At The Hill: “The AP provides another example of how media pushes an anti-gun agenda”

3 Dec , 2017  

Dr. John Lott had a piece in today’s The Hill about media bias in Associated Press.  One of the problems that one always has in showing media bias is knowing exactly what the author knew in putting the piece together.  Was the author just uninformed or were they biased?  In this case, one can see what the AP took from two different news stories and that while the original stories were fairly balanced, what went into the final AP piece took quotes from only one side of the debate.  …



CPRC ad on Twitter not approved because of “inappropriate language”

6 Nov , 2017  

Yesterday, we put up a post on the CPRC website noting that a law-abiding citizen had stopped the mass public shooting at the Texas church.  We were putting this out hours before the national media was picking up on this important story.  Dr. Lott had put this up on his Twitter feed and tried to get some more attention for it by paying for a Twitter Ad campaign.  …



Acknowledging the media bias on guns from former CEO of National Public Radio

22 Oct , 2017  

The former CEO of National Public Radio Ken Stern has a piece at the New York Post on the media’s bias on guns.  From the NY Post:

. . . Over the course of this past year, I have tried to consume media as they do and understand it as a partisan player.


Washington Times news article discusses the different definitions of mass shootings

11 Oct , 2017  

Bradford Richardson at the Washington Times had a long article based on an interview that he had with Dr. John Lott (words in bold were not in the original article).  The CPRC has made these points before. The article in the Washington Times is as follows:

. . . In the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre, left-leaning media outlets have been playing fast and loose with the data on mass shootings to inflate their number and suggest that white men make up a disproportionate share of the perpetrators.

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Media Bias: CBS fires VP after she say she’s not sympathetic to Las Vegas victims since they were likely Republicans

2 Oct , 2017  

Here are Hayley Geftman-Gold’s two tweets that got her in trouble:

“If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing.”

“I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”

From Fox News:

CBS has parted ways with one of the company’s top lawyers after she said she is “not even sympathetic” to victims of the Las Vegas shooting because “country music fans often are Republican,” when discussing the tragic mass shooting that occurred in Las Vegas late Sunday night.


Violence Policy Center keeps using using Justifiable Homicide data to make false claims about defensive gun use

24 Sep , 2017  

It has become an annual rite with the Violence Policy Center to release a report claiming, “Firearms 100 times more likely to kill women than protect them.” Last year, the New York Times and Vice carried the claims.  This year, it made headlines at The Nation and local media outlets around the country (e.g., Spartenburg Herald Journal, Greenville News (SC), KALB News (Louisiana), WZTV (Tennessee), WYFF (Greenville, South Carolina), Charleston City Paper (South Carolina), Charleston Post Courier (South Carolina), Greer Today (Greer, South Carolina), WIBW (Kansas), WCBD (South Carolina), The Herald (South Carolina), and various left-wing websites such as Alternet).…



Responding to some of the attacks on Dr. Lott after his testimony to the President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

14 Sep , 2017  

Over the last few days, there have been a lot of attacks on Dr. Lott research after his testimony to the President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.  One of the common lines of attack has been that he testified in an area where he is not an expert.

The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham claims:

“But Lott also occasionally branches out into other topics.

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The flawed and misleading Donohue, Aneja, & Weber Study claiming right-to-carry laws increase violent crime

9 Jul , 2017  

An unpublished study by John Donohue, Abhay Aneja, and Kyle Weber has received a lot of attention for supposedly finding some evidence that right-to-carry laws increase overall violent crime rates.  It has been covered in Newsweek, The Atlantic, Bloomberg, Vice, Snopes, and many newspapers such as Newsday and the Salt Lake City Tribune.  …

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In the New York Daily News: NPR and PBS should not get public subsidies

23 Mar , 2017  

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at the New York Daily News on why NPR and PBS should not get public subsidies.  It talks a little about NPR’s biases in covering the gun issue.  The piece starts this way:

Whatever original purpose public broadcasting had back in 1969, President Trump is right: The reason for its existence is long gone.



On C-SPAN’s Washington Journal: Social Security Changes to Gun Background Check Rule

4 Mar , 2017  

Dr. John Lott talked about the Trump administration’s decision to roll back an Obama administration rule on background checks for gun purchases.  The conversation explains how Obama’s rule banned gun ownership by Social Security recipients who received help on their finances and how the media and various politicians have inaccurately described those rules.…

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