske had called 911 to report he was experiencing suicidal thoughts and to essentially turn himself in to authorities as he was on the verge of completing his plan to assassinate the justice in his home.

Officers found a Glock 17 handgun, tactical knife, ammunition, pepper spray, zip ties, and a tactical chest rig in Roske’s backpack when he was apprehended. He told investigators that he had traveled to Maryland with the intention of killing Kavanaugh because of his apparent support of a leaked draft court opinion that indicates the court is prepared to overturn the 1973 abortion rights case Roe v. Wade.

To the extent that corporate media outlets covered the attempted murder case at all last week, the story was largely soft-pedaled with suggestions that both sides of the abortion debate have engaged in violent attacks.

As the Sunday morning shows came around, the only program to cover the story was “Fox News Sunday.” The other networks spent virtually all of their airtime covering the Thursday primetime orchestrated hearing of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand-picked January 6 Committee.

The committee’s presentation was produced by a former executive with ABC News and was a scripted event with dialogue provided by teleprompter.

The attempt on Kavanaugh’s life came after several weeks of aggressive rhetoric from Democratic lawmakers, operatives, and media pundits attacking the conservative justices for their alleged part in overturning Roe.

Abortion advocates have been persistently protesting directly outside of justices’ private residences in apparent violation of a federal criminal statute prohibiting such acts when done to intimidate or influence official acts. Joe Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland has shown no interest publicly in prosecuting any abortion advocates for violations of the law.

Kavanaugh has been targeted even more specifically than other justices, especially during his confirmation hearings following his nomination by President Donald Trump.

The draft opinion does not necessarily reflect what the final decision of the Supreme Court will be, as any of the justices could change their minds on how to vote on the case. The case is styled Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and the final decision could be issued any time until the end of the court’s current term around the end of this month.