The recent public shooting of 10 people in a Boulder, Colorado, grocery store brought out the anti-gun sentiment in the “Big Three” networks. ABC, CBS, and NBC network news coverage depicted Republicans, conservatives and gun owners as a “wall of opposition” and “resistance” to gun control measures, according to an in-depth study released Monday by Newsbusters.org, a conservative press watchdog.
“In just four days (March 23 through March 26) of coverage, the networks filled their morning show and evening programs with statements favoring gun control over gun rights by a ratio of roughly 14 to 1,” wrote analyst Geoffrey Dickens.
The three networks devoted 36 minutes and 11 seconds to the “anti-gun rights arguments” and 2 minutes and 31 seconds to gun rights issues, the study found.
The analysis reviewed all statements that took a position on overall gun policy by anchors, reporters, guests and soundbites, beginning March 23 — the morning after the Boulder shooting — through the morning of March 26, Mr. Dickens said.
The report also analyzed major coverage of the December 2012 killings in a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school to find that the same networks tilted the content of their coverage 8-to-1 in favor of gun control agendas.
“In the aftermath of the 2016 mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub, the spin was an equally-lopsided 8-to-1. TV coverage of the killings in Las Vegas in 2017 was slanted five-to-one against gun rights, while in the wake of the February 2018 shootings at Parkland High School the networks tilted 11-to-1 in favor of anti-gun activists,” Mr. Dickens wrote.
“And after the 2019 shootings in El Paso, Texas, the networks tilted an even more lopsided 17-to-1 to the left,” he added.
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