Missing From the NBC Evening News Tonight: Man Sets Himself on Fire at the National Mall in DC

I was still absorbing the shock and sadness that 34 year old single mom Miriam Carey had been shot dead in Washington DC yesterday, when this morning’s bizarre news broke.

Police officers investigate the scene where a man set himself on fire in front of the U.S. Capitol building on the U.S. National Mall in Washington, October 4, 2013. REUTERS-Gary Cameron

A man walked across the Washington Mall in Dc this afternoon, not too far from the Washington Monument, doused himself, saluted the national capitol, then set himself on fire. Passersby who saw this happen ran to the man’s aid, and over the next 20 minutes, put the fire out. But he was engulfed in flames when they reached him, and was critically burned. He was taken to a local hospital and it’s not known whether he survived his self inflicted injuries.

Each night I monitor the CBS and NBC Evening News broadcasts. They are usually nearly identical. NEITHER broadcast mentioned this alarming event. I think that Washington DC chose to deliberately suppress this story, as they know the entire nation is on edge over the government shutdown and the acrimonious emotions surrounding same.

Here’s the Reuters report: