When reporting on a fatal and apparently intentional hit-and-run of a North Dakotan teenager, the Associated Press failed to mention the perpetrator’s motive: his belief that his victim held “Republican extremist” views.
Forty-one-year-old Shannon Brandt told the police that he “hit” 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson with his car because he believed the teen was part of a “Republican extremist group” and the two had had a political argument earlier that night. Police say Brandt was drunk when he used his SUV to strike and kill Ellingson before he called 911 around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Brandt was released from custody Tuesday, after posting $50,000 bond.
Despite court documents showing Brandt admit his motive for allegedly killing Ellingson, the AP conveniently hid Brandt’s obvious antagonism against Republicans, writing that Brandt hit Ellingson