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If a Congress Member Shoved His Wife, Would the Media Care?

Only if the offender is not a Democrat, it seems.

Earlier today, the Orlando Sentinel reported that a Florida judge had “granted a temporary protective injunction against U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson after his wife filed paperwork accusing the Orlando congressman of shoving and injuring her during an incident this past weekend. …. Photos filed by Lolita Grayson’s attorneys with the petition show large bruises to her left leg and left shoulder.”

As of 12:00 AM ET on March 5, 2014, a search for “Alan Grayson shove OR shoved wife” limited to the websites of ABC News, NBC News, MSNBC, CNN, Politico, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Slate, Salon, and the Huffington Post returns just six unique results in the past 24 hours. (A screenshot is available here).

Of those six results, only four mention the the allegations against Representative Grayson: one each at Slate, The Huffington Post, Politico, and NBC News.

At the Huffington Post, the incident garners barely a paragraph, and at Slate, Dave Weigel is sure to point out that Grayson “was already targeted in a half-million dollar ad buy by Americans for Prosperity.” I’m not sure how an anti-Obamacare ad that went out nearly a month ago is relevant to whether or not Alan Grayson beats his wife. Perhaps Weigel just wants to be sure Mrs. Grayson’s health insurance plan wasn’t cancelled by the disastrous legislation in case she needs a trip to the hospital.

ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, Salon, and The Washington Post apparently don’t think it’s newsworthy that the wife of a sitting congressman was granted an injunction against her husband over allegations of domestic abuse.