If there were ever any doubt about media bias, it vanished during the Republican presidential debate on CNBC, an event that underscores what people in the Second Amendment community have been saying for years about the media’s disdain for gun rights.
The debate has garnered scathing criticism, and Brent Bozell, head of the Media Research Center, said “The CNBC debate will go down in history as an encyclopedic example of liberal media bias on stage.”
There is perhaps no greater evidence of liberal bias than in the gun rights debate. A prime example is the Seattle Public Library’s Oct. 29 program headlined as a “Public Conversation: ‘Gun violence and its impact.” The library advertised this as an event where “diverse community voices will come together to brainstorm ideas for how Seattle can address the rising issue of gun violence.”
There’s one small problem with that description. Apparently, nobody representing the firearms community was invited to participate in the panel discussion; not a gun rights advocate, no firearms instructors, not even an average gun owner.
Gun owners have alleged for years that they are up against a very anti-gun media. Last year, when Washington state voters were considering Initiative 594, an 18-page gun control measure disguised as a “universal background check” scheme, the press repeatedly failed to report law enforcement opposition to the measure. A majority of the state’s sheriffs came out against it, but very few news outlets gave it more than passing reference.
When media bias gets out of hand, as it evidently did during the Republican debate, the so-called “mainstream press” has only itself to blame. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio was able to assert, with a round of applause, that the Democrats “have their own super PAC. It’s called the mainstream media.” Fellow candidate Ted Cruz blistered the CNBC moderators by noting that, “The questions asked so far illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media.”
In a prepared statement, Bozell declared, “The CNBC moderators acted less like journalists and more like Clinton campaign operatives.”
The Republican debate debacle could provide a launchpad for a war of words between the press and conservatives who feel they do not get fair treatment.
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