Tuesday, January 22, 2013
At one time, newspapers were America’s source for news and current events. Today it’s a completely different story. While President Obama has declared a push to ban or limit types of guns, the nation’s major newspapers are nearly unanimous in their support of gun control. The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and other most-popular papers led the list.
▪ Neutral Journalism: Of top 20 circulating newspapers, 18 pushed gun control in editorials from Dec. 15, 2012 to Jan. 11, 2013.
▪ Pushing Gun Control: 97 percent of the gun editorials (89 out of 92) promoted gun control or attacked the NRA.
The consistent theme of almost every gun editorial from Dec. 15, 2012 to Jan. 11, 2013, was that stricter gun laws were needed, and semi-automatic rifles should be completely banned from civilian use. Some newspapers were even more aggressive.
Whether they claimed that the children of Newtown had been “sacrificed” to the NRA, or the repeated reference at semi-automatic rifles as “military-style” or “killing machines,” it was understandable why gun sales have increased so much lately. Many of these editorials urged then president to severely limit gun rights.
The New York Times made it clear it believed “the Second Amendment does not provide each American with an absolute right to own a gun.” The Minneapolis Star Tribune declared that nobody should be able to own semi-automatic rifles. “Not hunters. Not collectors. Not recreational target shooters. No one,” the paper wrote. And the Cleveland Plain Dealer bemoaned “the nation’s lack of gun laws.”
Only two out of the top 20 most circulated newspapers in the nation did not support increased gun control – The Wall Street Journal and The Orange County Register.