After making no mention of it on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning, NBC continued its streak, on Thursday's NBC Nightly News, of ignoring the militant atheism and liberalism of the North Carolina man accused of killing three Muslim-Americans.
While none of the three networks have alluded to Craig Stepehn Hicks’s liberal beliefs, what differed from each of the past two network news cycles was that CBS dropped any mention of Hicks’s atheism after correspondent Vicente Arenas had included it in reports on Wednesday’s CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and Thursday’s CBS This Morning.
Over ABC, however, World News Tonight with David Muir did highlight Hicks’s atheism after having brought it up both the night before and on Thursday’s Good Morning America.
Correspondent Tom Llamas reported from Chapel Hill that Hicks' wife said “this may have started because of a dispute between her husband and the alleged victims over a parking space at the apartment complex.”
While it may have been the case, Llamas also made brought up Hicks’s atheism (even though it was only a brief mention: “But Hicks, who is being held without bond, openly posted on Facebook his proposed solution to the problems in the Middle East: atheism.”
In addition to his militant atheism, Hicks’s political leanings were liberal with Facebook “likes” on his profile for pages that, according to the International Business Times, included: “[T]he Huffington Post, Rachel Maddow, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Freedom from Religion Foundation, Bill Nye "The Science Guy, " Neil deGrasse Tyson, Gay Marriage groups and similar progressive pages.”
On NBC Nightly News, interim anchor Lester Holt read a brief on the matter that, in part, brought up how the “father of two of the victims continued his call today for authorities to investigate their deaths as a potential hate crime” and that: