Is the mainstream media biased against gun owners? You bet it is.
Below are seven examples that show media bias against gun owners:
1. Piers Morgan: “You’re unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you?”
Piers Morgan is pro-gun control. We get that.
But I think many people believe he crossed the line when said to Larry Pratt, the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, “You’re unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you?” during an interview on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, while the two were debating the merits of gun control and crime rates in the U.S. and abroad.
4. Biased reporting on the big 3: ABC, CBS, NBC
I’ll leave this to the experts at the Media Research Center, who track media reporting on an aggregate scale.
According to a study they conducted, in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, the three major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) skewed their coverage in favor of President Obama’s push for tougher gun laws, airing pro-gun control stories at an alarming rate when compared with pro-gun stories.
■ Stories advocating more gun control outnumbered stories opposing gun control by 99 to 12, or a ratio of 8 to 1.
■ Anti-gun soundbites were aired almost twice as frequently than pro-gun ones (228 to 134).
■ Gun control advocates appeared as guests on 26 occasions, compared to 7 times for gun rights advocates.
As noted by the author Geoffrey Dickens, that’s a “staggering imbalance.” Gun owners and gun rights advocates are underrepresented on the major TV networks. Again, big surprise – huh?