Three Muslim students were killed Tuesday in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and the media hardly seemed to care.
Nine hours after the attack, which occurred at 5 p.m. Eastern, there was little media coverage and no national coverage by major news organizations.
In other words:
Or, to put it another way:
While not yet confirmed by police, based on the shooter's social media posts and the victims' religion and race, many are already speculating the attack was a religiously motivated, Islamophobic hate crime.
Though a number of online publications have picked up and covered the story by Wednesday, most mainstream media organizations seem to have ignored the shooting. Considering the 24-hour news cycle and how quickly most news is disseminated, the slow speed with which the news broke is troubling.
As journalist Ben Norton wrote on his website, "In spite of all of the uncertainty, one thing is clear: If the victims had been white Christians, the story would have been on every channel and every news site. And if they had been white Christians murdered by a Muslim, the entire country would have gone on lock-down and we would hear about the attack non-stop for the next month."