The Media Blows It on Gun Coverage Again

• February 23, 2018 12:54 pm


Another mass shooting in the United States has prompted extensive coverage of guns, and mainstream media members have once again not troubled themselves to cover the issue with anything approaching objectivity.

Amid the aftermath of last week's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people, press members devolved into full-on advocacy for gun control in their coverage.

MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace agreed with New York Times columnist Bret Stephens' reference to the "so-called" right to bear arms in the Second Amendment. Stephens has written that the Second Amendment should be repealed.

CNN's Don Lemon called the idea of having an "open mind" about arming teachers "stupid," and network commentator Van Jones said many people view the National Rifle Association as villainous as the Ku Klux Klan.

MSNBC's Katy Tur spread a false characterization that Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R.) was "too busy" to meet with students calling for gun-reform measures at his Tallahassee office. Later, Tur reported that Scott was at a funeral for one of the victims of the shooting, hence his absence.

Ali Velshi tweeted out a similarly misleading claim about Scott that was shared more than 10,000 times.

Velshi also said in a dramatic speech to the camera that he strongly suspects the NRA counts him as a member in its "secret records" to maintain a facade of broad membership.

Tur asked at one point, "Kids or guns. What do you value more?"

CNN's Chris Cuomo, speaking with pro-gun control guest and former Florida Rep. David Jolly (R.), blasted Republicans for being "afraid" to come on his program and defend gun rights. He also declared Jolly to be on "the right side" of the issue.

MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle asked Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) to "step up and be a human" in criticism of his support for gun rights, and she also thanked a Florida Democrat for introducing an assault weapon ban in the State House.

"Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski touted the Australian "buyback" gun-control program on their show, and MSNBC panelist Eddie Glaude said that gun culture is rooted in a "toxic masculinity" and a "myth" about the idea that Americans could protect themselves.

CNN host Brooke Baldwin lit into a Florida Republican who voted down having a debate on the proposed assault weapons ban, yelling at him to stop using his talking points. ABC's "Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts could not believe the words "gun control" had not yet been spoken by President Donald Trump.

CNN also hosted a town hall for survivors, teachers, and families of the Parkland mass shooting to ask questions on Wednesday about gun reform, although the event had more of a feel of a gun-control rally than an honest discourse.

Questioners asked why politicians were accepting "blood money" from the NRA, compared Rubio to a school shooter, and suggested NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch does not care about her children.

CNN host Alisyn Camerota called the event "extraordinary."