As I pointed out in a recent post (Question of the Day: How Stupid Are Americans on Gun Rights?), the average citizen is somewhere between a no- and low-information voter. Despite the proliferation of “alternative” news sources — I include Fox, CNN and MSNBC in that group — Americans still depend on the big media guns for their gun news.
Assuming, that is, that they’re exposed to any news. We’re living in a time where at least two generations of “young people” don’t consume current events at all. They’re almost completely absorbed by “news” about the Kardashians’ kvetching, the Brangelina breakup and other celebrity info. If that. They’re most concerned by what’s going on in their social media.
Chef don’t judge. The rise of social media is a force for good. It’s laying waste to the geographical limitations that defined humanity’s interactions for thousands of years. At the same time, the dying-but-far-from-dead mainstream media continues to doggedly defend the status quo: economically, socially and politically. Especially when it comes to gun rights.
Case in point: usatoday.com’s story 3% of Americans own half the country’s 265 million guns.
As TTAG and other alt media sources reported, the “study” upon which this “news” is based is deeply flawed. Our man Leghorn destroyed the credibility of this “landmark study on gun ownership” which is, in truth, anti-gun agitprop created, funded, parsed and promoted by well-known gun control advocates.
And yet USA Today ran an entire article parroting the purported results without a single dissenting voice, or a warning about the study’s authenticity. This is as close as they got to highlighting the study’s glaring flaws:
The survey, the most authoritative since a 1994 study posed similar questions to gun owners, is under peer-review for publication in a trade journal . . .
The study was based on an online survey of nearly 4,000 Americans conducted in 2015 by market research company GfK, with a nationally representative panel of opt-in participants who are paid to complete surveys, she said.
There are only two possible explanations for this reprehensible reportage. Either journalist Rick Jervis (above) was too lazy or ideologically blind to examine the study’s methodology (or lack thereof), or Jervis did his homework and chose to ignore the study’s blatant bias.
Either way, this is not journalism. It’s propaganda: a regurgitated press release perpetrated on the public without the slightest concern for the truth about guns.
The fact that USA Today published this piece proves that the mainstream media opposes Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. It’s too bad no one’s really listening to what the mainstream media are saying about guns. Then again, maybe not . . .