As David Harsanyi notes, there is no issue save religion that the mainstream, especially “elite”, media, do a worse job of covering than guns.
At RealClearPolitics, John Lott reports that legacy media outlets often quite literally allow anti–Second Amendment activists to write their news stories on gun policy. Politico hasn’t quite done that today, but . . . well, I’m not sure having reporters dutifully repackaging Everytown USA press releases is any better.
The whole thing is worth a read – not that it tells you anything you don’t know. Even the
best better among Twin Cities newsrooms, NPR, has given anti-gun activists an unfettered, unedited and un-fact-checked voice (although as we noted at that time, the bias’s roots were more likely financial than ideological).
The media does do a terrible job. Not for lack of effort on the part of gun-rights activists…
…and not without some good results. I’ve noticed, at least at the local level, that journos can – or at least could – be taught. Over the years, there’ve been examples of reporters that actually listened, and learned to write the whole story and tell the truth on the issue…
…before moving on elsewhere and being replaced by a new wave of journos with the same set of superstitions their predecessors had slowly cut loose. The whole new generation then needs to be slowly, painstakingly taught that “gun owner <> incipient mass murdering white supremacist”.
It’s a job that, it seems, will never end.
Of course, any hint of departing from the narrative is weeded out at the local level – there is not a single national “journalist” outside overtly conservative media that can cover this issue fairly, or even accurately. And Big Left runs a constant effort to groom reports to take Big Gun Control’s “facts” as fact.
Which, as Harsanyi notes, is all too successful.
By the way – if you are among the journos who reads this space, I’d be more than happy to take you to the range one of these days. Have your people call my people.