Associated Press snagged in anti-gun electioneering

Associated Press snagged in anti-gun electioneering

Gun Rights

The Second Amendment Foundation says it has caught the Associated Press wire service blatantly electioneering against guns in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections. Such bias “invariably seems to show up in headlines and news reports just prior to an election,” said a statement from the foundation’s headquarters in Washington state. “We’ve got an important midterm election next week,” noted SAF founder Alan M. Gottlieb, “and gun control versus gun rights is an important shadow issue because Democrats have already made it clear that guns will be on the agenda if they take control of the Congress.” He said he was not surprised that the Associated Press circulated an article headlined “Guns send over 8,000 US kids to ER each year, analysis says.” Gottlieb said such stories often appear right before an election. However, he pointed out, guns “haven’t sent anybody anywhere.” “Careless people or criminals misusing guns are responsible, but guns get the blame. The problem is that many people never read past the headline, and this sort of thing contributes to the public’s impression that bias drives such sensational headlines,” he said. He said that in his own state there is “obvious media bias in some publications about a gun control initiative on the ballot.” “All five major law enforcement groups in the state, representing thousands of rank-and-file lawmen and women, are opposed to the measure,” Gottlieb said, “but the media downplayed their importance, referring to them as a ‘handful of law enforcement groups,’ or ‘some […]

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