I think it is fair to say that this story is very news worthy, but it is not an attractive story for the national news media establishment. Some cultural issues sort of run against the grain of the national media thinking. I understand as many as 70 congressmen have signed a petition asking for national news coverage of this trial.
Increasingly, the best way to think of the national media is that of one voice. A kind of amplified group-think. The national media is also the voice of advocacy, however subtly it might be packaged. I know there is competition among the outlets, but it seems they are kept within unspoken perimeters. The media likes to talk and write about economics more than cultural issues, but economics is more of a symptom than anything else.