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Attempted Bomb Attack On A North Carolina Airport?

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Internet users encountered news accounts reporting an attempted bombing at Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina in October 2017. There were also claims that the attack went underreported.

Attempted Bomb Attack On A North Carolina Airport
Source: Neon Nettle

“It’s strange how some things really catch on and go viral and others don’t. These days, nothing quite makes a story blow up no pun intended like the president’s fixation with it. That’s why it’s so peculiar that what sure looks like an attempted terrorist attack was narrowly thwarted at an American airport this past Friday without so much as peep from Donald Trump about it. No tweets. No nicknames for the alleged would-be-terrorist. Nothing. You’ll see why in a minute.”

On the other Salon.com reported it as,

“Major news outlets were remarkably quiet after last Friday’s arrest of Michael Christopher Estes, who planted an improvised explosive device in a North Carolina airport and later admitted he was “preparing to fight a war on U.S. soil.”

The website further added: “That this homegrown terrorist slipped past major media outlets has some critics crying foul over the media’s double-standard for terrorists who don’t fit the popular image and narrative of what a “terrorist” looks like.”

Who Is Michael Christopher Estes?

Attempted Bomb Attack On A North Carolina Airport
Source: Snopes

According to the court documents, Michael Christopher Estes has been charged with “attempted malicious use of explosive materials” and “unlawful possession of explosive materials in an airport.”

No one really knows what happened. There are many factors that may have gone into the relative lack of coverage.

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