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That’s not straight news … CNN’s Erin Burnett, who anchors the network’s “Erin Burnett OutFront,” is billed as a straight news anchor. Her program is supposedly not opinion. Here’s Burnett’s response to Dick’s Sporting Goods’ announcement on AR-15s this morning:
Politicians may lack courage to stand up to NRA. But Dick’s Sporting Goods, USA’s largest sporting goods retailer, will stop selling assault-style weapons and raise minimum age for all gun sales to 21.
— Erin Burnett (@ErinBurnett) February 28, 2018
Let’s unpack that statement. “Politicians may lack courage to stand up to NRA” is not an unbiased statement. It is taking a side in a public policy debate. Of course there’s nothing wrong with expressing an opinion, but you can’t then go and hide behind the mantle of an objective journalist. That’s one of the largest problems with many members of the media: They pretend to be objective when they are not. Be honest and upfront about it.
Laughable segment … CNN military analyst Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (Ret.) starred in a segment on the network to talk about how powerful the AR-15 is. In the segment, Hertling talked about the AR-15’s “full semi-automatic mode,” which doesn’t exist. Hertling later apologized for using the term and claimed that CNN cut a “90 minute discussion” down to a “3-minute story.” But that doesn’t excuse the fact that he participated in pure propaganda for the network.
Twitchy has the story of the hilarious takedown of Hertling’s segment by NRATV’s Colion Noir. The media in general, and CNN in particular, has been on a crusade to paint the AR-15 as more powerful than it actually is.
Arming teachers has broad support … Another narrative the media has been pushing over the past two weeks is that President Trump’s proposal to allow teachers to carry concealed weapons in schools is outside the mainstream. That narrative just took a big hit. According to a Politico poll taken by Morning Consult, half of the registered voters surveyed support allowing teachers or school staff to carry concealed (PDF pg. 19). The idea is definitely not outside the mainstream, no matter how much the media tries to portray it.
— Rob Eno (@Robeno) February 28, 2018
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Anti-Semitic incidents are Trump’s fault … Boston Globe columnist Michael Cohen has the hottest of hot takes regarding the reported troubling surge in anti-Semitic incidents across the country. It’s all Trump’s fault. Despite the Anti-Defamation League president declining to directly attribute the rise to President Trump, Cohen goes all in. He paints Trump as an anti-Semitic bigot who gives oxygen to anti-Semitic forces in the country. Yes, the same Trump who has a Jewish child and Jewish grandchildren and has been a staunch supporter of Israel. The same Trump who is moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
There is no mention in the column of the rise of the BDS (Boycott Divest Sanction) movement on the Left. According to Adam Milstein, the national chairman of the Israeli-American Council, BDS is directly responsible for the growth of anti-Semitism in the United States. That fact doesn’t fit Cohen’s narrative, so he ignores it to paint a less than flattering picture of his true enemy: Trump. It’s completely transparent.
All Schiff, all the time … Adam Schiff is truly the media’s very favorite Trump Derangement Syndrome-infected elected official. An analysis by the Republican National Committee published at the Daily Caller by Chuck Ross shows that Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has given 227 interviews in the 13 months since Donald Trump was inaugurated as president. On CNN and MSNBC alone, the Caller reports, Schiff has spent 23 hours. Yes, almost a full day.
#Unexpectedly … Last week the media rightfully attacked conspiracy theorists who claimed the survivors of the Parkland massacre were “crisis actors.” Where they went wrong, however, was in attacking anyone who said that progressive organizations – yes, even some that are funded by George Soros – were organizing the students’ response. Last night, BuzzFeed News reported that the “Parkland Teens fighting for gun control have the backing of these huge organizing groups.”
Which groups? Here’s the list BuzzFeed has:
Since then, major players and organizations — including Everytown, Giffords, Move On, Planned Parenthood, and the Women’s March LA — told BuzzFeed News they are helping the students with logistics, strategy, and planning for next month’s March for Our Lives rally and beyond. Much of the specific resources the groups are providing to the Parkland students remains unclear — as is the full list of supporting organizations — but there are broad outlines.
That’s a who’s who list of progressive organizations. It’s perfectly believable both that the students believe in their cause and that they are getting help from outside organizations. Noticing this doesn’t make you a conspiracy theorist. The Free Beacon’s Alex Griswold showed how Chris Cillizza’s take, in particular, hasn’t stood the test of time.
This Chris Cillizza take might have been true at the time, but man did it age poorly pic.twitter.com/kPXYnTObjQ
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) February 28, 2018
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Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.