BUCKEYE FIREARMS: Stay up-to-date on gun laws, politics, and events. Plus get the Grassroots Action Guide FREE!
Time Magazine editor-at-large admits "overwhelming sentiment" for "gun control" at most major news organizations
by Chad D. Baus
Most gun owners who follow political issues closely already know how biased the establishment media are against guns, even though it isn't often a journalist actually admits it. But that is exactly what happened when Time Magazine editor-at-large Mark Halperin, appeared last week on MSNBC and confessed a broad media consensus to curtail gun rights:
"If you walk the halls of most major news organizations or of the OEOB at the White House or West Wing, I think you'd find overwhelming sentiment that there should be stricter gun control laws in the United States."
Media Research Center's Kyle Drennan, who first published news of Halperin's comments, notes that after admitting the press and the Obama administration were on the same page on the issue, Halperin lamented:
" ... the intensity, in terms of guns as a voting issue, is much more on the side of people who don't want additional gun control legislation .... [President Obama] knows it's a loser politically and it will not pass and it does not represent the will of most of the American people."
MRC also provided a transcript of the entire exchange between Halperin and MSNBC's Anrea Mitchell:
ANDREA MITCHELL: Jay Carney was asked about this, Mark Halperin, yesterday, and he directed reporters to an op-ed that the President wrote in the Arizona Daily Star in 2011 after the Tucson shooting and says that, "He believes that it is possible to protect Second Amendment rights of the American people but ensure we are not allowing weapons into the hands of individuals who should not, by existing law, obtain those weapons." The key phrase there, "by existing law." Copout?
MARK HALPERIN: Andrea, I think there's – I think there's some realities of this in terms of politics. If you walk the halls of most major news organizations or of the OEOB at the White House or West Wing, I think you'd find overwhelming sentiment that there should be stricter gun control laws in the United States.
And for people who want that, like Mayor Bloomberg, they say, "Well, it's the NRA and the power of the NRA." That's part of it. But it's also the poll that – the reality of what's reflected in the poll that Chris [Cillizza] cited, it's stronger than just the numbers Chris cited though, because the intensity, in terms of guns as a voting issue, is much more on the side of people who don't want additional gun control legislation.
The people who want more, argue for it, they have press conferences, they try to say it's about crime and not about the Second Amendment, but they've made no progress and it's manifested, most clearly, by President Obama, you know, being passionate and reaching out and talking about the victims, which is first and foremost on all of our minds now, but not be willing to put any legislative muscle behind it because he knows it's a loser politically and it will not pass and it does not represent the will of most of the American people.
In other words, Mark Halperin is admitting that despite intense, biased news coverage about guns, year in and year out, the American people find themselves in less and less agreement with the media when it comes to the Second Amendment.
That means that op-eds like this one from Brent Larkin, former director of The Plain Dealer's editorial page, no matter how shrill or inane they become, just aren't having the affect the media hopes that will. As Rich Lowry points out in an excellent National Review op-ed entitled "Thank you, NRA," in 1959, Gallup found that 60 percent of people supported banning handguns. Now, Gallup doesn't even show majority support for banning assault weapons.
As Charlie Sheen would say:
Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Vice Chairman.