They announced two days of special journalism devoted to underlining one side of the debate and undermining the other: "CNN takes an in-depth look at the national conversation and the debate over new background checks with Guns Under Fire: A CNN Special Report on Background Checks."
4. On several nights of "Hardball," MSNBC's Chris Matthews offered up the number of the Capitol switchboard. "You can get a hold of your Senator by calling, as I said last night, 202-224-3121. If you don't know your senator or member of Congress, fine, you just go to www.house.gov and enter your zip code to find out who your Congressman is. And www.Senate.Gov to find your Senator."
Can't this be simply acknowledged as corporate lobbying by Comcast, the owners of MSNBC? It certainly can't be described as something a "news" channel does.
5. Over at taxpayer-funded television, PBS omnipresence Bill Moyers posted a "Take Action" item on his "Moyers and Company" website. The Moyers staff told viewers how they can "Take A Stand Against Gun Violence," and be complete Bloomberg robots:
"Call your senator: After you've read up on the legislation, give your senator a call. If you don't have the number, (Bloomberg's group) Mayors Against Illegal Guns will look it up for you (follow the link and hit "Call Congress"). The group also offers to call you first and walk you through critical talking points."
They also pushed viewers to "Tell your friends" to "demand a plan" for gun control on Facebook and Twitter and "recruit your mayor" to join Bloomberg's group.
Whether it's guns, gays or global warming, the "objective" media all too often decide that there's one side that deserves to win and one side that needs to be crushed or ignored. The first journalistic principle seems to be arrogance.
The news reports after Obama's loss were overwhelmingly composed of Obama yelling at Congress and Newtown relatives near tears. Actual sound bites or arguments from the gun-rights advocates were either submerged or forbidden.
As usual, liberal TV networks thrive on emotional manipulation, and when that fails, they hyperventilate in disbelief that anyone would dare to make Obama declare it had been a "really shameful day in Washington."
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. To find out more about Brent Bozell III, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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