Networks' anti-gun stories outnumber gun rights stories 8-1

A Media Research Center analysis of gun stories following the Orlando shootings shows that the three broadcast networks ran anti-gun stories over pro-gun rights stories at an 8-1 ratio.

They're not even trying to hide their bias or their partisanship.

Washington Times:

“The study found a huge disparity in the airtime devoted to advancing more gun control versus arguments in favor of gun rights.,” he continued, noting that the time spent in favor of more gun control was 65 minutes, compared to eight minutes spent on Second Amendment rights and other pro-gun issues.    

“CBS was the most stridently anti-gun rights network. By a whopping 10 to 1 ratio, CBS devoted more time to arguing in favor of gun control (30 minutes, 40 seconds) to time that supported gun rights (2 minutes, 56 seconds),” Mr. Dickens noted.

NBC followed with nine times as much airtime for anti-gun rights arguments, with ABC in third place with a 4 to 1 ratio.

“When it came to spokesmen, viewers were far more likely to hear from gun control advocates like liberal Democratic Senator Chris Murphy and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton than Second Amendment defenders like GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump or Republican Senator James Inhofe,” Mr. Dickens stated. “Anti-gun spokesmen were aired three times as frequently as pro-gun ones (57 to 19), while 27 spokesmen were neutral.”

We already knew that the press has gone all in to defeat Donald Trump.  But on this vital issue, you would think that the media would make a bigger effort to give the appearance of fairness.  While the Fairness Doctrine is no longer in play, broadcasters still have a responsibility especially on important issues to give roughly equal time to both sides. 

And as far as partisanship, how can they possibly claim their coverage does not aid the Democrats' electoral chances?  If this is the case, they should pay for the airtime used to trash Republicans on the gun control issue, just like any other partisan organization.

But for that to happen, you would need a non-partisan Federal Elections Commission as well as a neutral Federal Communications Commission.  Both of those "independent" commissions are fully in the tank for the Democratic administration and, by extension, the Democratic Party.

You might have noticed the extremely favorable coverage given to the Democrats' House sit-in, as reporters and commentators gush about how it is reminiscent of the civil rights movement.  We can expect that to continue until the gun control amendments die a well deserved death.

A Media Research Center analysis of gun stories following the Orlando shootings shows that the three broadcast networks ran anti-gun stories over pro-gun rights stories at an 8-1 ratio.

They're not even trying to hide their bias or their partisanship.

Washington Times:

“The study found a huge disparity in the airtime devoted to advancing more gun control versus arguments in favor of gun rights.,” he continued, noting that the time spent in favor of more gun control was 65 minutes, compared to eight minutes spent on Second Amendment rights and other pro-gun issues.    

“CBS was the most stridently anti-gun rights network. By a whopping 10 to 1 ratio, CBS devoted more time to arguing in favor of gun control (30 minutes, 40 seconds) to time that supported gun rights (2 minutes, 56 seconds),” Mr. Dickens noted.

NBC followed with nine times as much airtime for anti-gun rights arguments, with ABC in third place with a 4 to 1 ratio.

“When it came to spokesmen, viewers were far more likely to hear from gun control advocates like liberal Democratic Senator Chris Murphy and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton than Second Amendment defenders like GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump or Republican Senator James Inhofe,” Mr. Dickens stated. “Anti-gun spokesmen were aired three times as frequently as pro-gun ones (57 to 19), while 27 spokesmen were neutral.”

We already knew that the press has gone all in to defeat Donald Trump.  But on this vital issue, you would think that the media would make a bigger effort to give the appearance of fairness.  While the Fairness Doctrine is no longer in play, broadcasters still have a responsibility especially on important issues to give roughly equal time to both sides. 

And as far as partisanship, how can they possibly claim their coverage does not aid the Democrats' electoral chances?  If this is the case, they should pay for the airtime used to trash Republicans on the gun control issue, just like any other partisan organization.

But for that to happen, you would need a non-partisan Federal Elections Commission as well as a neutral Federal Communications Commission.  Both of those "independent" commissions are fully in the tank for the Democratic administration and, by extension, the Democratic Party.

You might have noticed the extremely favorable coverage given to the Democrats' House sit-in, as reporters and commentators gush about how it is reminiscent of the civil rights movement.  We can expect that to continue until the gun control amendments die a well deserved death.