A concerned wife’s report of dozens of armed FBI agents descending on her Pennsylvania home Friday to drag her husband, a pro-life Catholic speaker, away in handcuffs in front of their weeping children should have been a sensational national story. But it’s been four days now, and not a single one of the big corporate media outlets has deigned to mention the FBI’s raid on the home of Mark Houck and his family. That’s not a coincidence.
“They had big, huge rifles pointed at Mark and pointed at me and kind of pointed throughout the house,” Mark’s wife, Ryan-Marie Houck, alleged in an interview with LifeSiteNews. What dangerous behavior made Mark a target of such a forceful FBI raid? He is accused of violating the FACE Act (a federal law used to limit the acceptable actions of pro-lifers in front of abortion facilities) because he pushed away a pro-abortion man who was repeatedly harassing Houck’s 12-year-old son, his wife said. A district court threw out the case against him earlier this year, but the FBI picked it up as Attorney General Merrick Garland continues his war on political opponents of the Biden administration’s agenda. Houck could face up to 11 years in prison if convicted.
Where is the outrage from the corporate press, which loves to paint itself as a chief crusader against authoritarian behavior (real or imagined) when it’s politically expedient? There is none, and it’s a safe bet that’s because this time, they’re cheering the crackdown.
A Tuesday morning search for Houck’s name revealed zero results in the past month on the pages of The New York Times. Search “FBI” results over the past week on the NYT website, and you won’t find anything about its raid on the Houck family, either.
The only result returned by The Washington Post or NPR in the past week was an unrelated story about Canadian mask mandates, in which the search generator seemed to suggest “Mark” might have been intended to mean “mask.”
NBC News is no better, returning no results related to the FBI raid on the Houck family.
The first story that pops up in a search of the Associated Press website is a death notice from four years ago, and then several stories about MLB players.
Every single result in a search for “Mark Houck” from CBS News over the past six months was about baseball.
At the top of search results from USA Today was a “news” story about how the United States has too many white forensic scientists.
The most relevant stories The Wall Street Journal could find in the past week were a story about Spotify audiobooks and one about a Kenyan marathon runner.
Don’t think these outlets just all happened to “forget” to report this story. Time and again, they’ve shown they don’t mind withholding information they don’t want you to hear. They just might not want you to know their allies in Washington carted off an opponent of the “acceptable” narrative that the press itself helps enforce.
Elle Purnell is an assistant editor at The Federalist, and received her B.A. in government from Patrick Henry College with a minor in journalism. Follow her work on Twitter @_etreynolds.
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