Michael Estes was arrested for planting a bomb at the Asheville, N.C., airport, but the case got only limited wire-service coverage. Was that because Estes is a “good ol’ white man”?
The arrest of Michael Christopher Estes, the man accused of planting a homemade bomb at the Asheville, N.C., Regional Airport this month, was quick. The news media weren’t so quick to report on it, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Authorities found what appeared to be an improvised explosive device on October 6 at a terminal in the airport. Estes is accused of attempted malicious use of explosive materials and unlawful possession of explosive materials in an airport. He admitted he had placed the bomb at the airport and that he was “getting ready to ‘fight a war on U.S. soil.’ ” Some local media outlets used Associated Press stories about the arrest without further reporting.
“The story didn’t go viral and Trump didn’t tweet about it because the bomb was not placed by an immigrant, or a Muslim, or a Mexican,” Shaun King speculated on The Intercept. “It was placed there by a good ol’ white man, Michael Christopher Estes. Unlike the Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, whose motive is still hard to discern, Estes wanted to be very clear that his ultimate goal was to accelerate a war on American soil … White people aren’t … suddenly labeled terrorists or seen as a threat to American safety in the way that would almost certainly happen had it been anybody other than a white man.”