The marginal story

Everyone heard about cop killer Eric Frein in Pennsylvania but it seems to be relegated to the unimportant pile. Who cares? Only those in the Poconos, I guess. Has someone erected a wall around that region? To those in the area, sometimes it must seem so.

The reasons could vary. Maybe it doesn’t fit any stereotypes? It’s not a disgruntled black person railing against white privilege. That alone would make it a top national story.

But why is its status so minimized? The Liberal Left, of course, would want to use it to point to white militancy and anti-government terrorism. I doubt he has any dog in that fight. Still, media could turn him into some right-wing radical extremist. They could add him to the Timothy McVeigh syndrome. Expect that sometime in the future.

At the same time, Eric Frein doesn’t fit the Muslim radical stereotype from anything we’ve seen. So here we are with one cop dead and another in rehab after his attack at a state police barracks. It just doesn’t fit. Maybe it’s the ‘people aren’t interested’ excuse?

However, among residents in the oft-touted Poconos, he is very much a concern. Maybe it only matters to them as their problem? And he may matter to Pa state officials. Other than that, no one outside the area seems to give it much consideration. Yawn.

Remember the manhunt for Christopher Dorner in California that got great national media attention — possibly what these types of criminals want. Not advocating it but this case doesn’t, which sort of raises the question of what does he have to do to get the national spotlight? He’s already killed one state police officer, and severely injured another. The schools are on the lookout and some have had lock downs due to him. He’s on the loose and an occasional blurb comes from officials: ‘We’re on him, he’s cornered, we’ll get him.’

Have Jodi Arias and Oscar Pistorius sucked all available oxygen out of the room? (how long does their 15 minutes last anyway?) These two could not put out the media spotlight with a fire hose, if they wanted to. They slip off the front page, then get yanked right back in. Personally, I am sick of hearing about both of them, but they live on in the media.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, it seems a story like this illusive cop killer on the run is front burner only to those in the community. Nothing to see … move along. Did you see that Nascar feud? Serial killings, ISIS, Kobane, Iraq, Ebola, CDC, travel bans, North Korea; maybe it is drowned out by other events? But Oscar and Jodi and Michael Brown, now that’s real news. Just an observation here….next!

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