After devoting several stories to unsubstantiated allegations of racism 
and spitting by Tea Party protesters last weekend, the New York Times almost
ignored an actual death threat made against a top Republican, Rep. Eric
Cantor of Virginia, the No. 2 Republican in the House, that resulted in
the first actual arrest since the alleged wave of threats against
Norman Leboon of Philadelphia was ordered held without bail pending a mental health evaluation after trying to post a video threatening Cantor onto the clip-sharing site Youtube.
Times made do with a one-paragraph Associated Press brief buried in the
National Briefing section on page 18, with an uninformative headline:
"Philadelphia: Man Held in Threat on Congressman." (The Times also ran
a four-paragraph story on the paper's "Caucus" blog Monday afternoon .)
By contrast, the Washington Post's Anita Kumar devoted a comprehensive story  to the incident in Tuesday's paper, including details not included in the Times' AP dispatch, like the most threatening quote from Leboon's video: "You receive my bullets in your office, remember they will be placed in your heads. You and your children are Lucifer's abominations." The Post also reported that Leboon donated $505 to Obama's presidential campaign.
Among the political stories the Times found more worthwhile: Two stories from revelations about a $2,000 tab by the Republican National Committee at a bondage-themed club in Hollywood, both on page A14, the front page of the paper's National section.
- Clay Waters is editor of Times Watch . You can follow Times Watch on Twitter .