Five days have gone by with nary a peep from major news outlets.
A Google News search for foster + barton returns just 4 results.
F-O-U-R. 1 .. 2 .. 3 .. 4. The non-coverage is just stupefying.
2 of these are from local television stations. 1 in Ohio, 1 in Florida. The other 2 are from conservative news sites.
What is up with that?
This is a compelling story: soldier who defends 1st amendment rights attacked by antiwar protestor.
Ack! Who am I kidding? The storyline would need to be "soldier cowardly attacks antiwar protestor".
Now that would get coverage, right? Silly me.
Although "man bites dog" is the preferred angle for news media (especially broadcast media), I don't buy that the non-coverage is because this is a "dog bites man" story.
They just don't give a damn .. not even, apparently, FOXNews.
If not for us bloggers, this story would have died at the local level .. and within a day at that.
PFC Barton is doing well. He has since had two doctor appointments and has fielded dozens of emails and phone calls, to include a call from Toby Keith's manager to coordinate a time that Keith and PFC Barton can talk.
For Toby Keith this is personal. Anyone who knows anything about Toby Keith knows that if he had been in that parking lot, PFC Barton's attacker would now be receiving his meals through a straw.
Still no word on the attacker, although police interviewed a woman who witnesses said was with the coward at the time the attack took place. The woman denies knowing the coward.