A new study has researched the reporting patterns of the major
television networks on the gun control debate since the Newtown
massacre in December. The study reveals anti-gun spokesmen
overwhelmingly outnumber pro-gun spokesmen in a majority of the
Analysts with the Media Research Center say after reviewing 216
gun policy stories on ABC, CBS and NBC, stories advocating more gun
control outnumbered stories opposing gun control by 99 to 12, or at
a ratio of 8-to-1.
Geoffrey Dickens, deputy research director at the MRC, comments
on the media's gun-control agenda.
"Essentially what they did is from the very start of that
evening [of the Newtown shooting], they began pushing for gun
control," he says. "They joined President Barack Obama's campaign
to increase gun regulation. It's staggering."
Dickens says stories featured gun-control advocates like New
York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Arizona Congresswoman
Gabby Giffords, and her husband Mark Kelly.
"People who respect Second Amendment rights, people who own
guns, they need to look to other avenues, social networking, the
Internet," he suggests. "Unfortunately, the big three network news
shows still are very highly rated and carry a lot of influence and
they persuade a lot of people out there."
In regards to the network morning shows, the study concludes
viewers were subjected to an anti-gun agenda by an almost 9-to-1
ratio, with a total of 53 stories advancing gun control, just six
pieces supporting gun rights, and 65 that were neutral.
The results of the full study can be read at the Media Research