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

3 Sep , 2018  

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

28 Aug , 2018   Video

“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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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

16 Aug , 2018   Video


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

8 Aug , 2018   Video

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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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

17 Jul , 2018   Video

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

24 Jun , 2018   Video

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

17 Jun , 2018   Video

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

28 Apr , 2018  

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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More Censorship of our research by Twitter

26 Apr , 2018  

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.  …

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

17 Apr , 2018   Video

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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