A flawed, inconsistent police response to sexual assault in Maryland

Stephen Colbert

Our hierarchy of death

Our hierarchy of death

Did you hear about Jacob Hall?

Maybe his name rings a bell for you, maybe not. Jacob was the 6-year-old boy who was shot on the playground at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina last Wednesday. Another boy and a teacher were also struck, but survived.

It's a blessing Jacob was denied. Hit in the femoral artery, he suffered massive blood loss and spent his last three days in a hospital fighting to live. He lost that battle Saturday.

Police say his assailant was another boy, 14 years old.

Maybe you heard about it, maybe not. Unless you live near where it happened, it probably didn't lead your local TV news, nor would your favorite cable network have spent...