Should journalists be advocates for tougher gun control measures? It´s a question worth asking as more and more reporters, commentators, and TV anchors are openly promoting stringent gun policies in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. It´s not just the ranters on the left, like MSNBC´s Lawrence O´Donnell, who recently called National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre "the lobbyist for mass murderers." O´Donnell is a controversialist who says things like that all the time. (Snip) More notable are the ostensibly straight-news journalists who have come down on the side of stronger gun control.
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Bill O Rights, 12/25/2012 11:56:44 AM (No. 9083057)
Actually I think it is time we have a serious discussion about common sense regulation of the news media. There is a clear connection between incidents like Sandy Hook and media 24/7 coverage. These individuals want there 15 minutes of fame. Then there are the copy cats. We should implement the following regulations.
There has to be a seven day waiting period before covering mass murders. This will allow time to actually collect facts.
Each news outlet would be restricted to one news story per month per incident.
All reporters assigned to write stories would have to pass a test showing they have a basic knowledge of firearms and close quarter combat before they are allowed to write news stories about mass murders.
Since we want to keep the mentally unhealthy from writing these stories each journalist would have to fill out a federal form attesting under penalty of law that they did not vote for Barack Obama.
Lets face it....years ago Journalism was a profession ...It required a degree that was heavy on writing, history and geography and was both challenging and difficult to get....The field had a code of conduct based on objective REPORTING...Today most journalists are "communications majors" - which is the easiest degree to attain from any University...It shows in the quality of the reading (note I didn´t say reporting)
What those educated idiots really need to do is report a way to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous crazy people. That´s where the problem lies. Obviously the current background check system does not do that.
The MessNBC psychotic TV personality Lawrence "Creepy liar" O´Donnell needs to do some fact checking, and count up how many NRA members have ever murdered anyone, let alone "mass murdered." "Zero" is a mighty significant number there, Larry boy.
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