Donald Trump has made the expression “fake news” a household term. Of course, the mainstream media helps him at every turn, providing endless examples for the American people to see, ridicule and share on social media. Much fake news these days has to do with things like the Russia investigation and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. At the same time, gun owners find themselves on the receiving end of plenty of it as well.
We’ve all seen stories about the incredibly lethal .9mm pistol and spent rubber bullets. However, CBS News found something even more worrisome for those concerned about “gun violence.” Check out this story from four years ago.
Suspect killed, officer injured in Calif. shootout
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A police officer is in critical condition and a suspect is dead following an early morning shooting Friday near a Southern California nightclub, CBS Los Angeles reports.
A 31-year-old veteran officer and a new officer trainee were in an area known for criminal activity at around 2 a.m., to “check on some individuals,” said Lt. Rich Lawhead of the San Bernardino Police Department.
The officers confronted a group of five people, who had just left a nightclub, in front of a home on a dead-end street and “almost immediately shots were fired,” Chief Jarrod Burguan said.
A male suspect’s gunfire wounded the senior officer, a 6-year veteran of the San Bernardino Police Department, twice in the upper body.
…The training officer was able to return fire and wounded the suspect, who was a man in his 30s. He was also transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Seems like just another run-of-the-mill story, right? And with a happy ending, at that. If you keep reading, the fake news gem lies in the final paragraph.
An assault revolver with high-capacity magazines and a revolver were recovered at the scene.
Really. An assault revolver with high-capacity magazines. Scary stuff right there. What’s more, this utterly fake news report remains uncorrected after nearly four years.
Real news reporting requires at least a modicum of work and only a little bit of intelligence. If you didn’t know any better, you might think the whole world revolves around Putin and the 2016 elections. Democrats, CNN and the other legacy media outlets certainly think so as, rather than reporting actual news, they push their own particular agenda.
Which probably explains why CBS News has been too busy to correct this laughable report even now. Is it any wonder the American mainstream media struggles to retain their dwindling audience?