Media Bias Or Lazy Reporting – You Make The Call

The Brady Center has announced that they plan to sue the state of Kansas and Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS) over that state’s one-year old Second Amendment Protection Act. That Kansas law exempts firearms manufactured and owned in the state from “federal law, regulation, or authority.” The Brady Center is contending the law is unconstitutional.

Here is where Tim Carpenter of the Topeka Capital-Journal shows either his bias towards gun control and/or is guilty of lazy reporting for taking the description of the Brady Center straight from their press release.

The Brady Center is a nonprofit organization that develops and implements public safety programs and utilizes the courts to reduce gun violence. The center’s Legal Action Project represents victims of gun violence in cases against irresponsible gun sellers and owners.

Let’s parse that description. About the only correct parts of that two sentence description that are accurate are “Brady Center”, “nonprofit organization”, and “utilizes the courts”.

The Brady Center programs do nothing to improve the public’s safety nor to promote the safe handling of firearms. Furthermore, it uses the court system not to reduce “gun violence” (sic) but rather to maintain repressive gun control laws and to attempt to suppress any moves towards an expansion of civil rights. Finally, the Legal Action Project seeks economic retribution against firearms manufacturers, dealers, and owners for the criminal actions of others.

If mainstream journalists wonder why we don’t trust them, you have to look no further than that concluding description of the Brady Center.

Interesting “Partners”

I was checking out the Colorado Springs TV stations to see how they were playing the recall election of Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs. One of the stations I checked was KKTV Channel 11. They are the local CBS affiliate in Colorado Springs.

At the bottom of the page of a story about how redistricting was causing some voter confusion at the polls in the recall election, KKTV had a set of links entitled More From Our Partners. The lead story in this category was about the new voter ID law in North Carolina. It was from “DGA”. Following the link I found that DGA stands for the Democratic Governors Association and the article was accusing Gov. Pat McCrory of backing “voter suppresion.” The link is gone now as they have rotating links. However, you can still see it in the screen cap shown below.

You have to wonder if this same station would consider the Republican Governors Association as their “partner” and include links to its “news” stories. Frankly, I don’t want my local TV station to consider either party as their “partner”. I want them to report the news without a slant. At least with KKTV the curtains have been pulled aside a bit and their bias can be seen.