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Journalists rush to take
sides in gun debate

Washington Examiner, by Byron York

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Posted By:Judy W., 12/25/2012 11:09:44 AM

Should journalists be advocates for tougher gun control measures? It´s a question worth asking as more and more reporters, commentators, and TV anchors are openly promoting stringent gun policies in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. It´s not just the ranters on the left, like MSNBC´s Lawrence O´Donnell, who recently called National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre "the lobbyist for mass murderers." O´Donnell is a controversialist who says things like that all the time. (Snip) More notable are the ostensibly straight-news journalists who have come down on the side of stronger gun control.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: uno, 12/25/2012 11:20:44 AM     (No. 9083014)

Used to be (a long time ago) Journalists reported the news. Now they are only to eager to manufacture the "news"

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Reply 2 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 12/25/2012 11:22:32 AM     (No. 9083017)

If you read the 2nd amendment narrowly to allow government control of guns, that can and will lead to a narrow interpretation of the 1st amendment to control speech.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: janylou, 12/25/2012 11:26:56 AM     (No. 9083021)

One can´t help but wonder how many of these same pressitutes own guns themselves. I´ll bet a large number of them, but then we have known for years what hypocrites they are.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/25/2012 11:31:51 AM     (No. 9083024)

If everyone lines up on the same side is that really ´...taking sides.´ ?

Those who rush to give you "Settled Science" seem to have a big problem with settled con-law.

The defenders of liberty have a responsibility to claw their way into popular media and spread the good news of freedom and free people.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 12/25/2012 11:33:06 AM     (No. 9083026)

Still waiting for someone to explain how disarming the law-abiding citizens will make it safer for anyone other than predatory criminals and jack-booted government thugs.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 12/25/2012 11:39:35 AM     (No. 9083038)

"Journalists rush to take
sides in gun debate"

The country should be tilting left any moment now.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: john56, 12/25/2012 11:54:14 AM     (No. 9083054)

Byron ... you need to talk with the headline writer at the Examiner ... correct headline should be:

"Journalists rush to take one side in gun debate."

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Bill O Rights, 12/25/2012 11:56:44 AM     (No. 9083057)

Actually I think it is time we have a serious discussion about common sense regulation of the news media. There is a clear connection between incidents like Sandy Hook and media 24/7 coverage. These individuals want there 15 minutes of fame. Then there are the copy cats. We should implement the following regulations.

There has to be a seven day waiting period before covering mass murders. This will allow time to actually collect facts.

Each news outlet would be restricted to one news story per month per incident.

All reporters assigned to write stories would have to pass a test showing they have a basic knowledge of firearms and close quarter combat before they are allowed to write news stories about mass murders.

Since we want to keep the mentally unhealthy from writing these stories each journalist would have to fill out a federal form attesting under penalty of law that they did not vote for Barack Obama.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/25/2012 11:57:28 AM     (No. 9083058)

There are very few journalists any more.
Please start calling them what they are, OPINIONISTS.
A journalist would report who, what, when, where and how. Those days are gone.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: woodsman, 12/25/2012 12:08:41 PM     (No. 9083069)

Lets face it....years ago Journalism was a profession ...It required a degree that was heavy on writing, history and geography and was both challenging and difficult to get....The field had a code of conduct based on objective REPORTING...Today most journalists are "communications majors" - which is the easiest degree to attain from any University...It shows in the quality of the reading (note I didn´t say reporting)

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Reply 11 - Posted by: bighambone, 12/25/2012 12:26:10 PM     (No. 9083084)

What those educated idiots really need to do is report a way to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous crazy people. That´s where the problem lies. Obviously the current background check system does not do that.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: mws50, 12/25/2012 12:38:16 PM     (No. 9083096)

I wish we had journalists that could read and understand the American language. Instead, we are stuck with journalists that only know the Liberal Gibberish language most libtards speak.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: chumley, 12/25/2012 1:02:32 PM     (No. 9083118)

Anyone who seeks to limit our liberties, especially those "guaranteed" by the constitution, is an enemy of freedom. They should be so treated now and in the future.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: krause, 12/25/2012 1:07:50 PM     (No. 9083121)

Some of these idiots on the left would be quite happy if only the government has guns. Wouldn´t that be lovely.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: harper, 12/25/2012 1:15:10 PM     (No. 9083131)

Belief in Santa Claus and "Journalistic integrity" are two tiresome delusions, although S Claus is at least meant to amuse the kids.

Expecting any other outcome than knee-jerk leftardism from robots mass produced in America hating uni-mills is simplistic and articles like this insult us in attempting to prolong the charade.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: frenesi1, 12/25/2012 1:25:12 PM     (No. 9083139)

I don´t know, #10. I think journalism was much better before they started getting college degrees. It used to be they reported the news. Now it is anything but.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: belwhatter, 12/25/2012 1:29:34 PM     (No. 9083144)

I believe they fork over vast amounts of money they don´t have to obtain these minimally challenging degrees.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: coldoc, 12/25/2012 2:07:58 PM     (No. 9083183)

I think "propagandists" is a more appropriate title. They have no regard for the truth if it conflicts with their agenda. This sort of thing should not be afforded 1st amendment protection.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: leopardtwo, 12/25/2012 2:40:06 PM     (No. 9083203)

Lawrence O´Donnell: lobbyist for the mentally insane.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: retiree, 12/25/2012 4:03:13 PM     (No. 9083286)

Do you realize, poster 11, that you called them "educated"?
Educated to only one choice and that is that of the liberals, thanks in part to so many liberal college professors.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 12/25/2012 6:16:53 PM     (No. 9083387)

Today´s journalists are the worst kind of low information voter. They tune out anything that interferes with their agenda. Liars, all of them.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 12/25/2012 9:17:27 PM     (No. 9083545)

The MessNBC psychotic TV personality Lawrence "Creepy liar" O´Donnell needs to do some fact checking, and count up how many NRA members have ever murdered anyone, let alone "mass murdered."
"Zero" is a mighty significant number there, Larry boy.

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