March for Our Lives
It was a tale of two protests. After a school walkout against gun violence in March, students across the country organized a pro-life walkout in support of the unborn and pregnant and parenting students. But the networks only covered one of them.
The New York Times visited the district of a purportedly vulnerable Republican congresswoman to report “Gun Control and Fall Elections: Moment or Movement?” Reporting from Northern Virginia, Matt Flegenheimer and Jess Bidgood piled another log on the Democratic heat wave toward November, chiding gun rights advocates as sometimes offering "unsavory" tactics, while letting anti-gun teen activists be as classlass as they want to be: ""We’ll outlive them,' said Sean Monteith, 17, a junior at Lewiston High School, adding that he hoped his peers would be able to outvote them, too...."
Saturday's NBC Nightly News devoted an entire report to celebrating a high school government teacher in Parkland, Florida, who is being credited with "grooming" three of the "articulate" liberal student activists who have espoused "thoughtful arguments" in promoting more gun control. Correspondent Kerry Sanders even tried to undermine conservatives who had fretted that the students were being coached by liberals by informing viewers that the teacher in question is a "card-carrying Republican."
On Friday, all three network morning shows touted Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student and gun control activist David Hogg demanding that advertisers pull their sponsorship of Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show after she mocked him on Twitter – for which she has apologized. However, missing from all the hand-wringing about civility was any acknowledgment that Hogg and several other student activists have repeatedly used media appearances to hurl vile attacks against anyone who disagrees with them.
CNN claims in its advertisements that it's all about "Facts First." So what would explain fan-girling CNN articles like this one? "A brief history of how Parkland survivor David Hogg keeps schooling lawmakers on social media."
Only minutes after taking to Twitter early Wednesday morning to falsely claim that “no one” was talking about repealing the Second Amendment, CNN New Day co-host Chris Cuomo doubled-down on that assertion during an interview with former Senator Rick Santorum. When the Republican pointed to a Tuesday New York Times op/ed in which former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens demanded that the right to bear arms be revoked, Cuomo simply pretended it didn’t happen.
Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan has proven herself to not only be a liberal media cheerleader, but a pathetic partisan hack. Her column for Wednesday’s newspaper showed that as she sought to build a protective wall around the anti-gun, far-left Parkland students despite their fact-free, vile rhetoric.
Even though the March for Our Lives happened over the weekend, the liberals at MSNBC continued to provide students with opportunities to promote gun-control policies on Monday, when All In host Chris Hayes asked Maryland teenager Matt Post why people should listen to him and other student activists. “Because we are the moral conscience of this country,” the guest readily asserted before claiming: “We need to start caring about human lives, and we need to create public policy that reflects that.”
In Asheville, North Carolina, the Gannett-affiliated Citizen Times gave wall-to-wall coverage to the city's version of Saturday's March For Our Lives. Somehow, though, the paper didn't find the time or energy for almost three weeks to report a March 7 comment by a Democratic candidate for county sheriff who told a Michael Bloomberg-funded "Moms Demand Action" group that prying guns out of owners' "cold dead hands" would be "okay." Finally, the paper noted the controversy on Tuesday — and came down on R. Daryl Fisher's side.
On Monday's The 11th Hour on MSNBC, host Brian Williams ended the show with a commentary in which he gushed over the anti-gun students who spoke at the March for Our Lives rally, and then lamented that conservative CNN political commentator Rick Santorum might have ruined the day for its supporters by recommending that students take CPR classes, try to combat bullying in their schools, and be more proactive in their own schools instead of demonstrating for more gun control.
Monday night on the Fox News Channel, FNC host Tucker Carlson and The Hill’s Joe Concha hammered the liberal media for their criticism-free coverage of the anti-gun, controversial Parkland students, the March for Our Lives, and their obsessive coverage of Stormy Daniels having little effect on President Trump’s poll numbers.
On Monday night, near the end of his CNN Tonight show, host Don Lemon got into a heated debate with right-leaning CNN political commentator Tara Setmayer after she began criticizing the media for giving the anti-gun Parkland student activists a forum to make incendiary attacks on the NRA and other opponents of gun control.