What Bias? Gun control stories outnumber pro-gun freedom stories in mainstream media coverage by 8-1

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Surprise! The mainstream media’s coverage of the gun debate is grossly slanted.  

from Media Research Center:

MRC analysts reviewed all 216 gun policy stories on the Big Three networks’ evening (ABC’s World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News) and morning show programs (ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, NBC’s Today), beginning with the evening of the shooting through January 17, the morning after Obama made his speech surrounded by children who had sent him letters pushing for more gun control. 

The results show staggering imbalance:

  • 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.

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. NBC pushed for more gun control in 26 of their stories to just 5 that tilted in favor of gun rights for a 5 to 1 ratio, with 43 neutral segments.

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I’m always puzzled that those in the media don’t recognize the need to defend the Constitution.  After all, it is the very same Constitution that outlines their right to a free press that they spend so much time trying to dismantle.  Talking biting the hand that feeds you!