2 Oct , 2018

CBS’ Bull claiming that buying a handgun in New York City is the “easiest thing in the world”

CBS’ Bull (Season 3, episode 2) is about a woman who murdered a man who killed her child. According to the show, the woman who fatally shot this man found it the “easiest thing in the world” to legally buy a handgun in New York City.

First, one has to get a NYC handgun license, which is not only expensive (about $440); forms, reference letters, and a visit and interview by the NYPD; and it can take up to eight months to get the license.…

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8 Sep , 2018

Political Bias on Guns: Gap between movie review and audience scores is huge for Jennifer Garner’s “Peppermint”

The gap between what audiences think of a movie and what top movie critics think of a movie has rarely been larger than for Jennifer Garner’s “Peppermint,” except for notably Bruce Willis’ recent “Death Wish.”  While only 13% of all critics (and 14% of top movie reviewers) liked “Peppermint,” there is a huge gape between that and the 85% of the audiences who saw it and liked it.…

3 Sep , 2018

More Social Media Bias: Facebook prevents us from advertising Fox News stories about our work

Our attempts this week to put up ads on Facebook produced some disturbing results. Facebook treated a news link from Fox News and a link to our website very differently, even though both contained the same information. We have previously been prevented many times from linking to our Fox News opinion pieces, but we hadn’t thought about the issue of systematic bias against Fox News until the events of this week.

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28 Aug , 2018

Media Bias on Guns: CBS’ Elementary claiming that gun buybacks always reduce gun deaths

“Sherlock Holmes” on CBS Elementary explains that gun buyback programs “reduce the number of firearm fatalities everywhere they have been attempted.” In fact, the opposite is true.

Here is a quote from the National Academies of Sciences report “Firearms and Violence” (pp. 95-6, emphasis added): “The theory on which gun buy-back programs is based is flawed in three respects.…

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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 fictitious Scarlet magazine in New York City (think Cosmopolitan). Sutton Brady (Meghann Fahy) risks alienating her friends by owning a gun. When roommate Jane Sloan (Katie Stevens) finds out, she confronts Sutton and acts like she’s 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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