National Media’s Lopsided Bias on Coverage of Gun Issues
The national media’s job is to present BOTH sides of a story so you can reach your own conclusion and form your own opinion. How’s that working out on gun control since Newtown? Not so good. A new study released today by the Media Research Center covers the evening of the Newtown shooting through January 17 (when Obama gave his gun speech surrounded by children). The important takeaways for ABC, NBC and CBS coverage:
■ 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.
The full study can be read here: