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Primetime shows on CNN and MSNBC neglected to acknowledge the latest news of the horrific shooting in Memphis, Tennessee, that resulted in an arrest following an hours-long manhunt .
The suspect, identified by Memphis police as 19-year-old Ezekiel Kelly, was arrested Wednesday night after he allegedly recorded the shooting on Facebook, killing four and injuring three.
While Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” and “The Ingraham Angle” covered the developing story, competing programs on the Liberal networks did not, according to Grabien’s transcripts.
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CNN and MSNBC hosts devoted much of their programming to discussing the latest developments in the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago, the political landscape ahead of the midterms, and the Obamas’ return to the White House for their portrayal. .
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CNN anchor Don Lemon, who gets two hours of programming every weeknight, spent nearly half of his show’s first hour talking about the Obamas, which continued into his second hour, but didn’t make time for the latest news.
Notably, Lemon said in 2018 that “white males” are the “greatest terrorist threat in this country,” a claim that could be undermined by Wednesday’s shooting because the Memphis suspect is black.
CNN’s prime-time hosts apparently didn’t get the memo from their new boss Chris Licht, who expressed his ambition to restore the network’s journalistic credibility and steer its programming toward straight news. According to Wednesday’s coverage, Licht still has a long way to go.
At least two shootings were reported at 7 p.m. local time, Fox 13 reported. One occurred at a BP gas station and a woman was injured at another, the outlet reported.
Kelly is also suspected of two armed carjackings which occurred while he was trying to flee from police. Authorities said the rampage spread to at least eight different crime scenes.
Police say multiple felony charges are pending against Kelly.
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Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland revealed at a press conference that Kelly had previously been charged with attempted first-degree murder, but pleaded guilty to a downgraded aggravated assault charge in April 2021.
Kelly was sentenced to three years in prison, but was released in March 2022 after serving just 11 months of his sentence.
The shooting comes as the city was rocked by the kidnapping and murder of mother and teacher Eliza Fletcher while jogging on Friday morning.
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The suspect, Cleotha Henderson, is charged with first degree murder, specifically aggravated assault and tampering/fabricating evidence.
Fox News’ Louis Casiano and Andrea Vacchiano contributed to this report