Last night on CNN’s Piers Morgan Live program, veteran broadcast journalist Barbara Walters made an observation so jarring that it would explain why the mainstream press – with but few exceptions – has allowed the Obama administration to skate on such scandals as Fast and Furious.
Reacting to Morgan’s curiosity about why Barack Obama is now facing criticism and declining poll numbers, Walters acknowledged, “We thought that he was going to be - I shouldn't say this at Christmastime, but - the next messiah.”
NewsBusters has pounced on this like a wolf pack on a Blue Mountains elk calf. Was Walters speaking for the whole of the American public, or just the majority of her colleagues in the mainstream press? Many in the firearms community believe the latter, that the press is biased, which would explain so much about why the press has given the president a pass, not to mention how they didn’t react to Vice President “Shotgun” Joe Biden after his monumentally stupid advice earlier this year that homeowners repel burglaries and home invasions by touching off a double-barrel shotgun outside of the house; a felony or gross misdemeanor in jurisdictions too numerous to list.
Had former Vice President Dick Cheney said that, the press would have been all fangs, and they know it. After his hunting accident in Texas, Cheney was fair game.
Back in 2008, then-Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell acknowledged, “But some of the conservatives' complaints about a liberal tilt are valid. Journalism naturally draws liberals; we like to change the world. I'll bet that most Post journalists voted for Obama. I did. There are centrists at The Post as well. But the conservatives I know here feel so outnumbered that they don't even want to be quoted by name in a memo.”
The late Ms. Howell – she was killed in an accident in New Zealand in January 2010 – did not witness the unfolding of Fast and Furious almost a year later. But her former colleagues did, and only a handful ever dug into the story. Or Benghazi. Or any other story that might have reflected poorly on Mr. Obama or his administration.
But with Obamacare revealed for the train wreck it was always destined to be, it appears the press is taking another look at this “messiah” and perhaps it will help moderate what many believe is a bias against the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. In Washington, the press will have an opportunity to examine the dueling initiatives and determine whether any new gun law proposals would prevent another Sandy Hook or Arapahoe High School, or any other high-profile shooting incident.
Perhaps some reporters will pick up a ball just tossed by the Bearing Arms.com website, quoting the Huffington Post, that this year’s big spike in gun sales has not led to a predicted bloodbath, and has even been safer for police officers, according to preliminary figures from the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund (NLEOMF). The “HufPo” noted Monday, “With only a couple weeks to go, 2013 is shaping up to be the safest year for police officers since the 1950s.”
According to the NLEOMF, there have been 29 police officers killed so far by gunfire, down 37 percent from 2012, when 45 died from gunshot wounds. This happened during a period when concealed carry grew nationwide, including here in Washington where more than 54,000 new concealed pistol licenses have been issued since January. This column will obtain new figures from the Department of Licensing later today.
As this column noted, anti-gun Colorado lawmakers who pushed through that state’s new gun restrictions earlier this year, have some explaining to do after last Friday’s shooting. Those new gun laws were supposed to prevent that. Now Moms Demand Action is focusing on the fact that 18-year-old gunman was able to legally purchase the pump shotgun and ammunition.
The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday that Karl Pierson had 125 rounds of assorted shotgun shells, including “steel shot, buckshot and slug ammunition.” Watch gun prohibitionists, and perhaps some reporters, zero on those “deadly” steel shot shells, not realizing that steel shot is what is now mandated by federal law for waterfowl hunting.
Walters’ admission about how Obama was revered as a “messiah” can only reinforce the notion among conservatives and gun owners that the mainstream press is fundamentally shallow and incredibly stupid, which supports the belief that the media cannot report gun issues fairly or accurately.