March for Our Lives
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.
Sports figures are heavy hitters now with their social justice activism. When they speak, their adoring fans, along with gun control advocates, listen. With an assist from Associated Press reports, ESPN News Services compiled examples of athlete involvement with Saturday's March For Our Lives events. Among the big names supporting the marches were, among others, NBA coach Steve Kerr, former NBA players Bill Russell and Steve Nash, Lakers' owner Jeanie Buss and current NBA players Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (at right in photo).
On Monday, it appeared The New Yorker was having a contest for most ludicrous statement about the left-wing Parkland school protesters. First, Emily Witt claimed these slash-and-burn NRA haters "have been as polite and popular protesters can hope to be." The Hold My Beer moment came from Rebecca Mead, who compared Emma "We Call BS" Gonzalez to Joan of Arc.
Taking a clear anti-gun stand, the New York Times sent a platoon of reporters worldwide to cover the anti-gun March for Our Lives for Sunday’s lead slot. On Monday, the paper pivoted to the November elections, with Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin pressuring Republicans on the front page: “Gun Protests Leave Republicans Scrambling as Midterms Loom.” It’s the same gun-hostile, NRA-obsessed wishful thinking the Times has indulged in for decades, fueled by slanted reporting and expressing regret at past political failures.
On Monday afternoon, NBC national correspondent and sometimes MSNBC anchor Peter Alexander went beyond simply giving a forum to anti-gun activists to promote their views, but he encouraged MSNBC viewers to go to their website and sign a contract promising to vote for anti-gun candidates.
It’s not often that CNN media reporter Brian Stelter is honest about his blatant biases when it comes to politics, just take his assertions about the President’s mental fitness and his denials of making such connections. But during an appearance on the Monday edition of HLN’s S.E. Cupp Unfiltered, the Reliable Sources host appeared to let it slip that he let radical anti-gun activist David Hogg get away with making false claims about the guns and the NRA during a February 25 interview on his show.
Earlier this month, the world-famous toy store chain Toys “R” Us announced it was it was liquidating its assets and going out of business, closing all 735 US stores by June. If that and the fact that over 33,000 jobs will be lost doesn’t convince you how kids today are living in a different world than the past few generations before them, look no further than this past weekend’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.
On Sunday, CNN's Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter spoke with Marjory Stoneman Douglas school newspaper co-editor Rebecca Schneid. When asked if she sees "a difference right now between journalism and activism and what you're doing," Schneid responded that "in its own right journalism is a form of activism." In a telling Twitter follow-up, Los Angeles Times reporter Matt Pearce, who should know better, showed that he doesn't see a difference, and is shamelessly proud of it.
Using a debunked photo of Parkland student Emma Gonzalez ripping apart the Constitution and a Facebook post from Republican Congressman Steve King (Iowa) as cudgels, CNN Newsroom fill-in host Jim Sciutto and New York Times columnist Charles Blow rallied on Monday afternoon to defend the anti-gun, far-left Parkland students from conservative criticism.