Media Bias

More Television Show Bias on Guns: CBS’s Coyote shows criminals in the U.S. using machine guns in multiple episodes

23 Jan , 2021   Video

Headline in Variety: “Gabby Giffords Is Hoping Hollywood Can Help in Her Fight Against Gun Violence.” As Giffords explains:

Stories are important. Elected officials use them to help get their points across, and for centuries artists have used them to inspire, make us understand points of view different than our own and bring people together. Hollywood and the arts are vitally important to helping us through a period of isolation, bitterness and divisiveness.

Claudia Eller, “Gabby Giffords Is Hoping Hollywood Can Help in Her Fight Against Gun Violence,” Variety, January 2021.

As the Crime Prevention Research Center has pointed out many times, television crime shows are filled with anti-gun bias. For example, anyone who watches TV regularly would think criminals are continually using machine guns to shoot people. This episode of CBS’s Coyote has criminals using machine guns on the U.S. side of the border to shoot at a retired U.S. Border Patrol agent (S1 E2 January 7, 2021). There are other political biases in this show, with it putting out a pro-illegal immigration spin.

Another episode of CBS’s Coyote (S1 E5) has another scene with a machine gun being fired.

Criminals generally use machine guns so rarely that a 2016 survey of prison inmates only broke down the numbers for uses of handguns, rifles, and shotguns. The survey did not even mention fully automatic weapons. Since 1934, there are only two known uses of machine guns used in a murder. And even before 1934, they were very rare.

Here is a video on Hollywood’s bias against guns.

So far this season we have these shows with criminals using machine guns:

CBS’ SWAT (Season 4): E7 Jan 13, 2021

CBS Magnum PI (Season 3): E3 Dec 11 2020

CBS Magnum PI (Season 3): E2 Dec 11 2020

CBS The FBI (Season 3): E1 Nov 17 2020

In last years’ season (2019-2020), we haven’t been keeping close track, but other recent examples include:

CBS’ SWAT (Season 3): E11 January 15, 2020; E21 May 20, 2020 

In last years’ season (2019-2020), we haven’t been keeping close track, but other recent examples include: 

CBS’ SWAT (Season 3): E11 January 15, 2020; E21 May 20, 2020

CBS’ FBI (Season 2): E12 January 14, 2020; Episode 18, March 24, 2020

Fox’s Deputy (Season 1): E1 January 2, 2020 

FBI: Most Wanted (Season 1): Episode 4, January 28, 2020; Episode 6, February 18, 2020, Episode 9, March 24, 2020 

Chicago PD (Season 7): Episode 10 January 8, 2020; Episode 16, March 4, 2020; Season 7, Episode 17, March 18, 2020; Episode 20, April 15 2020

Hawaii Five-O, Season 10, Episode 18, February 28, 2020; Episode 20, March 13, 2020; Episode 21, March 27, 2020

Magnum PI, Season 2, Episode 18, May 1, 2020

Blue Bloods, Season 10, Episode 19, May 1, 2020

The Blacklist, Season 7, Episode 18, May 8, 2020

Here is a list of shows from the 2018-19 television season that showed criminals using machine guns.

The Rookie (Season1): E2, E4, E9, E17, E20 

Magnum PI (Season 1): E1, E15 

Chicago P.D. (Season 6): E14 

Other examples of television media bias on this particular point can be found here.

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