Media's Dishonest Reporting on Firearms. Newspaper accounts of firearms are almost always illiterate and
inaccurate. If you see something described as an AK-47 being used in a crime in the United States, you can be almost
certain that it is not an actual AK-47. (This is not helped by the fact that many different kinds of firearms are marketed
under the name AK-47.) An AK-47 is a select-fire rifle, i.e., a rifle that can be fired in fully automatic or semiautomatic
mode, chambered for the 7.62×39mm round. These are pretty rare beasts in the United States; what's normally meant
by "AK-47" is a semiautomatic rifle styled like an AK-47 and/or operating with a similar mechanism, and this elides the fact
that one of these things is a full-auto machine gun and one isn't. Given the rather energetic efforts of the anti-gun
lobby and the press to conflate automatic and semiautomatic weapons, one cannot help but think this is at least partly
intentional. In any case, it is misleading and confusing, and therefore bad journalism. Similar problems
come up with other firearms.
New York Times' Fictitious Image of Gun Carriers. Sometimes someone inadvertently performs a public service by
bringing an unbelievably stupid and dangerous idea to the surface, where it can be exposed for what it is. The New
York Times can be credited — if that is the word — with performing this public service in a recent
editorial against proposals to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed guns. They refer to what they call the
National Rifle Association's "fantasy that citizens can stand up to gunmen by shooting it out." Nobody has suggested any such
thing. Data collected over many years — but almost never seeing the light of day in the New York Times or the
rest of the mainstream media — show many thousands of examples of people defending themselves with a gun each year,
without having to pull the trigger.
Gun Industry's Lucrative relationship With Hollywood. The NRA and the entertainment industry interact publicly
as mortal enemies. But as the number of weapons shown in movies and TV steadily increases — and stars like
Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie make fortunes wielding guns onscreen — a co-dependence that keeps both churning is
revealed: "making the liberal bias a lot of money"
Tribune: Obama has been Pro Second Amendment! Steve Chapman is a writer for the Chicago Tribune.
He has often written about gun legislation. He stands out at the Tribune as a voice that recognizes reality more often
then most. His writing and viewpoints have been a reasonable voice crying in the wilderness of Chicago.
Unfortunately, he lives in the fantasy bubble of current Progressivism. It is evident in his recent column excoriating
the NRA. He buys into the leftist propaganda without introspection or examination of facts. It is an opinion
column, but opinions should have a basis in reality.
Being Faster Than Speeding Bullet, CW's 'Supergirl' is Anti-Gun. If guns were outlawed, there would be no
reason to be faster than a speeding bullet. Then, the world wouldn't need a superhero, and the CW wouldn't have to suck
all the fun out of a comic series to produce liberal television. But in reality, all of these things exist. In
its latest Supergirl episode "Crossfire," the caped protagonist can stop bullets, but she can't stop gun manufacturers.
Times Editors Call For Banning All Guns In The United States. In a editorial posted today [10/24/2016] called
'Microstamping' technology could help police crack down on gun crimes — if the gun lobby allows it, the editorial
board of the Times revealed that they want to ban all firearms in the United States by requiring them to be equipped with a
fantasy technology that does not exist in a viable form.
Times Examines Mass Shootings and Gun Laws. Every time a horrific crime committed with a gun gets national
attention, politicians will usually recommend more stringent gun laws as a response. (With the phrase "gun control" out of
vogue, you usually hear these days about "common sense gun safety laws.") The New York Times, who last year ran a nearly
unprecedented front-page editorial calling for the banning and confiscation of a commonly used and rarely abused class of
civilian firearms, investigated today how and whether laws, either existing or proposed, would have impacted "all 130 shootings
last year in which four or more people were shot, at least one fatally, and investigators identified at least one attacker."
NBC Reporter Attempts to Talk Gun Control. "Investigative reporter" — and I use that term lightly —
Chris Vanderveen of KUSA in Denver, Colorado decided to "start a new conversation on guns" by penning an OpEd on the NBC affiliate's
website. [...] If you're an "investigative reporter," why are you taking stances on political issues? What happened to unbiased
journalism, where you report the facts and let people interpret those facts however they choose?
of the Most Biased Anti-Gun 'News' Articles I've Seen in Some Time. It's obvious that most articles about guns
in the media are biased against our Second Amendment rights, certainly. Many are at least biased in that their facts
and terminology are so badly garbled that incorrect analysis results. But a recent piece in a British newspaper is the
most blatantly biased I've seen in some time. For the British Express, hack writer Oli Smith uncorked a piece on the
controversial proposal to allow a mosque to be built in Newton County, Georgia, that is so filled with lies, scare words, and
hyperbole that it is impossible to believe it is being presented as a "news" story instead of left-wing, invective-filled
Media Are Lying to Hide Clinton's Animosity to the Second Amendment. This is the state of "journalism"
today. Members of the media who desperately want Hillary Clinton to be elected president are stooping to unprecedented
lows, abandoning all pretenses of impartiality, forfeiting whatever remnant of credibility they might otherwise have, trying
to prevent voters from realizing that Hillary Clinton fundamentally opposes the individual right to keep and bear arms.
The Washington Post, to single out one of the worst in this regard, is worried that voters agree with Republican presidential
candidate Donald Trump that if Clinton were elected, she would "essentially abolish the Second Amendment."
Launches a Full Frontal on Trump, Gun Owners. Following Donald Trump's August 9 speech regarding the dangers a
Hillary Clinton-nominated Supreme Court poses to the Second Amendment, media outlets around the world responded by intimating
Trump was suggesting violence against Clinton. The media allegations were so extreme, they not only insulted Trump but
gun owners as well.
Headline of the Month: AP "Man who shot sleeping intruder". The above headline must be one of the most
misleading that I have seen. It comes from AP itself. It is aided and abbetted by the AP leading sentence.
From the washingtontimes.com: ["]BEND, Ore. (AP) - The man who shot and killed another person asleep inside a Bend
home in 2012 is asking a court to throw out a wrongful death lawsuit against him.["] The intruder was not sleeping.
He was actively fighting the couple that found him asleep in the homeowners house. There was an extensive investigation, and the
shooting was ruled justified. The story is all over the Internets, with the factually wrong headline and first sentence.
Than Complimentary Article On Smith & Wesson. The author of this article at The Boston Globe, Akilah Johnson,
is obviously trying to show the human side of gunsmiths and mechanics at Smith & Wesson as opposed to the ugly, boogeyman
portrait the progressives paint. But it reminds us (1) that Smith & Wesson has no business whatsoever still being
ensconced in Springfield, and (2) this would never have to be done in most other locations in America (can you imagine a
journalist having to show the human side of gunsmithing in, say, Charlotte, N.C., or Greenville, S.C.?). Furthermore,
this article isn't really very friendly to Smith & Wesson or the place they live for the discerning gun owner.
Issues Correction, Jumped the Gun on AP Bullets Used in Dallas Ambush. CBS's Scott Pelley had to issue a
correction Friday July 15 on CBS Evening News for an overzealous segment on the Dallas ambush he aired on Monday
July 11. In the original report Pelley claimed that so-called armored piercing bullets were used to kill the police,
that claim turned out to be false. "Early in the investigation, a city official told us the ammunition the killer used was
armor-piercing," he stated, "Well, now we've learned that the bullets were not the armor-piercing type."
was accurate. But none of it was true. [Scroll down] The points of this narrative: One, the
national media is not interested in accuracy or truth, but in getting the story out first. Two, it should fit a template,
e.g., the nation is racist, law enforcement is prejudiced, and they will frame their narrative accordingly (black male was shot,
it was because the "white" Hispanic is racist, there is racism all over the country). Three, the people doing the reporting
have little knowledge of the facts they are discussing, such as what is the difference between an AR-15 and M-16, or "automatic
fire" and "semi-automatic fire", and "define what is an assault weapon" ([indeed], so ignorant they should run for Congress).
really behind the ongoing push for gun control? It's not politically correct to say it, but most homicides are
gang bangers killing other gang bangers, gang bangers killing people standing near their gang banger targets or gang bangers
killing people they've targeted for crime. Your chance of dying from a gunshot if you are not a gang banger or not
committing suicide is 0.0005417721518987342 percent. The media won't tell you that.
Anti-Gun PR Flack Slams 'Trolls' at NewsBusters for Exposing Her Apolitical Pose. Washington Post media
blogger Erik Wemple took up a NewsBusters post on Thursday [6/23/2016]: "NPR issues large correction about stay-at-home
mom/gun-control activist." Wemple wrote "NewsBusters, the very vigilant group that monitors the mainstream media for lefty
bias, appears to have pushed NPR toward this step." But the really jaw-dropping part of the piece was Wemple's interview with
Shannon Watts, the allegedly inexperienced new politico NPR originally presented. Watts spat: "Here's what happens:
There's a story about me and then immediately the gun lobby and the trolls, they try to pick apart who I am."
one question reporters failed to ask any of the Democrats about their sit-in protest. The media orgy over the Democrats' temper tantrum
in the House of Representatives has been well documented over the past 24 hours. But with all the fawning tributes and comparisons to civil
rights era protests on the 1960s, one fundamental, logical question seems to have escaped the minds of the hive-mentality media gaggle covering the
Pelosi-run publicity stunt. Let's first point out the so-called "common sense gun safety legislation" these Democrats claim was the impetus behind
their fund-raising escapade disguised as a protest. The crux of their agenda had to do with legislation designed to prevent individuals on the
terrorist watch list from buying weapons. This would deny the right to bear arms to up to a million people because someone in a government office
in Washington put their name on a list. A fundamental, constitutionally protected right would be denied without due process. It's pretty
serious stuff, right? So, how did the media address the protesters?
Second Amendment Isn't About Hunting or Self-Defense, But Revolution. Last week, Rolling Stone published
an article by David S. Cohen, a law professor who thinks the Second Amendment should be repealed. "The Second Amendment
needs to be repealed because it is outdated, a threat to liberty and a suicide pact," writes Cohen. "When the Second
Amendment was adopted in 1791, there were no weapons remotely like the AR-15 assault rifle and many of the advances of modern
weaponry were long from being invented or popularized." In the wake of the Orlando massacre, Cohen reasons, "now is the
time to acknowledge a profound but obvious truth — the Second Amendment is wrong for this country and needs to be
jettisoned." This isn't the first time liberals have mused out loud about whether the Second Amendment is really
necessary, or whether it really means individuals have a right to own guns.
makes America less safe. On the morning of Sunday, June 13, 2016, the national press, the president and
everyone else in the Democratic Party, and their colleagues in the Republican Party woke up to the sickening news of an
Islamic terrorist attack on the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, hours earlier. What sickened the president and
these minions was not the death of 50 gay people, including the assailant, but rather the fear that another Islamic attack in
America would help elect Donald Trump. Our Gollums in Washington immediately worked to change the subject from
President Obama's failure to protect the nation. Sadly, the press and the politicians succeeded. After casting
about for what to blame — homophobia — the press and the politicians went to an old reliable: gun
control. We are talking not about how to root out young Muslim men who want to kill us indiscriminately, the media
focused on the gun. There is not one mainstream media outlet that has not followed this insanity down the rabbit hole.
Nightmare: Just One Week After Orlando Massacre, Online Gun Store Sells 30,000 AR-15s. First of all, and
contrary to what the media is saying, the Muslim-driven murderer did not use a dreaded AR-15 rifle in the shooting.
Further it was not a "machine gun," nor a "weapon of war," nor an "automatic weapon." What the killer did use was a
semi-auto Sig Sauer MCX rifle. Now, with that settled, what happened to gun sales in the aftermath of the murderous
rampage will have liberals at their wits end.
Lemon Adamantly Denies the Media Is Making Orlando About Gun Control. On his show last night [6/16/2016], CNN's Don Lemon
lashed out at Trump supporter Kayleigh McEnany for accusing the media of turning the Orlando shooting into a gun control platform.
Despite evidence to the contrary from his own network, Lemon insisted that the media was not pushing an anti-gun narrative. "No,
the media's not trying the make this about guns," he repeated twice after the McEnany said it.
a Mass Shooting, Wait and Die? Or Fight Back? Regarding the Orlando shooting, notice how quickly the
media pivoted from the culpability of a sexually repressed Muslim Afghan registered Democrat mass murderer to an assault on
firearms? Forget Islam and jihad and the Obama administration's resolute determination to fundamentally change the
nature of the United States by importing as many Muslims from alien, anti-Christian and anti-Western cultures as
possible. The real problem, in their view, is gun violence.
Asks Rick Scott If He Is Responsible For Orlando Attack Because of FL Gun Laws. A CNN host on Friday
[6/17/2016] repeatedly shifted an interview with Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R.) on the Islamic State-inspired terrorist
attack on a gay Orlando nightclub away from terrorism to discuss gun control instead, even asking if Scott himself could be
responsible for the attack because of his state's gun laws. Pamela Brown continued to press Scott about Florida's gun
laws and if he is now willing to reconsider his stance on gun control after meeting with families of the victims.
Despite — or because
of — Orlando, weapons fly off shelves at gun show. [Scroll down] Hundreds of customers poured
in immediately when the doors opened at 10 a.m., and organizers said they were on pace to sell 5,000 tickets at $10 a pop
before the show ends Sunday afternoon [6/19/2016].&nnbsp; "My business has quadrupled every day since Sunday," said Casey
Burke, a Longwood gun dealer who brought about 4,000 weapons to the show and had already sold several hundred by lunch, which
he was much too busy to eat. "People are afraid of what's about to happen with their [gun] rights and they're voting
with the wallets. I don't blame them. Gun owners are going to turn into dinosaurs if we don't do something to
The Editor says...
The writer of this heavily biased article doesn't have a clue. Ordinary people are not suddenly stocking up on guns
because of the Orlando terrorist attack. They are buying guns as fast as they can because Barack H. Obama and the
Democratic Party are openly saying that they want to suspend the Second Amendment and make it nearly impossible to buy guns
in the near future.
entire front page of the Boston Globe pushes a gun ban. Please note that the Orlando shooter did not — repeat,
did not — use an AR-15 in his Islam-inspired terrorist attack. The weapon he used was a Sig Sauer MCX, not even close
to being an AR-15. The fact that the media has chosen the AR-15 as the poster gun for banning "assault" weapons is typical of
our dumb as a stone media when it comes to firearms. But you might note the manipulative, emotional appeal from gun
control hysterics. Since they are unable to use factual arguments, they appeal to the heart and hope people don't catch
on that what they are proposing won't stop a single terrorist or nutcase from commiting mass murder.
York Times quietly backs away from story on Orlando terrorist's weapon. After widespread complaints on social
media, the New York Times has quietly backed away this afternoon from inaccurate reporting on the weapon used in Saturday's
Orlando terror attack. Second Amendment supporters and others have repeatedly questioned why "AR-15 Rifles Are Beloved,
Reviled and a Common Element in Mass Shootings" was so quick to incorrectly draw a common theme between other domestic
incidents and this one based on the killer's weapon of choice.
'In this County,' 'Everything Seems to Get Settled by a Gun'. Tom Brokaw echoed ABC on Sunday by blaming the
terrorist attack in Orlando Florida on the popularity of guns in America. Twitter is alight with folks weighing in from
both sides, people pointing to the Islamic name and others pointing to the use of an AR-15," he remarked on NBC News.
He went on to say that he hoped a meaningful dialogue would come from the event. Brokaw spoke well after the FBI
announced at a press conference that there were possible ties between the shooter and radical Islam. But Brokaw chose
to play it down by simply describing it as, "The worst mass shooting in our country's history." And exclaimed that,
"everything seems to get settled by a gun for whatever reasons."
Orlando Killer Didn't Use An AR-15 Rifle. [T]he demonization of the AR-15 rifle has begun in the media.
The usual talking points about its lethality, its rate of fire, and its scariness are coursing through the veins of the
anti-gun Left following the Orlando attack. Omar Mateen committed the worst mass shooting in U.S. history on Sunday
morning, which will likely be reclassified as a terrorist attack, when he murdered 49 people at a gay nightclub (Pulse).
As Bob Owens and Streiff noted at Bearing Arms and RedState respectively, Mateen didn't use an AR-15 rifle, but the media has
a narrative to dole out.
fail: Orlando terrorist did not use an AR-15. Since Sunday's terrorist attack on an Orlando gay
nightclub, the Democrat-media complex has gone on a tear demonizing the AR-15. A number of ignorant outlets and biased
operators (as opposed to "reporters" who actually try to get the story right) breathlessly reported that the shooter used an
AR-15. Here's an example of the false reporting. A video at the Washington Post is captioned: "Orlando shooter
Omar Mateen used an AR-15 style rifle to kill at least 49 people, officials say. Here's what you need to know about
the gun some are calling 'the gold standard for mass murder.'" But, Bob Owens wrote at Bearing Arms, they got it wrong.
Blames Orlando Terror on Election Rhetoric and Guns in America. On Sunday, even after the FBI hinted the
presence of a link to radical Islam, the panel on ABC's This Week blamed the terrorist attack at a gay nightclub in
Orlando, Florida on heated election rhetoric and guns in America. "I think we all ought to pause with what happened in
Orlando today," stated ABC's Matt Dowd when asked if third party candidates could gain supporters, "And if we understand that
all of the hateful thoughts become hateful words become hateful actions." Dowd continued, "And now, maybe in the course
of this, after what happened, the temperatures will go down and we, sort of, get back to a place where we can understand the
common good." Republican strategist Kellyanne Conway then argued that America is in need of strong leadership.
"But strong leadership, Kelly, is not about fear mongering and exploiting racial anxieties, and bigotry," snapped The
Nation editor Katrina Vanden Heuvel.
coordinates, rushes to push "mass shooting" meme as deflection agitprop. Classic agitprop. If anyone
needs further reminders that the media in the West is not "independent" let alone "impartial", the rush to frame the
Narrative of the Islamic terror attack at an Orlando LBGT nightclub during Ramadan as an act of "gun violence" while
remaining silent on the overt connections to Islamic intolerance, hate and use of violence and terror as a weapon to
intimidate should remove any doubts from your mind.
dedicate 54-times more coverage to gorilla than Chicago shooting spree. In the time since Harambe the gorilla was killed at
the Cincinnati Zoo, 69 people have been shot in Chicago — but you wouldn't know it from watching the news. The death of
the gorilla has received 54-times more coverage than the violence in Chicago, according to an analysisfrom the Media Research Center.
The three major broadcast networks — ABC, CBS and NBC — have dedicated 55 minutes and 7 seconds of coverage
to the death of Harambe, but only 1 minute and 1 second to the Chicago shooting spree.
New York Times is Super Excited About Massive Gun Registration Schemes!. Despite anti-gunnite talking
points, most law abiding gun owners are not against background checks. We have no problem with making sure that the
person attempting to purchase a firearm is not a bad person. But, do background checks actually stop Bad Guys from
getting guns? For the most part, no. Hence, the NRA is not suggesting that we do away with the backgrounds check
system, they just think it's absurd to expand it, because it will almost never stop a bad character from getting a gun.
And they are against the gun registration schemes of the anti-gunnites, because it is simply a big government control scheme.
the media 'under the gun'. [Scroll down] It's hard to know what is worse: "clueless reporters" being
manipulated by government officials to spread propaganda, or deceptive reporters manipulating video to spread their own
propaganda? In the latter category, we have the aforementioned Katie Couric documentary which infamously tried to make
gun-rights advocates look like they were totally stumped by Couric's "hard-line" questioning.
Shows Katie Couric Documentary Deceptively Edited Interview with Pro-Gun Activists. Under the Gun bills
itself as a documentary that "examines the events and people who have kept the gun debate fierce and the progress slow, even
as gun deaths and mass shootings continue to increase." It follows a number of gun violence victims and those who have
lost family members to gun violence as they advocate for stricter gun control laws. The 1 hour and 45 minute
film was executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric. Under the Gun has been labeled "dishonest politicking
in the guise of media coverage," "loose with the facts," and "a full-length assault on guns and the Second Amendment" by those
in the gun community since its debut on May 15.
Couric cooks the facts, burns her reputation. [Scroll down] To make her case for more gun regulation she
decided to transition from journalism to falsification and propaganda. Instead of showing the interview question and
answer as they actually happened, she edited in an eight-second clip of the group sitting silently and slightly uncomfortably
waiting to be interviewed. Couric clearly wanted to present her question as though she were Perry Mason at the climax
of a courtroom drama coming up with a killer debating point that confounded all opposition witnesses. She wanted it to
seem as though no reasonable person could disagree and to present the gun rights group as tacitly acknowledging it by staying
silent and looking at their feet. Oh, Katie, you're so clever, you foxed those foolish gun nuts!
Fraud In "Gungate" Is Real, And Should End Katie Couric's Career. As we noted yesterday, a gun rights group,
Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), agreed to sit down with a member of Couric's film team for more than two hours of
interviews. Most of the footage ended up on the cutting room floor, but the real scandal was when Couric's team was
caught red-handed swapping out the actual answer for one of the questions they asked VCDL with footage of them staring at the
floor, making it appear that they didn't have an answer to her question. That is not what happened. Stephen
Gutowski and his team at the Free Beacon isolated the actual uncut audio footage as part of their coverage of the
story, and it proves without a doubt that the VCDL members did have an immediate and detailed response to question.
Couric defends documentary that selectively edited gun advocates. Yahoo news anchor Katie Couric is standing by
her gun documentary, even after the discovery that it was selectively edited to make it appear as if she stumped gun
advocates with a simple question about background checks. In a statement to the Washington Examiner's media
desk, Couric said she is "very proud of the film." The documentary's director, Stephanie Soechtig, told the Examiner,
"There are a wide range of views expressed in the film. My intention was to provide a pause for the viewer to have a moment
to consider this important question before presenting the facts on Americans' opinions on background checks."
The Editor says...
Ri-i-i-ight. If you believe that, you probably won't learn much from the rest of this web page.
Brokaw: More legal guns will mean more 'homegrown terrorism'. [Scroll down] Someone should ask
Mr. Brokaw about the "Greatest Generation" whose virtues he loves to extol. In their heyday, gun ownership was
just as common as it is today. Why did the massive amount of guns they owned fail to generate "homegrown terrorism" but
now, just 60-or-so years later, we're supposedly incapable of responsibly handling the things? Answer that
question and you'll have gotten to the real heart of the issue.
news group runs picture of a rifle for story about a pistol. A Florida newsweekly on Monday [4/25/2016] used a
picture of religious liberty activist holding a rifle instead of the pistol that was the subject of its story, and justified
it by saying the image of the larger, more powerful firearm was "just too good to pass up."
News: 2nd Amendment Still Unclear, Perhaps Scalia's Replacement Will Help. On March 13, CBS News contended that
the meaning of the Second Amendment is still unclear and suggested it will be up to Antonin Scalia's Supreme Court replacement to
help decide whether it refers to individual rights or collective rights for persons in the "militia." To arrive at such a
position CBS News does two things: 1. They admit the Supreme Court's ruling in District of Columbia v Heller (2008)
"affirmed an individual's right to keep and bear arms." 2. They cast doubt on whether this decision can be the final by
intimating that the real meaning of the Second Amendment is still in doubt among law school professors and members of various think tanks.
The Radical Gun Control Group That Pushes The Anti-Gun Hollywood Agenda. If you are a gun owner, or even
somewhat knowledgeable about guns, sometimes watching television shows or movies can be frustrating. The depiction of
anything firearms-related often seems to have no basis in reality. You'll see someone stalking another person with a gun,
then several minutes into it decide to rack the pistol and actually load a round. What would that person have done if he
encountered his adversary, politely ask him to wait while he loaded his pistol? You'll see people rack empty guns, then
insert the magazine, then shoot the gun. You'll see people shoot with deadly accuracy pointing from the hip without aiming.
Just today I watched a modern British murder mystery where someone used a "silencer" to make a modern revolver whisper quiet.
Being ignorant of firearms and too lazy to actually learn anything about them for your job is one thing. Intentionally
misrepresenting the truth and slanting your tale to present your leftist agenda surreptitiously is another.
MSNBC Reporter Goes to Gun Range; It Doesn't End Well. A MSNBC correspondent on Tuesday [2/23/2016] decided to do a
live report from a gun range. As one could guess, it didn't go well. Reporter Kerry Sanders pointed at the gun-rights
fans and began, "There are lots of folks here who believe that Second Amendment in this country is under attack." Seconds
later, the shooting started. The Second Amendment afficionados drowned Sanders out. [Video clip]
Bloomberg: Gun Owners are Poor and Therefore Idiots. For those who aren't aware, [Michael] Bloomberg is the multi-billionare and
sole backer of the Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, and Mayors Against Illegal Guns campaigns, and employs Shannon Watts as his
spokesman. Naturally Rolling Stone was falling all over themselves to appease the man who believes his gun control extremism will allow
him to skip the line into Heaven, especially when they ask questions like "Tell me why you're still fighting for better gun laws even after
leaving office as mayor." Note the use of the phrase "better" instead of "stricter," as if the interviewer believes in Bloomberg's
position as much as the man himself.
Sun: Obama Should Create Public Registry Of Gun Owners. On January 7, The Baltimore Sun gave President
Obama kudos for issuing executive orders for gun control, but expressed their desire that he add another measure —
a public registry of gun owners. And the Sun wants the registry to be searchable, so that mothers can look up the
parents of their children's friends to see if they keep guns in their homes.
Governor Dan Patrick Defends Second Amendment on Meet the Press. Lt. Governor Patrick explained how people in
urban areas, particularly women and minorities, are obtaining carry permits in larger and larger numbers. He refused to
fall for the false hypotheticals of the disarmists when Chuck Todd said that open carry was asking for public chaos. Patrick
correctly stated 45 states have it, and they have not had public chaos as a result. He said that just because some people
fear and hate guns is no reason to stop those of us who love guns and the Second Amendment, from exercising are rights. Patrick
is applying the same effective tactic that Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and others are. Do not accept the assumptions of the media
cartel. Call them on their agenda and tell the truth.
Barack Obama, We Did Not Have Shootings Like This. A few days ago in California, Islamic radicals shot up a
Christmas party. Armed with long barrel rifles — not handguns — and an assortment of other instruments
of death, they killed more than a dozen people. The American political left, before the facts became clear, immediately
started blaming Republicans, the National Rifle Association and Christians. Once it was clear that Muslims were involved,
the political left looked the other way. When Bryce Williams killed two reporter colleagues live on air in Virginia, the
American left immediately blamed Republicans and the National Rifle Association, and demanded new laws for background checks.
When it was pointed out that Williams had a background check before buying his gun and that he was gay, the story disappeared.
No, Tamir Rice Was Not "Open Carrying," You
Race-Baiting Liars. I'm just as sick of the Tamir Rice case as the next guy, but it's also my job to debunk lies and
information on firearms and firearms laws, so I've been sucked back into this story at least one more time to debunk a pair of idiotic
articles written by out-of-their depth leftist writers who allege that Tamir Rice was "just open carrying."
Mitchell Blames 'The South' for New York Gun Violence. During a segment on her Monday [12/14/2015] MSNBC show
using the third anniversary of the Newtown school shooting to demand gun control, host Andrea Mitchell pleaded for national
legislation: "Andrew Cuomo, the governor who passed really tough gun legislation in New York.... Yet he has said that it is
impossible task because you can't do it state by state." She claimed states that support gun rights were to blame: "It has to
be a national conversation because those guns just come in, in people's trunks from the south and they are actually more valuable because
they get sold on the black market in New York City..."
the War on Guns Has Failed. In the wake of the San Bernardino attack, liberals are in a total panic over guns.
The New York Times broke a 95-year precedent to editorialize about gun control on its front page. But the Times seems
restrained compared with the full-on meltdown at the New York Daily News, which has taken to calling the head of the
NRA a "terrorist." I have no desire to rehash the all-too-familiar debate over whether such policies would have their
intended effects or whether they'd pass constitutional muster. Let's just stipulate I am skeptical on both counts.
Times's Steve Lopez Exaggerates Number of Multiple Death Shootings By More Than Threefold. [Scroll down]
Check the numbers for yourself. The mass shooting tracker that you guys in Big Media cite for the 355 number is [on the
internet]. It breaks down the data, so you can see how many people were killed and wounded in each event. As Mr. Tuttle
says, the true number of mass killings in 2015 (defined as three or more killings) is 67. If you want to call shootings with
two victims "multiple-death shootings" — which stretches the definition of "multiple," but I'll be a sport and let that
go — then you can add another 34 more shootings to the total. But any way you slice it, the number of
shootings in which two or more people were killed is 101. Not 335.
Media's Inflated 'Mass Shootings' Count Is Wildly Misleading. [Scroll down] Consider the mass shooting
that took place in Platte, S.D., on September 17, and left six people dead. It is, by death toll, one of the eight
deadliest shootings of 2015. Why, then, did few people hear about it? Because the victims were the wife and four
children of Scott Westerhuis, who police believed murdered them, then committed suicide. This was a tragedy. But
it was also a wildly different circumstance than what transpired in Aurora, Colo., or Newtown, Conn. Likewise, the mass
shooting that caused the most injuries this year was the gunfight that took place between two biker gangs in Waco, Texas, in
May. That was a heinous crime. But, again, it was very different from the targeted assault on Virginia Tech in 2007.
There's a reason you've never heard of Eduardo Sencion, Kesler Dufrene and Salvador Tapia. The
Media's Cover Up of Immigrant Mass Shootings. The San Bernardino shooting has just happened and the shooters
are unknown, but in response to Robert Dear Jr.'s murder of three people at a Colorado Springs shopping mall last week, The
New York Times exulted: "Even as politicians and those in Congress pump up public fears at the supposed threat of
refugees fleeing Syria, every day in America people — mostly white men — are walking into movie theaters,
restaurants, churches, grade schools and health care centers armed to the teeth, determined to take as many people out as they
can." Mostly white men??? I know it didn't happen here, but is the Times really going to ignore the murder of
130 people in Paris two weeks ago?
Don't Believe the Media! You must keep
in mind that the media industry is exactly that; an industry. They must make greater and greater profits to satisfy their
stockholders. Dramatic reports of a child that is shot by another child increase ratings much more than reporting that
28 women used a gun to fight off rape today and every day, for that matter (the national average). A heart rending image
of a mother who just lost a child to a drive-by shooting drives ratings much higher than a dry report that violent crime is down
in states with the least amount of gun control. The simple fact is that violence sells! [...] Splashier news makes
for more profit. You can't blame someone for wanting to make more money, even if you disagree with how they do it.
So, it is imperative that you remember that those in control of the media have their own agenda and that agenda does NOT serve YOUR
best interest. Since violence sells and legal unrestricted gun ownership reduces violence, it is in the media's business
interest to promote restrictions on legal gun ownership.
There is no Ban on "Gun
Violence" Research; The Hill Pushes the Lie. A recent headline at The Hill read "Dems push to end ban on gun violence research".
The only problem is that there is no ban on "gun violence" research. There is a ban on spending federal dollars, by the Department of
Health and Human Services, on research that advocates for more gun control.
Is There a Gun Violence
Epidemic? The Numbers Say No. Rolling Stone magazine has an entire section on its website dedicated to gun violence entitled
"America's gun violence epidemic." Hillary Clinton recently stated that "this epidemic of gun violence knows no boundaries."
Even the American Public Health Organization states in its section on gun violence that "a comprehensive public health approach to
addressing this growing crisis is necessary." A quick look into the facts reveals an entirely different picture.
Omits Arguments Against Barring Guns to Watch List Suspects. On Sunday's [11/22/2015] This Week, host George Stephanopoulos
repeatedly brought up the debate over whether to bar guns from people on the federal terror watch list or the no-fly list without delving into
any of the arguments against doing so. The ABC host brought up the issue with both guests Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson, and
raised the issue again during the "Roundtable" segment, but never noted either the specific criticisms that the list gets from both the left and
the right, or the argument against tipping off suspects under secret investigation which barring them from purchasing guns would cause.
Carolina voluntary gun surrender event produces big results. A staple among the more "reasonable" gun control
advocates in America is the voluntary gun turn-in or buy-back program. [...] A staple among the more "reasonable" gun control
advocates in America is the voluntary gun turn-in or buy-back program. And while some offers of this type promise cash
or gift certificates in exchange for the surrendered firearms, this one was based on nothing more than the good will of the
people. No money was offered and participants were given the chance to sign a "pledge of non-violence" for the future.
So how did that turn out? If you read the coverage from this Time Warner Cable News Network report it was a smashing success.
Yourselves — the Media Just Made the Argument Against Gun Control. Back in October, I covered a
Gallup poll that showed the majority of Americans don't support a handgun ban. At the time, only 27% of Americans said they
would support such a ban. Two studies covered by Legal Insurrection later that month revealed that the Obama Administration's
renewed push for stricter controls and limited carry actually runs contrary to the social science of controlling violence and keeping
people safe. The thing is, you'd never know it with the way the mainstream media covers issues like gun control, urban violence,
and the Second Amendment.
Media Bias Goes Extreme. The national
and local media bias against the Second Amendment reached bizarre heights this week when a newspaper headline proclaimed "Shooter
kills 4; 30 injured." The problem? Well, even a casual reader would note that the tragedy described in the article had
nothing to do with a "shooter" but was about a individual who drove her car through a homecoming parade at Oklahoma State University.
While the motives of the driver's actions remain unclear, we find it simply incredible that a headline could be so abundantly off the mark.
reveals extent of media brainwashing on guns. Thanks to the pervasive media obsession with reporting homicides and blaming
gun ownership, the public believes, contrary to fact, that homicides and gun deaths are increasing. As a matter of fact, the number
of privately owned guns has soared as gun homicides have fallen.
Carefully-designed Gun Violence Script: Obama to the Rescue!. In Montana, the local newspaper is little more
than a collection of local colloquialisms surrounded by canned, nonsensical AP (that's Associated Press) drivel that is
labeled as news, but better described as propaganda, plain and simple. There is a script here, and this is the way
it has been running. [...]
Three Pinocchios: Clinton's
claim that 40 percent of guns are sold at gun shows and over the Internet. So where does the 40 percent figure
come from? It is derived from studies that were based on data collected from a survey in 1994, the same year that the Brady
Act requirements for background checks came into effect. In fact, the questions concerned purchases dating as far back as
1991, and the Brady Act went into effect in early 1994 — meaning that some, if not many, of the guns were bought
in a pre-Brady environment. The survey sample was relatively small — just 251 people. (The survey was
done by telephone, using a random-digit-dial method, with a response rate of 50 percent.)
Core-aligned writing lesson on gun debate fuels claims of political agenda. Common Core backers are sneaking a
social and political agenda into nationalized curriculum, say critics, who now have new ammo in a writing lesson plan for
teachers that they say gives a slanted perspective of the gun debate. A study guide dubbed, "The Battle Over Gun Control,"
authored by KQED, a northern Californian affiliate of National Public Radio, and the nonprofit, taxpayer-subsidized National
Writing Project, states that "moderate gun control" measures introduced following the Sandy Hook school massacre were
deep-sixed by the "powerful political influence" of the NRA. Second Amendment advocates say the wording, in supplemental
material designed to help teachers plan instruction, frames the debate in a one-sided fashion aimed at influencing young minds.
Perspective on Mass
Shootings. This graphic gives needed perspective on the "epidemic" of mass shootings. The question an unbiased
observer might ask is "Why is such enormous attention given to such a tiny fraction of deaths? The answer is fairly easy to
understand. The media gains both monetary and political benefits from hyping these shootings. They gain monetary
benefits from increased attention to their programs and advertiser base, but that does not explain why similar mass killings
get far less coverage.
Obama Scandals The Mainstream Press Is Ignoring. Every time there's a shooting, gun control takes center stage.
But when illegal immigrants kill and maim, there's not a peep about Obama's failed immigration-enforcement policies. Where are
the tearful stories of families ripped apart by a violent illegal let loose by Obama's immigration department?
Unhinged Daily News Writer Wants NRA
Designated A "Terrorist Group". [Linda] Stasi doesn't explain how she gets the staggering total of 87,423 people "murdered or spree
killed via gun or assault rifle," and that's because she can't. This number is entirely fabricated. In 2012 there were 8,855 murders
committed with a firearm in the United States (just 322 from rifles of all kinds, of which "assault rifles" are only a small part). In
2013 there were 8,454 murders committed with a firearm in the United States (just 285 from rifles of all kinds, of which "assault rifles"
are only a small part).
New York Times Mistates Federal Gun Law, Hillary Gun
Record. The New York Times published a piece Monday [10/5/2015] that misstated federal gun law and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary
Clinton's position on gun control. In a piece detailing Clinton's new gun control proposals, the paper implied that gun sales made at gun shows or online are
different than sales made elsewhere. "A central issue in Mrs. Clinton's proposals are the background checks on prospective gun buyers, which are required for
retailers at stores," New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman wrote in the piece. "But under federal law, they are not required at gun shows or over
the Internet with private sellers."
Coming Cultural Shift On Guns, Take 45. The headline on the Daily Beast in the wake of the shootings at a community college
in Roseburg, Ore., didn't exactly come as a surprise. "The New Crusade for Gun Control: The Brady Campaign hopes we're about to see
a cultural shift in the debate over guns and has a plan to capitalize on that change." What is somewhat surprising is that the press
falls for this claim over and over again. After every gun tragedy, gun control advocates talk about how this latest one is the one
that will change American minds about the prevalence of guns in the U.S. And every time, journalists write about it as though it were
a real prospect. But then, sure enough, gun sales go up after each shooting, and nothing, or next to nothing, gets achieved.
Barro: 'Massive' Gun Grab Only Way To Impact Violent Crime. Give Josh Barro credit for candor. When it comes to guns,
the New York Times correspondent makes no bones about the kind of draconian, Second Amendment-defying approach he thinks is necessary.
Forget about expanded background checks or other such measures. The only way to have a "big impact on violent crime," according to Barro,
is to emulate Australia and "really take away massive amounts of guns that people have, reduce the rate of gun ownership substantially."
Claims Private Gun Ownership Endangers Police. [T]he study was conducted during the years 1996-2010, which
means it missed the fact that New York's gun control got even stricter beginning in 2013 — discouraging gun
ownership even further — yet many of the most prominent officer shootings in recent memory took place in NYC.
For example, NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were gunned down in an ambush attack on December 20, 2014, while
sitting in their patrol car. And on May 2, 2015, NYPD Officer Brian Moore was fatally wounded with a stolen gun.
He died on May 4. But these attacks on officers were not part of the American Journal of Public Health study.
Mitchell Tries to Portray Abdulazeez as a Gun Nut. Desperately looking for a way to
avoid pegging the Chattanooga murderer Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez as anything but a terrorist,
MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell asked a childhood friend of the killer what he liked to do in "small town
Tennessee": [...] Abdulzaeez apparently owned some guns, but it is unknown whether he bought them
after his return from the Middle East last year. For a terrorist, guns are a tool of the trade and
not a means of self defense or anything to take pleasure from on a hunt. For Mitchell to try and
equate terrorism with the gun culture instead of trying to get to the bottom of the shooter's
radicalization is horrible journalism.
Williams: 'I Am Baffled' By Push To Arm Marines In Recruiting Centers. On July 17 — the day
after Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez allegedly opened fire on a recruiting center and then a reserve center, gunning down
four US Marines — Fox News' Juan Williams said he is "baffled" by the push to end gun free zones in military
recruiting centers. He said the center which was targeted is in a "strip mall" and that changing the gun-free
policy would mean people would be walking around with guns, which could lead to "workplace violence." He also
suggested it could create a situation where a simple "dispute in the parking lot" could escalate into armed confrontation.
The Editor says...
Obviously Juan Williams is completely terrified of guns, has no experience with guns, and doesn't understand what it's like
to live in a peaceful city. His assumption that guns naturally lead to "workplace violence" indicates that he doesn't
know much about self-control. Why don't karate experts beat up their neighbors and co-workers when disputes
arise? Because they exhibit self-control. Similarly, people who carry concealed weapons know that the consequences
of their actions can be permanent, which makes it especially important to refrain from action unless it's unavoidable.
In the Chattanooga case, there was indeed "workplace violence," from which the Marines were unable to defend themselves.
Do Liberals Actually Want To Do About Guns? Earlier this year, Dylann Roof was arrested
and charged for felony possession of the prescription-only drug Suboxone. His case is still
pending. Federal law prohibits people with pending felony charges from obtaining firearms.
Yet, here's how a glaringly misleading Washington Post headline characterizes this federal
prohibition: "The legal loophole that allowed Dylann Roof to get a gun." The piece, you
may not be surprised, doesn't offer a single "legal loophole" that allowed Dylann Roof to obtain a
gun. It only offers up examples of laws that Roof ignored.
CNN's Sick Pattern of Using the Dead as Political Weapons Against the Right. Under the
leadership of Jeff Zucker, we have all witnessed CNN turn into The PornTragedy Network, a ghoulish
reality show channel that grabs hold of human disasters and milks them dry. That's bad enough,
but CNN goes even further. If you are paying attention, you will see that every tragedy is also
exploited by CNN into a political weapon to be used against their enemies on the Right. Even
before Zucker, when more than a dozen children were massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary, CNN went all
in on gun control.
Media Stunned That Good Guy Could Legally Shoot Bad Guy. A female Knoxville convenience store
clerk is very lucky that her male friend was at the right place at the right time. The man was sitting
in his parked vehicle when he noticed an armed robber force the clerk behind the counter at gunpoint.
The male friend retrieved his own handgun from his vehicle and quickly ended the threat.
Guns': Columbia University's 'workshop' for journalists far from objective. Columbia
University would never sponsor an event funded by the National Rifle Association. What's more,
the idea would seem especially outlandish if most of the speakers at the event were NRA
supporters. Yet, gun control advocate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his
gun control group Everytown are now funding a two-day workshop in Phoenix on Friday and Saturday
sponsored by Columbia University's Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. The event will bring
together journalists from around the country to learn about "covering guns and gun violence."
Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center, claims that there is "no party line" and calls
the workshop "very balanced."
Where's the coverage of
heroes who stop mass killings? Heroic citizens stopping someone from killing a large number of people don't seem to be
considered news worthy. Don't people want to read about a brave soul risking his life by running towards the sound of gunfire
while others run away? Yet, such stories never get national news coverage by the national mainstream media. While
accidental gunshots get national coverage, few people have any idea how often concealed handgun permit holders stopping mass killings.
protected, connected liberal media elite. On Dec. 23, 2012, former NBC anchor David
Gregory hosted an interview with National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre
on "Meet the Press." As expected, the interview was hostile, with Gregory repeatedly badgering
LaPierre over his not supporting a federal high-capacity magazine ban. But instead of simply talking
about 30-round magazines, Gregory brought one on set to wave in front of the cameras. The problem?
The "Meet the Press" studio is located in Washington, D.C., where merely possessing an empty high-capacity
magazine is illegal.
New York Times doesn't have a clue about the meaning of the Second Amendment.
[Quoting Noah Webster:] ["]Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they
are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by
the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands
of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.["]
Post: Disarming Police Might Save Lives. On February 18, The Washington Post
highlighted five countries where "officers are unarmed when they are on patrol" and suggested that
unarmed officers "have saved lives — exactly because they were unable to shoot." The
five countries cited as examples were Britain, Ireland, Norway, Iceland, and New Zealand. The WaPo
quotes Northern Michigan University Associate Professor Guomundur Oddsson's explanation that "the
practice [of using unarmed police] is rooted in tradition and belief that arming the police with
guns engenders more gun violence than it prevents."
Obtained: David Gregory Arrest Warrant Affidavit. This is likely the final chapter in
the saga of our two-year long fight to obtain important documents regarding the non-prosecution of
David Gregory for possessing on Meet the Press an illegal high-capacity ammunition magazine.
The short version is that the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department warned NBC News that it could not
possess an actual high-capacity magazine, but NBC News went ahead and did it anyway.
The bias against guns: What the media isn't
telling you. [Late last year] a 2-year-old accidentally shot and killed his mother at a Wal-Mart
in rural Idaho. The victim was Veronica Rutledge, a 29-year-old concealed handgun permit holder. The
child had reached into his mother's purse. Massive news coverage ensued. Tragedies like these make
headlines. That's understandable. But where was the news media on the previous day, when concealed
handgun permit holders likely saved multiple lives? [...]
The FBI's bogus
report on mass shootings. It's disheartening to see the FBI used to promote a political
agenda, but that's what we got with the bureau's release last month of a study claiming to show a sharp
rise in mass shootings, a la Newtown, Conn. The FBI counted 160 "mass" or "active" shootings
in public places from 2000 to 2013. Worse, it said these attacks rose from just one in 2000 to 17
in 2013. Media outlets worldwide gave the "news" extensive coverage. Too bad the study is
remarkably shoddy — slicing the evidence to distort the results. In fact, mass public
shootings have only risen ever so slightly over the last four decades.
You Can't Keep A Good
Myth Down. First, this past Sunday, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof
repeated the canard about guns being dangerous to their owners. A "study in the journal Injury
Prevention," he wrote, "found that the purchase of a handgun was associated with 2.4 times the risk
of being murdered and 6.8 times the risk of suicide." No kidding. As a lifelong subscriber to
Injury Prevention, I could have told Kristof that people who live in crime-ridden neighborhoods or who have
friends or professions that increase their likelihood of being killed — or who plan to commit
suicide — are astronomically more likely to buy handguns than people whose lifestyles
do not put them at such risks.
Newspapers Call For Mandatory Gun Confiscation. NJ.com, a consortium of reliably
left-wing newspapers in the Garden State, has published an op-ed calling for the scrapping of the
Second Amendment: [...] The editorialist then laments that, "We understand this is not going to
happen. Neither American courts nor most of the public would support it." And yet, they champion
it still. There is a smug naivete in the minds of gun control supporters, combined with a basic
Years Of Lies, NY Times Admits "Assault Weapons Are A Myth". In a stunning op-ed
released Friday [9/13/2014], the NY Times finally admitted that "assault weapons" are a made-up
political term fabricated by anti-gun Democrats. Op-ed writer Lois Beckett also admitted that
once the term was manufactured and used to outlaw a class of weapons that dishonest anti-gun
Democrats had used to con an entire nation, nothing happened.
Fox News Clueless
About Guns. When you can't trust an allegedly conservative media outlet to properly
cover firearms, it's time to realize that the entire Second Amendment fight is completely up to you.
Individual Right to Gun Ownership Created by Supreme Court in 2008. On June 22
Washington Post reporter Robert Barnes argued that the Supreme Court created the individual right
to keep and bear arms in 2008, via District of Columbia v. Heller. No attempt to grapple
with our Founding Father's words or intentions was made, but Barnes did make clear his belief that
Justice Anthony Kennedy will be key to restricting the right the court allegedly created.
Mass Murderers Really White? [Scroll down] Then again, this all could just be the result of the
new Common Core math. Take Elliot Rodger, for instance. He killed half his victims with a knife,
but the whole focus was on guns. (And he's widely referred to as a "shooter." I think he was a
slasher.) He was half Asian, but the whole focus was on whites. You could also call it situational
attribution: a mixed race person is defined by his minority half when he achieves, as with our
first "black" president. But when such an individual is recognized as having committed a crime,
he's suddenly white. This can only make us wonder how long it will be before Barack Obama becomes white.
Media Finally Gets The Mass Shooter It Always Wanted. Remember the retractions from
people like The Nation's Eric Alterman and HuffPo's Elise Foley after a DHS report tying Jared
Loughner to a white advocacy website turned out to be just "brainstorming"? Then when even the
Anti-Defamation League had trouble claiming Loughner was an anti-Semite, we blamed Sarah Palin,
because what kind of adult wouldn't fly into a homicidal rage at the sight of bullseyes on a map?
Then when even that strained credulity, the culprit became "anti-government, pro-gun, xenophobic
populism." You know, the stuff all those hayseeds in flyover country believe. Nevermind that one of
his childhood friends claimed that Loughner's politics were left-wing, he smoked pot, and at one
time listened to the radical anti-capitalist band Anti-Flag.
Media Attempts To Grant "Absolute Moral Authority" To The Gun Control Movement. So
Mr. Martinez wants us to approach his arguments from a rational perspective? We can do that.
We can start by noting that equating handguns to nuclear weapons is a fallacious argument to be made
by schoolchildren, not by serious adults looking for real solutions to a complex problem of
balancing the constitutional rights of the individual, the desires of the community, and the will
of the state. Martinez's claim that, "Nobody needs to own three semi-automatic handguns," is
likewise a fallacious argument. No matter how distraught he is at the moment, Mr. Martinez is
arguing his opinion. He is not arguing facts. His arguments are from the
heart. They are sincere. They are well-intentioned. They are also misguided and dangerous.
mainstream media mistruths about firearms research. Support for gun control has been plummeting, reaching its lowest level
since such poll questions began. Gun control advocates are desperate to change this, and they know that the mainstream media is
only too happy to repeat whatever questionable "facts" they put out.
Obvious: ABC Warns Americans Not to Hide Rifles at Playgrounds. The journalists at ABC News offered yet another high profile
experiment to terrify the parents of America into not owning guns. In an hour-long special on Friday night [1/31/2014], Diane Sawyer and
David Muir hid pink guns at the playground of an elementary school in an effort to see if young girls would play with them. Unsurprisingly,
the young children did. The Young Guns program also included the obvious revelation that firearms shouldn't be concealed in
backpacks and with candy.
The Editor says...
If James O'Keefe did the same thing, he would get arrested.
Newspaper chain plans
'state-by- state' concealed weapon databases. A national newspaper chain with nearly 100 publications and 1.6 million readers is
considering building "state-by-state databases" on concealed weapons permit holders, according to an internal e-mail. The plan, laid out in an
email from a top editor at North Carolina-based Civitas Media, could be similar to a controversial project a New York state newspaper carried out in
2012 which included an online map that identified gun owners in two counties by name and address.
Update: Newspaper boss says gun permit database
idea was misfire. A national newspaper chain never intended to create a multi-state database of gun owners with permits allowing them to
carry concealed weapons according to its top executive, who told FoxNews.com a "poorly crafted" internal memo erroneously indicated such an idea was
The Editor says...
The only thing missing from this story is somebody saying, "Can't you take a joke?", which is what left-wingers say when their
plans are exposed and quickly retracted.
10 Forms of 2013 Media Malpractice. [#1] Pretend
that "no one" is saying something, when they really are. Carol Costello of CNN claimed in January that "no one
is talking about overturning the Second Amendment or confiscating guns in America." In the three preceding weeks, New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo had said that "confiscation could be an option"; an Iowa state representative had "said governments should
start confiscating semi-automatic rifles and other firearms"; and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California had suggested a
gun-buyback program which "could be compulsory." In early December, New York City's police department sent out "letters
telling gun owners to turn over their rifles and shotguns — or else face the consequences," i.e., confiscation.
The Media's Shooting Bias. Last week, the lawyer Gabriel Malor compiled a list
of recent events that have been unthinkingly blamed on the Right. Among them are the case of census-taker Bill Sparkman, who hanged himself in Kentucky
(the Tea Party was blamed); the case of Joe Stack, a devotee of The Communist Manifesto who flew a plane into an IRS building in 2010 (anti-tax rhetoric was
blamed); the case of Obama voter Amy Bishop, who in 2010 shot her fellow faculty members at the University of Alabama (the Tea Party was blamed); the case
of misanthropic environmentalist James Lee, who took hostages at the Discovery Channel (climate-change "deniers" were blamed); and the Boston Marathon bombing,
which was carried out by jihadists — after right-wingers were blamed and a non-existent and wholly coincidental link with Patriot's Day was mooted.
Guns & Ammo Fires Editor After
Publishing Editorial Calling for Gun Control. Guns and Ammo Magazine, the "world's most widely read firearms magazine," has fired
contributing editor Dick Metcalf after the publication received immense backlash for its December 2013 issue featuring his editorial advocating for gun
control. "Way too many gun owners still seem to believe that any regulation of the right to keep and bear arms is an infringement," Metcalf wrote
in the column titled "Let's Talk Limits." "The fact is, all constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be."
A Quick Note on Weaponry and Language.
I just watched the press conference from Los Angeles airport and I was irritated as usual by the way in which law enforcement agents and politicians who
should know better throw around incorrect terminology to the press. Over and over, we were told that the shooter at LAX used an "assault rifle."
This is now being repeated widely. There is one key problem with this: It's not true. We can argue all day about the silly "assault
weapon" term, but "assault rifle" actually has a meaning. An "assault rifle" means that the rifle can be switched between safe (off, in
layman's terms), semi-automatic, and automatic fire.
NPR Admits: More Guns, Less Crime.
When even people like John Kerry and Barack Obama pay no attention to National Public Radio (NPR), must taxpayers be forced to continue subsidizing it?
To its credit, this week NPR ran the following bombshell headline: "The U.S. Has More Guns, but Russia Has More Murders." In other words,
paraphrasing Dr. John Lott, Jr.: more guns, less crime. Welcome aboard, NPR.
An unanswered question in the Navy Yard mass murder.
In a post yesterday, Aleister noted how quickly the media dropped any interest in the politics of the Navy Yard shooter — as soon as it became clear that
the was a mentally-ill liberal black man, not a conservative/Tea Party/right-wing white guy. [...] The same phenomenon took place as to the Family Research Council
shooter, motivated by a Southern Poverty Law Center hate watch list. Almost complete media disinterest, including in the sentencing this week.
Why Has The Media Stopped Talking About The Navy
Yard Shooter? The media typically loves stories about people who go on shooting sprees but just a few days after the Navy Yard shooting story broke,
no one in the media is talking about it anymore. Why? The answer is pretty simple. The story didn't fit the media's preferred gun control narrative.
Had the story been about a white Tea Party member as everyone in the liberal media was hoping, we'd still be bombarded with coverage of the story.
Black guy? Liberal? Mentally ill? The story no longer served any purpose for the left's agenda so it was dropped.
The Media's Hair-Trigger AR-15 Obsession.
The news media seemed to seize on one particular aspect of Monday's [9/16/2013] reprehensible shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.: reports
that the shooter had used an AR-15, a semi-automatic rifle that's supposedly the weapon of choice of mass killers. Several news stations mistakenly
reported that Alexis had arrived at the Navy Yard with an AR-15, and that his body was found with a shotgun, a pistol, and that particular rifle.
The FBI now says that he used a shotgun and two pistols, and no AR-15 at all.
L.A., Chicago Rank 1 and 2 for Gun Murders;
N.O. Has Highest Rate. The Los Angeles and Chicago metropolitan areas had the most gun murders among the nation's fifty most-populous
metropolitan areas in 2009 and 2010 (the latest years for which data is available), according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. During those two years, 1,141 people were gunned to death in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and 1,139 were
gunned to death in the Chicago metropolitan area. The New York metropolitan area ranked third with 1,101 gun homicides.
The Editor says...
I read a lot of news articles, and this is the first time I've ever seen a firearm-related homicide described as someone having
been "gunned to death."
AG denies all media requests to ID those with concealed carry weapons permits. Montana's Attorney General Tim Fox has taken a
stand against revealing the identities of concealed weapon permit holders. All 50 states now have laws permitting qualified
individuals to own and carry concealed firearms. But emotions have flared over identifying all those as a class. A firestorm of
controversy erupted last winter when a suburban New York newspaper, citing the public's right to know, published the names and addresses of all
licensed handgun owners in Rockland and Westchester counties.
After Gun Debate, Media
Credibility Is Shot. Normally, the people who cover the media industry try studiously to avoid mentioning the very obvious fact that
America's elite journalists are overwhelmingly liberal and that one can discern this by reviewing their output. [...] In the case of the recent
journalist meltdown over gun control, the bias was so overwhelming, even Politico's cautious media reporter Dylan Byers had to admit the obvious.
Gun debate triggered media bias.
If you thought President Obama was outraged after the Senate killed the plan to expand background checks on guns, you should have seen some
members of the press. Even by the standards of today's partisan media environment, the response has been noteworthy. [...] The decision by
some members of the media to come down so firmly on one side of a policy debate has only served to reinforce conservatives' longstanding
suspicions that the mainstream media has a deep-seated liberal bias.
Cares About Gun Control Except the Media. Gallup released a poll Monday that asked Americans to list the most important problems
currently facing the country. Despite the fact that the media has been on a months-long, 24/7 crusade to convince DC lawmakers to
restrict our Second Amendment civil rights, this propaganda push has failed miserably with the overall population: Only 4% of Americans
see gun control as a priority.
How the Media Blew the Gun
Control Debate. With the total and complete defeat of gun control legislation late Wednesday afternoon, the media learned
something they had obviously forgotten since pushing Obama over the reelection finish line: They do not run the country. And
from what we are seeing across the media landscape since the handing down of this defeat (which was followed by a full-blown presidential
hissy fit), this realization has been quite a slap to the face.
The Top 50 Liberal Media Bias Examples. [#48] Guns Are Evil:
A typical line of bias against guns employed by the media is that of "expert" testimony. An example might be the 2009 story ABC put out that aired the opinions
of a rabid anti-gun group, but did not tell the viewers that those being presented as "experts" had a political agenda.
NY Times Columnists Embarrass Themselves on Guns in Sunday Review. Two New York Times columnists embarrassed themselves over
the weekend, betraying anti-gun ignorance in the paper's Sunday Review. Frank Bruni went hunting for the first time (with the chef of a ritzy
Manhattan restaurant), and remarked "what an unfair fight" hunting is, as if he was the first person to think that up.
A Reporter Explains Why Gun
Coverage Is So Biased. [Scroll down] What a wonderful image! A reporter who covers news stories involving firearms
actually fires a gun, presumably for the first time in his or her life, and responds by screaming and dropping the pistol. Priceless!
Comcast pulls local
stores' commercials over gun policy. Comcast is slowly but surely erasing guns from all its advertising, and shop owners in
Georgia and New Jersey are the latest to be told their ads will be pulled if they don't take out all reference to weapons. Ray
Reynolds owns United Loan and Firearms, a pawn shop in Augusta. He told the Augusta Chronicle on Monday [3/25/2013] he was notified
last week that his ads would be pulled from the local Comcast cable station unless he took out all references to guns —
including in his shop name.
Play Up Faulty Study Suggeting Link Between Guns, Death Rates. Do fewer guns mean fewer firearm deaths? If you believe
the March 6th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association of Internal Medicine, the answer is "yes." A study by Eric
Fleegler and four other co-authors received massive national news coverage from USA Today to the television networks. But the report
is based on embarrassingly bad statistics that are rigged to get the result the authors wanted.
Matthews: Support Gun Control or an American President Could Be Murdered. In a closing commentary on Wednesday [2/27/2013],
Hardball's Chris Matthews ranted that opposing gun control could lead to the assassination of a future American president or politician.
Matthews fumed that he supports new restrictions because "the next mass shooter could well emerge out of this pack" of the "politically
On CNN, Cause of
Chicago Violence Is — You Guessed It — The GOP. Chicago hasn't had a Republican mayor in over 80 years.
Democrats have controlled the Illinois governor's mansion and both houses of the legislature for more than a decade, with Democrats
ruling the Illinois House for 28 of the last 30 years. No matter, Chicago violence is the fault of Republicans.
We learned that this morning [2/22/2013] on CNN Newsroom [...]
The David Gregory
police mystery. The District of Columbia seems not to want the public to know what it did — if
anything — while investigating NBC News' David Gregory for possession of an illegal 30-round magazine.
The police refuse to turn over the public documents in the case, and the city council is allowing them to stonewall.
When Crazed Shooters Can't Be
Linked To The Tea Party, Media Displays Admirable Restraint. Had either shooter [Dorner or Corkins] possessed even a tenuous link to a conservative group,
a media-driven hysteria about the malevolent influence of right-wing broadcasters and commentators would be gripping the nation today. Fortunately, when a crazed
shooter's ideology is explicitly and demonstrably left-wing, the media displays admirable restraint about linking a gunman's politics to their acts of violence.
Alinsky Tactics Used Against Legal Gun Owners. The gun control
debate has taken a sinister turn with the publication by a Gannett owned newspaper of the names and addresses of people within
the New York City area possessing a permit to own a handgun. The newspaper states the information was compiled using public
records, but why? Why has the Gannett owned newspaper done this? A journalist might answer that the public has a right
to know, and I would ask him to point out that right in the Constitution. The right to bear arms is clearly laid out there,
but I don't recall seeing any right for the public to know anything.
Mass-Murderer's Manifesto Endorses Hillary, Obama, Gun Control, Elite Media. Chris Dorner, the former-police officer
suspected of being behind the murder rampage presently unfolding in Los Angeles, has apparently left behind a manifesto addressed to
America that the media's already selectively reporting on to leave out the more inconvenient portions. You see, there's no
political upside for the media to reveal the politics of this suspected madman.
ABC, CBS, NBC Slant 8 to 1 for Obama's Gun Control Crusade. CBS was the most stridently anti-gun rights network.
By a whopping 22 to 1 ratio, CBS aired more stories that favored gun control (44) to those that supported gun rights (2),
with 37 neutral pieces. ABC aired almost six times as many stories that favored gun control (29) to those that favored gun
rights, with 25 neutral stories.
A Case Study in Media Bias.
I made the mistake of taking in NBC's national news broadcast Thursday evening [1/31/2013], and it fell below even the usual low standards
for network news bias and reportorial incompetence. NBC essentially handed off their lead story to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun
This story was scrubbed one day after it appeared. How did the Seattle buyback turn into
a flea market for guns? The Seattle Police's gun buyback event yesterday turned into an ad hoc, unregulated flea market
for weapons, with a Stinger missile launcher as the headliner. The event, paid for by private donations, drew such a crowd that the
buyback line stretched for hours. That made the private gun buyers, hanging out at the edges, a more attractive option for some,
including the guy who sold the non-functioning missile launcher to a private collector. That's not explicitly illegal.
'Heckle' and Jive. It
started as an awkwardly written article by Ken Dixon, a reporter at the Connecticut Post of Bridgeport. It became a fast-moving
rumor and in some cases an outright lie propagated by national journalists.
"Assault Weapons" Ban: What's It All About? Today [1/24/2013] Senator Dianne Feinstein unveiled her long-promised
legislation to ban "assault weapons." Since there is no such thing as an assault weapon, we will have to read the text of the
law to see what it actually does. So far, I haven't seen the text anywhere, but Feinstein's web site has a fairly detailed
description of the bill, including a list of the 157 weapons that are specifically banned. News coverage of Feinstein's
proposal has been laughably bad.
18 of 20 Top Newspapers Push Gun Control in Editorials. At one time, newspapers were America's source for news and current
events. Today it's a completely different story. While President Obama has declared a push to ban or limit types of guns, the
nation's major newspapers are nearly unanimous in their support of gun control. The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and
other most-popular papers led the list.
Gun-Grabbers Create a 'No Buy List' Using Your Prescription Records? Is it completely absurd to envision an overreaching Department
of Justice — via the Bureau of Justice Assistance — putting "at risk" Americans on a "no buy list" for guns, similar to the
TSA's "no fly list"? Shortly after the President's announcement at the White House on Wednesday [1/16/2013] Wolf Blitzer told Rep. Steve
Toth (R-TX) on CNN, "Right now you can be on a "no fly list." You're not allowed to board a plane and you can go to a gun show to buy a
gun. Is there a contradiction?" Hypothetically, would you be on the "no buy list"? Perhaps you would be asked, "Do you now, or
have you ever taken Xanax or Ativan for anxiety?" (Of course, there's no need to ask, the authorities already know).
How Our Media Mislead on Guns.
Will the ignorance on firearms ever end? If they insist on writing about guns, isn't it reasonable to expect that news organizations will
employ someone, a reporter or editor, who knows something about them?
Lawmaker Joe Morrissey Brings AK-47 to Virginia State Capitol. A Virginia state lawmaker raised eyebrows to say the least when he
tried to make a point about assault weapons by bringing an AK-47 into the State Capitol! The shocking video shows Democratic State Delegate
Joe Morrissey speaking on the floor of the state House of Delegates when he pulled out an unloaded AK-47. The move drew gasps from fellow
AK-47 sparks gun debate on House floor. A Richmond-area lawmaker brandished an AK-47 on the floor of the Virginia House of
Delegates on Thursday [1/17/2013] in a wild stunt aimed at rallying support for tougher gun laws. Del. Joe Morrissey, D-Highland
Springs, pulled the weapon out shortly after the day's session got underway, a time when legislators typically welcome school groups and
other visitors in the chamber's gallery.
The Editor says...
Imagine the uproar and the coast-to-coast headlines if a Republican had done this.
O'Keefe meets and films armed security at the homes of Journal-News journalists. Veritas video reporter James O'Keefe has released
a new video of his team posing as an anti-gun group promoting an initiative to journalists. At each home, the group dubbed as "Citizens
Against Senseless Violence" asks each homeowner if they are willing to put up a "Gun Free" sign in their yard. O'Keefe primarily focuses
his efforts on employees of the Journal-News — the New York newspaper that published a controversial map of registered gun owners
President Schools Candy Crowley: Obama and Feinstein Are Driving Gun Sales Not Us! CNN's Candy Crowley on Sunday [1/13/2013]
floated the typical media nonsense about how the National Rifle Association is ginning up fear to sell more guns in the wake of the massacre
in Newtown, Connecticut. Fortunately for State of the Union viewers, NRA President David Keene was on the set to correctly point
out, "The two people who are selling so-called assault rifles are Senator Feinstein and President Obama not us".
Actually Covers Gun Self-Defense Case Promoted By NRA; ABC, NBC Punt. On Friday's [1/11/2013] CBS This Morning, Bill
Plante refreshingly spotlighted how firearms are used to protect the lives of ordinary Americans. Plante noted how the National
Rifle Association "Tweeted a story... about Melinda Herman, a Georgia woman who shot an intruder in self-defense as she waited with
her two children in a closet.... She fired at the man multiple times with a .38 caliber handgun." The two other
Big Three morning shows failed to mention this story during their coverage of the current gun control debate.
The Real Gun-Control Consensus.
By this week, the elites were calling for a gun-control agenda unmatched in modern times. The closing of the gun-show "loophole"?
Restrictions on large-capacity clips? An "assault weapons" ban? They want all that, plus a national gun database, and a background
check for every gun sale, and similar checks for ammunition sales, and regulation of Internet transactions, and Michael Bloomberg crowned
emperor. (A position for which Mr. Bloomberg no doubt believes himself suited.) The media have reported all this as rational,
reasonable and doable.
Doing the research the New York Times
won't do. In Sunday's New York Times, Elisabeth Rosenthal claimed, as the title of her article put it, "More Guns = More Killing."
She based this on evidence that would never be permitted in any other context at the Times: (1) anecdotal observations; and (2) bald
assertions of an activist, blandly repeated with absolutely no independent fact-checking by the Times.
Aren't As Trigger-Happy As Media Claim. In the middle of a lengthy and uncharacteristically civil interview on Piers Morgan Tonight
[1/8/2013], former Marine Joshua Boston said, "The American people aren't as gun-happy and trigger-happy as they're being painted out to be by the
media. They are smarter than that. They know when to hold their fire. They know when to fire."
Gun-Control Zealots Target
Law-Abiding Citizens. What public service is performed when newspapers and websites tell criminals where prison guards and
retired cops live, and endanger the lives of people who've never had so much as a parking ticket?
School Shooting in Tennessee That National Media Did
Not Report. I am sure that no one outside of our immediate region has ever heard the story, because the only person who was
shot — and killed — was the gunman. These types of stories don't fit the narrative of those who want "gun-free zones"
and so are ignored by the national media.
Rupert Murdoch Backs Obama's Gun Grab.
An honest account of media misinformation after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy has to take into account Rupert Murdoch's tweet about
the need to ban "automatic weapons," when none was used to kill any of the 26 people. Can the chairman of News Corporation, the
parent of Fox News, be this ignorant about the nature of gun laws and guns in America? He asked, "When will politicians find courage
to ban automatic weapons?" He urged Obama to exercise "bold leadership" on the issue.
Fair: Second Amendment 'Must Be Removed from the Constitution'. On January 2, Vanity Fair ran an all-out attack on the
constitution, the 2nd Amendment, and common sense in a column by Kurt Eichenwald titled, "Let's Repeal the Second Amendment."
Eichenwald's approach consists of attacking the NRA, arguing that gun owners avoid discussing more gun control by saying they don't want
to "politicize" shootings, and taking the standard progressive position that there wasn't really a right to keep and bear arms until
Justice Antonin Scalia created one in recent Supreme Court decisions.
The David Gregory magazine story continues to unfold: Laws, little people and the public interest.
The David Gregory ammo magazine saga continues. Where does it stand now? From the sound of things, NBC kept asking for
permission for Gregory to wave the magazines around on the air until somebody said "yes," but that still didn't mean it would be legal.
CNN's O'Brien Urges Obama to "Track" People and
Firearms. The Washington Post story, "Media figures on left and right call for new gun-control laws," hailed Soledad O'Brien of CNN for
taking a stand in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings. Pretending to be an intellectual heavyweight on the subject, she declared on the channel
that the problem in society is "access to semiautomatic weapons." O'Brien's embarrassing outburst, which continued for several minutes during an
interview with Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), is another indication of why CNN fails to attract many viewers.
newspaper faces backlash after publishing map of gun permit holders. A local New York newspaper is drawing the ire of its readers
after publishing an interactive map that shows the names and addresses of thousands of residents who have handgun permits. The online map was
published by The Journal News along with an article under the headline: "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons
in your neighborhood."
If it's so dangerous to identify homes that are "gun-free" zones, why do we do it to our schools? Revealing Gun-owners Names Reveals Truth.
A birdcage liner in my county of Westchester, NY, The Journal News, has made national headlines by releasing the addresses of county residents
licensed to own a handgun. The paper claims that in the wake of the Newtown shooting, citizens want to know more about the arsenals their
neighbors may possess. Of course, the rag's real motivation is obvious: it wants to "out" firearms owners.
McFortress: An antigun newspaper avails
itself of the Second Amendment. Under normal circumstances, a company's lawful security arrangements would hardly be
newsworthy. But as we noted Monday, the Journal News provoked the bitter backlash that so frightened [Caryn] McBride by publishing
a report in which it named residents of the two counties who have done exactly what the Journal News has now done: lawfully
availed themselves of their rights under the Second Amendment.
The Journal News is Armed and
Dangerous. A Clarkstown police report issued on December 28, 2012, confirmed that The Journal News has hired
armed security guards from New City-based RGA Investigations and that they are manning the newspaper's Rockland County
headquarters at 1 Crosfield Ave., West Nyack, through at least tomorrow, Wednesday, January 2, 2013.
'Journal News' hires
armed security guards. The Journal News of West Nyack, N.Y., has hired armed security guards to defend its offices after
receiving a torrent of phone calls and emails responding to the paper's publication of the names and addresses of area residents with
Oh, the Irony. The Journal News — the
newspaper that mapped the home addresses of the law-abiding handgun owners in its area — has hired armed guards. [...] This
action has the effect of putting the Journal News on its own map of gun owners. Which will make it and its staff safer.
Any chance they'll learn anything from all this?
Newspaper's Gun Map Would've Made the Job Easier, Safer. Reformed crooks say the New York newspaper that published a map
of names and addresses of gun owners did a great service — to their old cronies in the burglary trade. The information
published online by the Journal-News, a daily paper serving the New York suburbs of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, could be
highly useful to thieves in two ways, former burglars told FoxNews.com.
'Gun Map' Newspaper in
Circulation Free Fall. Buried at the bottom of a New York Times piece might be the real reason to explain why
New York's Journal News did something as sensationally stupid as publishing the names and addresses of over 30,000 legal gun owners living
in two New York counties. In just five years, the Journal News' Monday through Friday circulation rate has plummeted
almost 40%, "from 111,536 in September 2007 to 68,850 in September 2012."
Chickens come home; roost. Burglars Hit Home of Gun
Owner ID'd by Newspaper. The home of a gun owner, whose address was published by a New York newspaper, has been burglarized and a
state lawmaker said it appears the burglars may have used the newspaper's map to target the residence. "Luckily the gun was locked up and
no one was hurt," Sen. Greg Ball said. The residence in White Plains, was identified in an interactive map that identified the names and
addresses individuals who have gun permits. It was published by The Journal News — a Gannett Co. newspaper.
Home Burglary Tied to
Journal News' Gun Map Reported. On Jan 13, New York State senator Gregory Ball announced that a burglary had been reported which
appears to be a direct result of the Journal News' gun-owner-name-dump. According to Sen. Ball's announcement, the burglar allegedly
"used the Journal News' interactive gun map to target a home included on the map."
Gun-Outing Newspaper Removes Names,
Addresses from Map. Citing public safety issues, as late as last Tuesday [1/15/2013] a group of 50 current and former law
enforcement officials gathered to demand that the newspaper remove the names from public view. As soon as the map became an issue,
legislators began efforts to change the state's laws to make it illegal to out gun owner's names.
Gregory Mocks NRA Security Guard Idea But Sends Own Kids to Guarded School. On NBC's Meet The Press over the weekend, David
Gregory was quite confrontational with the Vice President of the National Rifle Association over the organization's idea of putting armed security
guards in every school in America. But even as Gregory mocked the NRA for the idea, he seems to see nothing wrong with sending his own kids to a
school that has armed security guards each school day.
MTP: Likely Broke DC Law. Two blog posts today should shred the credibility of Meet the Press's David Gregory in making arguments for gun
control and against appropriate armed staff or security personnel at schools — or they would, if journalists had the least bit of interest
in exposing lawbreaking and hyprocritical behavior by their professional colleagues.
David Gregory presses NRA's Wayne
LaPierre, may have violated DC law. On Sunday's broadcast of NBC's "Meet the Press," moderator David Gregory took a very aggressive
posture in his exclusive interview with NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre. After a series of LaPierre's answers appeared to
frustrate him, Gregory lashed out at LaPierre and held up a high-capacity ammunition magazine, leading to a back-and-forth between Gregory and LaPierre.
Investigating NBC's Gregory for Brandishing Illegal Magazine. In a discussion about gun control, host David Gregory brandished a 30-round
magazine purportedly for an AR-15 or similar "assault rifle." The discussion took place on December 23, during the broadcast of NBC's
Sunday morning political talk show. Washington D.C.'s gun laws, however, state that even possessing such a device is a violation.
Meet the Press is filmed at NBC's D.C. studios.
Thank You, David Gregory.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then your stunt is worth a thousand op-eds. In less than one minute of screen time, you
demonstrated several things: First, even "banned" magazines are ridiculously easy to acquire. How long did it take your
producers to find that magazine? Five minutes? Ten minutes? There are millions upon millions of these cheap and
easy-to-manufacture items in circulation, and "banning" them will have exactly the effects you so brilliantly demonstrated on national
NBC's Gregory won't be charged for displaying ammunition clip on TV. D.C. attorney
general Irvin B. Nathan announced his decision Friday afternoon [1/11/2014] by releasing a letter to an attorney for NBC. Nathan
wrote that though the device Gregory held up "meets the definition" of the criminal statute, he wrote that prosecution "would not promote
public safety in the District of Columbia nor serve the best interests of the people of the District to whom this office owes its trust."
The Editor says...
First of all, it could be argued that none of DC's gun control laws promote public safety. All they do is prevent law abiding citizens from
defending themselves. Second, does the DC-AG pick and choose which laws to enforce? Third, what if Wayne LaPierre had brought in such
a prop? Would he skate, too? Not likely.
David Gregory gets off scot free.
The attorney general for the District of Columbia, Irvin Nathan, announced Friday that he will not press charges against NBC News' David Gregory
nor any employee of the broadcast network for violating the city's gun laws. Violation of the city's firearms laws carry a maximum $1,000
fine and one year in jail.
Friday night document
dump: Gun criminal David Gregory is above the law. I wonder how many people who've been arrested for violating DC's gun
laws — which the cops didn't even bother to do with Gregory — have gotten away with it because they don't have a
criminal record and they express the correct opinions? Does that particular law say anything about whether or not you're a threat to
public safety? Or does it say you're not allowed to possess a certain object? Either you possess it or you don't. Gregory
did. It was on TV and everything. He made sure people saw him wave an illegal ammunition magazine in Wayne LaPierre's face.
What an amazing coincidence. David
Gregory's Wife Acted in Play with DC Attorney General. There may have been a more personal factor in Washington, D.C. Attorney
General Irv Nathan's decision to let NBC's David Gregory off the hook Friday than the "prosecutorial discretion" he claimed he was exercising by
declining to prosecute Gregory for alleged possession of a high-capacity gun magazine.
David Gregory skates past prosecution.
Few will be surprised by the news that David Gregory will not be prosecuted for possessing a high-capacity magazine during his appearance on
"Meet the Press." The decision was made by District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin Nathan, who turns out to be a social acquaintance
of Gregory and his wife.
MSNBC's 'Rossen Reports': More
Lying About Guns. [Scroll down] In short: the report lied about what the weapon was,
and then dishonestly portrayed it as being modified into something supposedly designed for explicitly criminal
behavior. This level of purposeful deception by a journalist is on par with fabricating quotes or
plagiarism. It is an offense that should lead to a suspension or termination.
'Assault' — The Democrat-Media
Complex Strikes Again. For unbridled bias, ignorance and animus, this Reuters story on firearms has to be read to believed. Let's
start with the headline: Gun enthusiasts pack shows to buy assault weapons In case you're slow on the uptake, the story contains no
fewer than thirteen uses of the word "assault," all of them used incorrectly. The idea is to get the reader to think that enraged gun nuts all
across America are lining up to buy machine guns in order to "assault" a particular target of their ire.
Media Ignore Shootings
in Chicago. My guess is that the media's lack of interest in Chicago's ongoing murder spree has a lot to do with the lack of political upside in
reporting on the story. Because what's happening in Chicago can't in any way be blamed on Republicans, conservative ideas, or a lack of left-wing ideas,
the media would prefer to pretend the murders aren't happening. You see, the media can't blame the murders on a lack of gun control, because Chicago has
the toughest gun control laws in the country.
NBC News to Obama: How to Beat 2nd Amendment
Advocates. As we learned during the election, Barack Obama can always count on NBC News to help him navigate his way to whatever victory he
seeks. This morning [12/17/2012], NBC's First Read — written by Chuck Todd and others — is all within the context of winning the argument
over the passage of laws that would restrict the law-abiding from purchasing the ability to defend themselves — in other words, having access
Media myths on 'assault weapons' and
'semiautomatic firearms'. If gun-control advocates and our media want to have a conversation about government restrictions on gun ownership, I think
that's fine. Debating more issues, rather than fewer, is probably good for our politics. But the conversation about guns needs to be a bit more
factually precise. Today's New York Times story on the AR-15 has a lot of good information and aims to be balanced, but the story still manages to
perpetuate many of the most stubborn myths about rifles.
Guns save lives. You know what the mainstream media think about guns and our freedom to carry them.
Pierre Thomas of ABC: "When someone gets angry or when they snap, they are going to be able to have access to weapons." Chris Matthews of
MSNBC: "I wonder if in a free society violence is always going to be a part of it if guns are available." Keith Olbermann, who usually can't
be topped for absurdity: "Organizations like the NRA ... are trying to increase deaths by gun in this country."
Sanitizing Adam Lanza. Is the media so
estranged from commonplace reality that they automatically reach for the cheapest, most sentimental interpretation of an event as a matter of instinct?
Or is it yet another case of ideological subterfuge, an effort to deny the shooter any form of agency, instead transferring responsibility to the demonic
weapon he used?
Bob Costas Exploits NFL
Murder/Suicide to Take Our Guns. Last night [12/2/2012] during NBC's NFL telecast, Bob Costas did something the NFL has always been
very good about avoiding — inserting politics into what Americans of all political stripes see as one of the few remaining escapes from
the divisive partisanship that seems to infect everything these days. Taking advantage of a captive halftime audience, Costas suckered [sic]
punched millions with a left-wing preach about gun control.
CNN Reports 8 Shot in
NYC, Overlooks 19 Shot in Chicago. This means Chicago is at approximately 37 shooting deaths for the month of August alone.
And the city is still on track for 500 gun related deaths this calendar year. Is there any chance CNN might see a pattern here?
Might they not recognize that the Chicago example utterly destroys the claim that gun control saves lives?
Two Aurora Shootings: One
Widely Known; the Other Ignored. On April 22 of this year a convicted felon, just out of jail, went to an Aurora, Colorado, church
and shot and killed a member of the congregation before being killed himself by a congregant carrying a gun. [...] Because the perpetrator was able to
claim only one life before being killed himself by someone carrying a gun and acting in self-defense, it garnered relatively little publicity.
The Media Botches Aurora.
Unfortunately, the shooting in Aurora, Colo., has once again driven the subject of guns into the media spotlight. Here are five additional ways
that journalists can avoid sounding stupid when they write about guns in the wake of tragic events.
A sneaky way to control guns.
Gun-control advocates and the Obama administration are rushing to complete negotiations in New York on a proposed international agreement
called the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. They hope to finish the drafting within weeks, perhaps having a document ready for
signature so that President Obama could press a lame-duck Senate to ratify it after our Nov. 6 elections. Because these UNATT
negotiations had long escaped serious media attention, many Americans are only now learning about their disturbing direction.
MSNBC Politicizes Dark
Knight Shooting With Long Gun Control Segment. MSNBC's NOW with Alex Wagner dove into the contentious issue of
gun control on Friday [7/20/2012] after a gunman engaged in a horrific mass shooting in Colorado, which claimed the lives of at
least 13 people* and wounded scores more. While many in the world of political commentary have held their tongues about
their personal policy preferences after this attack, given that so many details are as yet unknown, Wagner's panel guests did not
exercise that level of caution. MSNBC's panel guests, including former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell who has been particularly
vocal in his support of gun control laws, did not provide a counter balance for many of their pro-gun control claims.
*Editor's note: At the time this article was posted, the death toll was only
twelve. Originally it was reported to be 14, but the number was quickly revised.
MSNBC's 'Rossen Reports': More
Lying About Guns. [Scroll down] In short: the report lied about what the weapon was,
and then dishonestly portrayed it as being modified into something supposedly designed for explicitly criminal
behavior. This level of purposeful deception by a journalist is on par with fabricating quotes or
plagiarism. It is an offense that should lead to a suspension or termination.
Chicks with Guns.
Howard Chua-Eoan, News Director of TIME and TIME.com, is shocked that 20 million American women own guns.
What a sheltered life the man must lead, innocent as he must be of American history: Has he never heard of
Annie Oakley, who was not the only frontierswoman proficient in the handling of arms?
Silence Is Deafening About Important Gun News. Murder and violent crime rates were supposed to
soar after the Supreme Court struck down gun control laws in Chicago and Washington, D.C. ... But Armageddon
never happened. Newly released data for Chicago shows that, as in Washington, murder and gun crime rates
didn't rise after the bans were eliminated — they plummeted. They have fallen much more than
the national crime rate.
More guns, fewer murders.
[John] Lott points out liberal media hypocrisy. ["]One can only imagine the coverage if crime rates had risen.
Not surprisingly, the national media have been completely silent about this news.["] Deep — maybe not
so deep — in their hearts the national media might be disappointed at this good news, disproving their
thesis which is why they didn't highlight it.
Gun Owners Have a Right to Privacy.
If you own a gun in Illinois, take precautions. The state attorney general, Lisa Madigan, wants to release
the names of guns owners in response to an Associated Press request. Publication of that list would
tell the criminal class where the guns are, which could be useful to two different sorts of lawbreakers:
gun thieves who want to know where the guns are and burglars who want to know where they are not.
Gun Homicide Numbers at the NYT. In his New York Times column "Obama's Gun Play,"
Charles M. Blow lays out a familiar but inaccurate talking point: we need increased gun
control laws because the United States is the murder capital of the planet. ... New York Times readers,
however, ought to hesitate before scurrying to speed-dial their Congress reptiles and demand an end
to this preventable epidemic of gun ownership. To begin with, that repeated phrase
"9 out of 10" has a euphonious ring, but Blow's data is simply inaccurate.
I was unable to find any U.S. homicide statistics in the source cited, the United Nations Small Arms Survey,
which for the most part discusses the proliferation of guns in places like Timor and Yemen.
The Bias Against Guns: The certainties
we can expect are life, death, weather patterns ... and the old media always exploiting a tragedy involving a
firearm into a call for gun control. To wit, two days after the Tucson tragedy, The Washington Post ran
an editorial with this headline: "Gun control: It's not a political impossibility."
Shocker: Firearms Deaths Fall As Gun Restrictions Ease. What's the likelihood of an
EXTREMELY liberal media outlet publishing an article about firearm related homicides declining while
permits to carry concealed weapons increase? About as likely as Keith Olbermann saying something
nice about Sarah Palin, right?
False reports about
guns. Countless newspapers and television networks — from CBS to MSNBC —
have misreported that conservative protesters are threatening President Obama with guns at public
events. It hasn't happened.
The Gunman and the Gun
Ban. Gun control groups deliberately foster confusion between "assault weapons," an arbitrary category based
mainly on appearances, and machine guns, which are already strictly regulated under federal law. The confusion was
apparent in news coverage of [Michael] McLendon's shooting spree, which erroneously called his guns "automatic weapons"
and "high-powered assault rifles."
National Geographic TV Takes Aim At Your Guns. National
Geographic Channel ran a show last night [11/16/2008] entitled, "Guns In America." According to the program, there
are millions of misguided gun owners across the nation. Why? Because your guns are supposedly more likely to
harm you than to help you in an emergency.
The Right to Self-Defense Affirmed.
"Repeal the Second Amendment," The Chicago Tribune editorialized. "The Supreme Court on Thursday all but
ensured that even more Americans will die," said The New York Times. "[T]he Second Amendment protects the
right to bear arms only in relation to service in a state militia." added The Washington Post.
Bill of Rights
or Bill of Goods? Reuters has their number. "Although an individual now has a
constitutional right to own guns, that new right is not unlimited, wrote [Justice Antonin] Scalia, a
hunter," the news service reports today. Justice Stevens is 88, and he is generally considered
old. If this right really dated back 217 years, Reuters could not describe it as new.
Medford Newspaper Gets CHL List.
The Medford Mail Tribune, a newspaper which has repeatedly editorialized against self defense for public employees,
has won a court case .pdf to get the names, addresses and occupations of all concealed handgun license holders
in Jackson County. The newspaper demanded this information as part of series of articles attacking
Medford teacher Shirley Katz.
The headlines announcing Charlton Heston's death peg him as a actor who was a gun activist. He might not
have been a real-life Moses, but he was much more than the media give him credit for.
"News you can use" — to get yourself killed... To Deter Home Invasion Killers, GMA Advises
Wind Chimes, Not a Gun. While co-host Chris Cuomo suggested planting cactus plants in your
windowsill and hanging wind chimes, he ignored a more obvious option with a better chance of protecting
your family against psychotic felons who've done hard prison time whom wind chimes are unlikely to
deter: purchasing a gun.
Media Spins Virginia Tech Tragedy for Gun Control.
Even a national tragedy like the shooting massacre on the campus of Virginia Tech will not delay the New
York Times and congressional gun-control advocates in their quest to push their liberal agenda. In
the New York Times lead editorial today, which was likely written mere hours after the nation's
worst gun rampage in history and before the bodies had cooled, the gray lady is calling for more gun control.
Tancredo Spokesman Disputes 'Deadliest Massacre'
Claims. The shooting spree at Virginia Tech is being reported as the "deadliest massacre in
U.S. history" or the "deadliest massacre on a U.S. campus." The office of Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.)
would respectfully like to offer a correction. In fact, said Tancredo spokesman Carlos Espinosa,
the worst school rampage occurred when an anti-tax zealot blew up a school in Bath, Mich., in 1927, killing
around 40 children and a handful of adults, including himself. (Accounts of the death toll vary,
but all reported a number larger than 33.)
How to Recognize a Skunk: Reading the morning paper,
you come across a wire-service article on a subject you know well — guns. The article is filled with
biased language ("gun violence," "spraying bullets" "million moms") and statistics that are
either made up or cooked from highly unscientific methodology ("12 students killed by guns every
day," "43 times more likely to be killed by a gun in your own home"). How do we tell truth
from fiction, or recognize when half-truths and twisted language are being used to manipulate us, without
spending our lives tracking down every obscure databit or factoid behind every news story?
Gun-Control Activists Resurrect Agenda.
In an apparent attempt to lull gun owners into a false sense of political security, some media personnel allege
that gun owner fundraising efforts are ludicrous. They imply that gun rights groups do not need to raise
funds because there no longer is a threat to the rights of gun owners. These writers obviously would like
to drive a wedge between the organizations and their supporters, thus undercutting gun owners' political strength.
owners irate over having names published online. Dozens of readers have taken issue with The
Journal News over its decision to run a list of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties as
part of a wider investigative article. The names of more than 30,000 licensed handgun owners were posted
online as part of "Falling Through the Cracks," the paper's Dec. 10 report that found that thousands of
registered handguns were unaccounted for because there is no system to secure the weapons of permit holders who
False reports about
guns. Countless newspapers and television networks — from CBS to MSNBC —
have misreported that conservative protesters are threatening President Obama with guns at public
events. It hasn't happened.
The First Amendment vs the Second Amendment: Should gun data lists be
muzzled? At 9:15 last Sunday morning, just a few hours after The Roanoke Times was
dropped on doorsteps and shoved into paper boxes across the region, Scot Shippee fired the first
shot in what would become the newspaper's biggest Internet controversy. In an online
discussion forum, Shippee blasted the paper for posting on its Web site a database that included
the names and addresses of everyone in Virginia licensed to carry a concealed handgun.
Owners Irked By Newspaper Database Ploy. Virginia handgun owners are fired up over
the publication of their names and addresses in a database posted online by a state newspaper. The
database of every Virginia resident who holds a state-issued permit to carry a concealed handgun
was posted on the Roanoke Times' website Sunday to accompany a column in the paper by Times
editorial writer Christian Trejbal.
month's Non-Compos Mentis Award winner. After obtaining a list of all 135,789 Virginians who are
permitted to carry a concealed weapon, [Christian] Trejbal and his employer [the Roanoke Times] posted
them in a searchable online database. … Trejbal unintentionally created a "do not mess with" list of
Virginians, but what about all the folks who are not on that list?
Witch Hunt Against Gun Owners: The Roanoke Times showed reckless disregard for the safety of the
license holders and reckless disregard for accuracy. In his column, Trejbal admitted that he knew some of
the information he had obtained was inaccurate — but published it anyway.
The Editor says...
My rebuttal would carry the title, "ABC News Operates at a Profit — First Amendment to Blame?"
Very simply, the Constitution cannot be "blamed" for crimes committed by free people.
Terrorism as an Excuse:
Another CBS Campaign. The link to terrorism supposedly provides a new possible reason to ban
50-caliber rifles. But the decision to demonize these particular guns and not say .475-caliber hunting
rifles is completely arbitrary. The difference in width of these bullets is a trivial .025 inches.
What's next? Banning .45-caliber pistols? Indeed the whole strategy is to gradually reduce the type
of guns that people can own.
It's the anti-gun people who are
nuts. This year's Pittsburgh NRA convention set an attendance record. Over the course of the
convention's weekend-long run, more than 61,000 people visited the booths, workshops and meetings. And,
unlike at recent rallies in American cities "celebrating" sports teams' victories, there wasn't a single act of
violence, not a single arrest, no wild drinking or drug-induced demonstrations. ... Come to think of it, I suppose
that's precisely why the convention generated so little attention from the so-called mainstream media.
Most "spiked" stories of
2003. Virtually ignored by the news media, a comprehensive review of America's gun control laws,
conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found no proof whatsoever that gun
laws - including waiting periods and bans on certain weapons - reduce gun-related violence.
The Media's Militia Hate-Fest: You've got to hand
it to those braniacs in the media. Almost before the blast of the Olympic bombing stopped ringing in our
ears, they knew whodunnit. Actually, it was a simple deduction for them. The person who phoned in
the warning had an American, white-sounding voice; therefore it was (ominous music, please)
the militia! Now, now, don't pay any attention to the talk about this loner security guard with
the hero complex. The media had its men long ago.
Weapons" Bait-and-Switch: This week, CNN had to air several corrections... It
turned out that the undamaged brick target had never even been fired on — yet another
journalistic fib by America's "most trusted news network."
The autobiography of Sarah
Brady: Sarah Brady is appearing now on talk shows, promoting her book in the company of
sympathetic hosts. You can bet that pro-gun authors would not be accorded the same privilege and you can
be certain that she will not notice the double standard. Like most autobiographies, "A Good Fight"
portrays the author in a favorable light and presents her political views in a one-sided way.
Media Spike Stories of
Self-Defense: The mainstream media bias against gun owners may have eased a bit, but there is
still a strong aversion to reporting the benefits of defensive firearms in the hands of citizens.
Guns Save Lives: You
would think that a man who saved three people's lives, at considerable risk to his own, would be recognized as
a hero. But his story would be politically incorrect, so it has received virtually no media attention and
his name remains unknown.
Media bias regarding gun
control: Today, the right to own a gun is under assault like never before. Every time a
firearm is used in a high-profile crime, calls for stricter gun regulation - even outright
prohibition - are pounded into us by a press that has taken sides. In fact, when it comes to guns,
journalists have clearly made up their minds. According to a recent study, television news stories calling
for stricter gun laws outnumbered newscasts opposing such laws by a ratio of ten to one. In
other words, we are hearing only one side of the story.
When It's Guns, Media Miss Big Part Of Picture: When
more than one person gets killed, the crimes get not only national but international news coverage. On the
other hand, when was the last time that you heard the national evening news reporting about a citizen using a
gun to save lives? Few people realize that people use guns defensively to stop about 2 million crimes
a year, according to national surveys.
Media Ignore Fact That Gun Owners
Stopped School Shooter: Two of the three Virginia law students who overpowered a gunman in a fatal
school shooting were armed and used their weapons to disarm the shooter. Yet of the 280 stories
written about the shooting, a mere four mentioned the fact that the heroic students were armed and used their
guns to halt the rampage. That's according to Dr. John Lott, a resident scholar at American Enterprise
Institute and the author of the widely acclaimed book "More Guns, Less Crime."
Shooting blind: Press coverage of the
"assault weapon" controversy suggests that most jounalists know very little about guns and are not interested
gun show bill is not what they say. Congress, the media and many Americans are paying more
attention to gun shows these days. Noted gun law author Alan Korwin digs deep into the legislation and
notes that it's very likely the establishment media are not giving you the full, complete and accurate picture
of how changing gun shows could make a big change in your 2nd Amendment rights.
Bill Would Close Gun Law
Holes: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., introduced legislation Tuesday [7/30/2002] to close major gaps
in the federal firearms background check system that in a 30-month period allowed some 10,000 felons and
others prohibited from gun ownership to obtain weapons. McCain said the hole is the "faulty records of
the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)."
What's this? A government system with faulty records? Will anyone remember this when
the National ID Card debate gets underway?
Putting School Violence Into
Perspective: According to the National School Safety Center exactly six students have been
murdered, committed suicide, or suffered weapons-related violent death in the United States in the 2000-2001
school year. The false perception of rampant school violence in American schools is fueled by media
outlets that instinctively are drawn to extremes.
Gun Rights in the
Crosshairs: "Of all matters of public policy, the issue of private ownership of guns is one where
many journalists don't even pretend to be objective. Mention firearms, the Second Amendment or, heaven forbid,
the NRA, and flecks of rabid foam seem to seep from the newsprint."
Truth in Crime
Reporting: The New York Times is being accused by research scholar John R. Lott Jr. of using
inaccurate data in a recent major series published by the newspaper about rampage killings.
U.S. Press Ignores Israeli
Hero: Another hero in the War on Terror has been ignored. He is 46-year-old Israeli shoe
salesman William Hazan. ... His name should be on every American's lips.
Major Networks Refuse
Guns-Pilots Ad: Major media networks have refused to air a 60 second commercial calling for
President Bush, the FAA, and the airlines to arm commercial pilots.
The End of the
Million Moms: Last Mother's Day, the Democrats hijacked an American family holiday by organizing
the Million Mom March (MMM). Some media reports claimed that 750,000 "marchers" showed up (though the
actual attendance was less than 100,000). This year, they tried again. The turnout was
less than 200.
The Bias Against
Handguns: Does domestic gun ownership pose a more serious threat to Americans than foreign
terrorism? That's what New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof seems to be saying in a recent
article. Alarmed by reports of a surge in gun sales after September 11, Kristof cites familiar
statistics on the perils of guns.
Pollster Focuses on Media's Anti-Gun
Bias: A leading opinion pollster said Sunday she believes the national media's anti-gun bias, as
reflected in much of the reporting about gun crimes and gun issues, stems from the fact that most reporters and
anchors don't know much about guns.
Policy-making: We live in an age of paradox. Media saturation following events like the
murders at Columbine High School makes it appear that violence surrounds us. Yet the crime rate has been
falling and school shootings remain extremely rare. In contrast, the serious violence that pervades some
inner-city schools never makes the news.
N.Y. Times Tries to Manipulate
Public Opinion on Arming Pilots: Once again the New York Times is using its news pages to
manipulate public opinion – this time using a story about arming pilots in a blatantly obvious
attempt to turn Americans against letting pilots have the right to carry guns against hijackers.
Special subsection about Vice-President Cheney's hunting accident:
This incident showed the country a great deal about news media priorities, sensationalism
and unmitigated political bias.
The people in the Washington news media are not accustomed to being ignored. They can't
stand being left in the dark, even for a few hours, when something happens that falls into the scope of
their supposed "right to know". They also don't understand how responsible adults can spend the day
using shotguns to kill birds as a means of social interaction. That's why this story raised such
a furor in the media, and why the media insists on passing the furor on to you.
Why weren't we
informed? Isn't it obvious? One particularly eager journalist asked, "Under Texas
law, is this kind of accidental shooting a possible criminal offense?" The transcript does not
indicate whether he was rubbing his hands together at the time.
Cheney go to the Fox network? This incident became a perfect storm for all that
the mainstream media dislikes about the Bush administration — tax cuts, the war, his alleged
secrecy, tax cuts, Abu Ghraib, Gitmo, the Katrina response, tax cuts, Justices Alito and Roberts,
his home state of Texas (where they have the death penalty), tax cuts, his walk, his pronunciation
of the word "nuclear," and tax cuts.
Characters: Part IV. Remember how the media carried on for weeks about Vice President
Cheney's hunting accident? How a Time magazine reporter had a temper tantrum at a White House press
briefing because the news wasn't released soon enough — as if this hunting accident had any
significance for the nation, beyond those in the media who were frustrated at being deprived of a
Sunday talk show feeding frenzy?
shame: I see the vice president as an honorable, forthright gentleman who places the
nation's best interests above his own. Others prefer to believe he would sell out his own mother
to line his pockets with oil-slicked greenbacks. The Old Media, of course, fall into the latter
media: The accidental shooting of Harry Whittington, while he was on a hunting trip with
Dick Cheney, has nothing to do with government policy or the Vice President's official duties but the
mainstream media have gone ballistic over it nevertheless.
The buckshot heard round the
world. Vice President Cheney shot a friend of his — Harry
Whittington — with buckshot in a bird hunting accident. While his friend
was bleeding on the ground, Cheney failed to call the Washington press corps first. Instead
he was worried about Harry Whittington bleeding on the ground and taking care of him, and
then contacting Harry's wife and adult kids before the story got out on the wire service.
[Attention gun-hating news writers: It was BIRD shot. Buckshot would have killed
the old man.]
The media's Cheney
hunt. What really shocked people was the way our Cheney-hating press corps went crazy with
it. The Big Three networks aired 34 stories in the first 48 hours of evening and morning
newscasts. They treated this not as a mishap, and then a punchline, but as a brewing
Hunter's Take on Cheney's Mistake. Hey hysterical media chum suckers, if
you want to obsess about a gun (or guns) in South Texas, why don't you travel a little
further southwest from Corpus Christi to Laredo where U.S. authorities just snatched
ready-to-detonate IEDs, materials for making 33 more, military style grenades, 26 grenade
triggers, large quantities of AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles, 1280 rounds of ammo, silencers,
machine gun assembly kits, 300 primers, bullet proof vests, police scanners,
sniper scopes, narcotics and cash from Mexican dope dealers?
Cheney. This commentator rations himself to only one prediction every
15 years. Mine now is that there is going to be a devastating backlash
in the months and years ahead in the matter of Cheney and the quail shoot.
overdo Cheney-gate. Texas lawyer Harry Whittington getting peppered by Cheney was a cover
story in both magazines. White House lawyer Vince Foster shooting himself dead in 1993 was not.