CNN Hides Anti-Gun Brady Campaign Affiliation of Doctor Trashing NRA

November 12th, 2018 5:06 PM

On Saturday afternoon, CNN Newsroom gave attention to a Johns Hopkins Hospital trauma surgeon who has been criticizing the NRA, but the liberal news network, even while interviewing him, did not divulge that he is a board member of the anti-gun Brady Campaign.

Dr. Joseph Sakran was first brought up on CNN early Friday evening during The Situation Room in a report by correspondent Brian Todd which recounted the NRA reacting on Twitter to a group of doctors who recently called for more gun control.



Picking up on a tweet by Dr. Sakran, the report cited his views for much of the pre-recorded piece. On Saturday, the report was repeated at 12:45 p.m. Eastern on CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield.

Then, at 2:49 p.m., Whitfield interviewed him as a guest. Even though he was on screen for four and a half minutes, there were only a couple of brief moments -- one eight-second clip and one four-second segment -- when he was vaguely identified on screen as a "gun control advocate."

By contrast, on Friday evening, as MSNBC's Chris Matthews interviewed him on Hardball and gave him several minutes to promote his support for gun control, the MSNBC host at least informed viewers upfront that his guest is a board member of the Brady Campaign.

If an NRA board member were making news for criticizing an anti-gun group, there's no way that CNN would find that affiliation somehow not relevant enough to mention.