My newest piece at the Philadelphia Inquirer starts this way:
With horrible tragedies fresh in everyone's mind, including Newtown, people are understandably wondering what can be done to prevent yet another tragedy. Alas, the mainstream media have already concluded that more gun control must be the answer.
Passions run high on both sides. As of Thursday morning, more than
80,000 Americans had signed a White House petition asking that CNN
anchor Piers Morgan, a vocal proponent of banning guns, be deported.
Another petition urging the White House to "Keep Piers Morgan in the
USA" had generated 4,500 signatures. Meanwhile, the Brits have launched
their own petition demanding that Morgan not come back to England. The
petitions are pretty silly, but they are a reflection of the divide over
the gun issue.
Unfortunately, the beliefs are just so strongly held that some prominent
hosts of news programs, such as Morgan, refuse to accept facts, and go
so far as to conjure up their own numbers when reality isn't to their
liking. All this makes for a pretty confusing show, with viewers hearing
one side say murders rose and another saying that they fell.
Take one of my five debates on CNN after the Newtown attack. This
particular discussion, involving Piers Morgan and Christiane Amanpour,
was not unusual. . . .
Labels: GunControl, mediabias, op-ed, piersmorgan