A conservative media watchdog says veteran CBS News
correspondent Bob Schieffer's recent statement likening President
Obama taking on the NRA to defeating the Nazis was clearly over the
During CBS's special coverage of President Obama's gun-control
press conference last week, the longtime reporter lauded the
president's speech, calling it "one of the best speeches I've ever
heard him deliver." (Read related Fox News story) Schieffer then
compared Obama's new gun-control agenda to Lyndon Johnson's 1960s
civil rights legislation and made the following comparison:
"Surely defeating the Nazis was a much more formidable task than
taking on the gun lobby. This is a turning point in this
Christian Robey, political director at the Media Research
Center (MRC), says Schieffer knew exactly what he was
"He did this because he is an ideologue, and he really does
believe those things," Robey contends. "And he also believes that
this would generate some sensation, drum up some fervor; it would
get us talking about him. This is not journalism. This is advocacy.
Robey also believes the reporter's comments may have been
motivated by the left's complete disdain for tea partiers, who are
major supporters of the Second Amendment.
"I think that there is this disgust that they have these tea
partiers in their midst," the MRC spokesman suggests. "And that, I
think, is one of the explanations for why they are so over the top.
They really are disgusted by conservatives like us."
He further adds that liberal "journalists" are not breaking
any new ground with this Nazi comparison.