Category Archives: Blaming the Media (210)

CNN’s hard left turn

CNN has always leaned left. But lately, they’ve taken a hard left turn.

I’ve been thinking lately that CNN is tired of getting beat by MSNBC, who went batshit lefty years ago. Thus they’re going batshit lefty to try to get some of their marketshare of batshit leftists back.

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High powered .22s redux

Remember the WaPo story last week that claimed .22LR was a “high powered” rifle. I figured at the time the reporter inadvertently pulled it from his stylebook, not realizing the .22 round is a small step above a high powered air rifle.

Well, apparently the author is doubling down by pointing out the round is used by the Israeli military.

…rather than admit error and issue a correction, Mike Rosenwald doubled down. And he doubled down in the most absurd way possible: by mocking anyone who corrected him, and then by refusing to provide any source or data to back up his absurd claim… Had Rosenwald followed his own advice to use Google to verify simple facts, he would’ve learned that IDF sometimes issues .22 LR rifles in extremely limited circumstances not for combat purposes, but to kill small animals and injure violent protesters.

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High powered .22s

The Trump administration may make a play to deregulate firearm suppressors, and the libtards are having none of that. The anti-gunners watch (and believe) too many movies where “silencers” make guns sound like mouse farts. They’re claiming that sound suppressors are about killing discretely rather than hearing protection, as if gang-bangers doing a drive-by are worried about keeping a low profile.

Then there’s this:

But gun-control activists say silencers are getting quieter, particularly in combination with subsonic ammunition, which is less lethal but still damaging. They point to videos on YouTube in which silencers make high-powered rifles have “no more sound than a pellet gun,” according to one demonstrator showing off a silenced semiautomatic .22LR.

Yes, “high powered” .22LR rifles can be silenced down to sound like air rifles. Nevermind that a .22 rifle already sort of sounds like an air rifle, calling it “high powered” is a like comparing a Fiat to a Ferrari.

UPDATE: The author is apparently doubling down on the .22LR being high powered by pointing out the round is used by the Israeli military.

…rather than admit error and issue a correction, Mike Rosenwald doubled down. And he doubled down in the most absurd way possible: by mocking anyone who corrected him, and then by refusing to provide any source or data to back up his absurd claim… Had Rosenwald followed his own advice to use Google to verify simple facts, he would’ve learned that IDF sometimes issues .22 LR rifles in extremely limited circumstances not for combat purposes, but to kill small animals and injure violent protesters.

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The Assault Weapon Myth

In rare candidness, the New York Times finally admits that “Assault Weapons” are a myth.

…in the 10 years since the previous ban lapsed, even gun control advocates acknowledge a larger truth: The law that barred the sale of assault weapons from 1994 to 2004 made little difference.

It turns out that big, scary military rifles don’t kill the vast majority of the 11,000 Americans murdered with guns each year. Little handguns do. . .

More than 20 years of research funded by the Justice Department has found that programs to target high-risk people or places, rather than targeting certain kinds of guns, can reduce gun violence.

David M. Kennedy, the director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, argues that the issue of gun violence can seem enormous and intractable without first addressing poverty or drugs. A closer look at the social networks of neighborhoods most afflicted, he says, often shows that only a small number of men drive most of the violence. Identify them and change their behavior, and it’s possible to have an immediate impact.

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Dunno Much About Armory

Its no secret that mass media types don’t have a clue about guns. But AP writer John Christoffersen displays a new kind of ignorance with this gem of an article. In an article about the Newtown shootings, after several mentions of “a safe with shotgun shells” Christoffersen writes:

A loaded 12-gauge shotgun was found in the glove compartment of the Honda Civic Lanza drove to the school with two magazines containing 70 rounds of Winchester 12-gauge shotgun rounds.

I’ve seen some pretty short shotguns in my time. But the minimum length barrel without NFA registration is 18 inches. If you pay the NFA tax, you can buy one of those Road Warrior style sawed off double barrels, but I doubt that even that would fit in the glove box of a Honda Civic. Christoffersen displays not only an ignorance of guns, but of Hondas.

UPDATE: It looks like several other AP writers have taken over and completely rewritten the article.

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Monolithic Media

Here is an interesting comparison of the number of news stories about each event. One is 24/7 news, the other got almost no coverage at all outside of the local news.

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And then there’s this:

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Obama’s Bizarro Economy

When is bad news actually good news? When a democrat is in charge.

“Rise in Washington area unemployment seen as good sign for economy’s recovery” — Washington Post headline, March 11, 2010.

Unemployment rates rose in the District, Maryland and Virginia in January, a shift that economists said could be a positive sign for the economy because it suggests that discouraged job-seekers are feeling more optimistic about their prospects and have resumed looking for work.

The District’s jobless rate increased to 12 percent in January from 11.9 percent the previous month, according to data released Wednesday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Maybe if we’re lucky, Washington D.C. unemployment will climb even higher this November.

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And the award for best Obama ass-kiss goes to…

The Magazine Publishers of America, who as James Taranto notes, put Obama in an award category all by himself.

What media bias??

The Magazine Publishers of America’s American Society of Magazine Editors has added a category to its annual magazine cover awards: Obama. This new category is the only ASME category focused on a single person, and highlights the reverential attitude for the President widely held in the magazine publishing community.

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Whatever happened to CNN’s Recession Watch?

CNN/Money, who at times solicits financial advice from Wall Street magnate Billy Joel, hasn’t updated their Recession Watch page since 2008. I wonder what happened?

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CNN in the tank for Obama II

CNN ignored Obama’s gaffe about wanting to give asthmatic children a breathalyzer, but when McCain says he will “veto every beer”, CNN sells t-shirts.

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