16 Aug , 2018

Media Bias on Guns: ABC’s “The Bold Type” uses all the typical gun control rhetoric and tries to let young women know they will alienate their friends


ABC’s “The Bold Type” is about young women working at a magazine in New York City called Scarlet (think: Cosmopolitan). The program makes it very clear that a young woman (Sutton Brady who is played by Meghann Fahy) risks alienating her friends if she owns a gun. When her roommate (Jane Sloan played by Katie Stevens) finds out that she owns a gun, it isn’t a very pleasant conversation, with the roommate thinking that she is some unthinking conservative who doesn’t care about people’s safety.…

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8 Aug , 2018

Media Bias on Guns: ABC’s Quantico: Obligatory “I hate guns”

A lot of TV characters these days are saying how much they hate guns. It is hard to think of any other item that they so regularly deride.

We previously pointed to ABC’s The Crossing, when the Sheriff’s son says, “I don’t like guns.” The main character on NBC’s Reverie said simply, “I hate guns.” The phrase was again used here in ABC’s Quantico (Season 1, episode 4).…

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17 Jul , 2018

More TV bias on Guns: History Channel’s Seal Team Six: Despite terrorist threats to family, Seal team member tries to convince his wife that she is safer without a gun

Jackie Ortiz (played by Nadine Velazquez), the wife of a Seal Team Six member, asks her husband, Ricky Ortiz (played by Juan-Pablo Raba) to teach her how to use a handgun for self-defense after his family was threatened by Islamist militants. She explains that she is worried when he is not around to protect the family.…

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24 Jun , 2018

TV bias on guns: CBS’s Ransom: Gun fails to protect family and puts children in danger

Media bias on guns takes many forms. In just 34 seconds, this segment from CBS’ Ransom tries making the case that owning a gun didn’t provide protection against attackers but still puts their children in danger (Season 2, Episode 11, June 23, 2018). The wife is also very upset with the husband that he apparently broke a promise to get rid of the gun.…

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17 Jun , 2018

TV bias on guns: NBC’s Reverie: Main character says “I hate guns,” always emphasizing danger of guns

Media bias on guns takes many forms. Here is an all too typical example where a character simply comes out and says: “I hate guns.” NBC’s Reverie has had three episodes so far. A common theme through the three shows has been that Mara Kint (played by the very beautiful and talented Sarah Shahi) was traumatized by her brother-in-law shooting her sister and niece to death.…

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28 Apr , 2018

At The Hill newspaper: Waffle House shooting illustrates the danger posed by gun-free zones

Dr. John Lott’s newest article at The Hill newspaper starts this way:

Another mass public shooting in another gun-free zone, and yet again the media ignores it. Right at the front of the Waffle House restaurant in Antioch, Tennessee was a sign prohibiting firearms. But none of the news media, neither national nor local, reported that fact.

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26 Apr , 2018

More Censorship of our research by Twitter

We have previously run into trouble with Twitter censoring our activity.  Gavin McGinnis recently posted a Tweet linking to some of our research correcting false statements made by Vox.com on guns.  But Twitter provided the following warning:

So what does “sensitive material” mean?  Apparently, Twitter says that sensitive material is “abusive and offensive” material.  …

17 Apr , 2018

TV Bias on Guns: ABC’s The Crossing with young boy saying “I don’t like guns”

Media bias on guns takes many forms. Here is an all too typical example where a character simply comes out and says: “I don’t like guns.” Here the sheriff’s young son is talking to a deputy who jokingly says that the boy could one day be sheriff. When the boy says “I don’t like guns,” the deputy reacts awkwardly.…

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15 Apr , 2018

NBC’s Taken tries to convince viewers that gun-free zones are fine, that criminals will obey them

NBC seems to have given out orders to its TV shows to include some anti-gun/pro-gun control mention in them. In this episode of Taken, the show tries to briefly and subtly convey to viewers that gun-free zones work because the criminals won’t disobey the bans. Does anyone seriously think that a group of paid, professional killers couldn’t find some way to get a gun into a hospital?  …

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30 Mar , 2018

Media Bias on guns: Chicago Fire: Does ammunition in a fire pose a real threat to firemen?

In Episode 15 of Season 6 (March 22, 2018), Chicago Fire shows scenes where a man’s ammunition is set off by a fire.  Bullets shoot everywhere, seriously wounding both the man’s mother and a fireman.  (If you don’t mind increasing NBC’s estimated number of people who have watched the show, it can be seen on Hulu here.)

We tried posting about a minute from NBC’s Chicago Fire on YouTube without success. …

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