Earlier this week, I wrote about the failure of most of the "mainstream" corporate press to inform the broader public of Chick Fil-A's financing of reactionary anti-gay hate groups. This financing was the basis for liberal activists' objections to the company but the narrative far too often--and lazily--proffered by most of the press was that these activists were merely upset by Chick Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's boneheaded remarks about marriage. This misrepresentation, carefully manipulated by the likes of Fox News personality Mike Huckabee, fueled the backlash that led to "Chick Fil-A Appreciation Day." When the Chick Fil-A matter exploded into prominence, lefty press watchdog Media Matters For America flayed Fox News for concealing the source of the activists' anger but gave the rest of the national press--much of it just as guilty of exactly the same obfuscation--a pass, failing to offer a single article taking to task any other press outlet.
The Family Research Council, just subject to an apparently politically motivated attack Wednesday, was just one of the groups financed by Chick Fil-A and after the shooting, one would hope the corporate press would finally take the opportunity to apprise the larger public of exactly what the FRC does that would make it so objectionable that someone would want to take a gun to its headquarters and start shooting.
One would hope.
For the most part though, it's just been more of the same, from both the press and from MMFA.
On the day of the attack, the shooting was covered on the evening news broadcasts of all three major networks but the coverage was scant, and uniformly featured characterizations of the FRC that veered from inappropriate innocuity to proactively misleading. NBC Nightly News identified the FRC only as a "conservative lobbying group." The CBS Evening News noted only that the FRC was "a conservative Christian lobbying group." ABC's World News Tonight, which had the most detailed coverage, described the FRC as "a powerful conservative group", as "a powerful conservative organization", as "one of the nation's best known conservative groups on family issues" and as an organization that "promotes conservative Christian values on issues like abortion and gay rights." And just for good measure, ABC reporter Pierre Thomas threw in this...
"Sources say the suspect had material from fast food giant Chick-fil-A in his bag but it was unclear whether today’s incident has any connection to the recent controversy over gay marriage. The chain’s owner recently set off a political firestorm saying he opposed gay marriage."
...reinforcing that earlier misrepresentation of activist anger over Chick Fil-A. Viewers are left, by such reports, with the impression that someone merely wanted to shoot up a group of conservative Christians. From Thomas's report, it sounds as if the shooter may have been looking for revenge for Dan Cathy's comments about marriage!
The coverage offered the incident on ABC's Good Morning America the next day made this last even worse. Anchor Josh Elliot opened the segment on the incident like this:
"ABC News has confirmed the alleged gunman, Floyd Corkins, was a volunteer at a local LGBT center. Police now looking into whether the targeted group's opposition to same-sex marriage played a role and whether the recent controversy over Chick-fil-A could have, in fact, set him off."
 Also absent is any mention of the fact that Chick Fil-A helps bankroll the FRC.