Report: MSM favors gun control, 5 to 1


More evidence of the media’s liberal bias has been released Wednesday, as a new report shows three major news networks overwhelmingly voice arguments in support of gun control, as opposed to remaining impartial and giving equal time to both gun control and gun rights positions.

It is natural for the media to hammer home the stance when it is more politically feasible, such as in the weeks following the deadliest shooting in U.S. history.

According to the report:

The Media Research Center, a conservative nonprofit, said between October 2 and October 8, ABC, NBC, and CBS’s news programs spent 30 minutes and 17 seconds arguing in favor of more gun control while only 6 minutes and 27 seconds were dedicated to support for gun rights. The report, authored by Deputy Research Director Geoffrey Dickens and published on the group’s NewsBusters website, examined all statements from anchors, reporters, guests, and soundbites that took a position on gun control or gun rights.

“In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting massacre, the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks wasted little time in exploiting the tragedy to advance their anti-gun rights agenda,” Dickens wrote. “In just six days (October 2 through October 8) of coverage, the networks filled their evening and morning show programs with statements favoring gun control over gun rights by a ratio of roughly 5 to 1.”

The report singled out comments from former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw on October 3’s Today Show as an example of some of the sentiments being broadcast on major media.

“I would say to this audience, and any audience before which I appear these days, we are where we are because of the power of people who wanted these kinds of guns,” Brokaw said. “And the NRA managed to organize them and get them as a political force in America. So, the question is, if you’re not happy with what has happened, your individual obligation as citizen is to organize on the other side.”

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