A Case Study in Media Bias

We awoke Friday to the announcement that NBC News president Steve Capus was “resigning” (that is, fired), and the only wonder is that he wasn’t fired Thursday evening after the national broadcast.  I made the mistake of taking in NBC’s national news broadcast Thursday evening, and it fell below even the usual low standards for network news bias and reportorial incompetence.

NBC essentially handed off their lead story to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.  You can watch the whole broadcast at this link if you are a glutton for punishment.  Brian Williams leads with the Brady Campaign’s latest death-by-firearms figures, without qualifying how many were due to gang violence, and without any mention, or curiosity, about how many crimes were prevented in the same time period by law-abiding gun owners.  (In the whole segment there was only one 10-second clip from an opponent of gun control.)  I suppose NBC thinks that if gun control is enacted, all those gang bangers will obey the law and turn in their guns.  Like they do in Chicago.  Oops.

Actually, NBC gets around to Chicago in its story, and champions the line that Chicago police are taking 200 officers out from behind their desks and putting them out on the street to combat gun violence.  Did anyone think to ask Chicago what those 200 officers were doing “behind their desks” in the first place?  No; instead, the story bemoans that outlying areas don’t have gun control and hence there’s a flow of guns into Chicago.  So sure, let’s enact strict nationwide gun control to stop this “loophole,” and cut off the flow of guns from Mexico just as surely as we’ve stopped the flow of illegal drugs.


As a special bonus media bias feature, check out CBS from last Sunday, with Georgetown Law professor Louis Seidman presenting his case “Let’s Give Up on the Constitution” that we commented upon when Seidman first wrote this in the New York Times.  Wonder if CBS will give air time for anyone on the other side?

SCOTT adds: Over at Breitbart, John Nolte expands on the indictment against Capus

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