"PLATTE, S.D. — Financial issues appear to have contributed to an educational cooperative business manager’s decision to kill his wife and four children with a shotgun before setting the family home ablaze and then shooting himself, South Dakota’s attorney general said Tuesday.
Attorney General Marty Jackley released the results of his office’s investigation of the September deaths at a news conference in Platte, a few miles north of the burned ruins of the home where the bodies of Scott and Nicole Westerhuis and their children Kailey, Jaeci, Connor and Michael were found.
Their deaths occurred just hours after the state Department of Education informed Mid-Central Educational Cooperative that it was losing a $4.3 million federal contract for GEAR UP, a program that seeks to improve Native Americans’ college readiness, because of financial problems and accounting failures." [Source]
So this animal is having financial problems and he goes out and kills his wife and four children.
And yet, the story barely registers in the news cycle.
Compare this to the following story:
"Representatives for Five Guys restaurant chain are speaking out after video surfaced of a huge fight at their Miami Beach location, calling the brawl "simply unacceptable."
The incident happened at the Five Guys location at 1500 Washington Avenue near 15th Street in Miami Beach.
It's unclear what sparked the fight, but the video shows a female patron and several employees involved. Dozens of customers were inside the store when it happened, many recording the incident with their cellphones.
According to a witness, the woman was being loud and drunk, but didn't get physical. The employees hit her with cups and then things started to escalate." [Story with video]
This story is all over the news, and it is a major water cooler conversation starter all over the country.
A bunch of young ladies brawling at a burger joint is bigger news than a father slaughtering his four children and his wife and torching their home.
Think about that for a minute, and think about why this might be so. I think it fits into a narrative, and everyone, including the press, has to play into that narrative.