AR15.com Forum – Thread Spotlight ‘Anti Gun Media'
Honeoye Falls, NY –(Ammoland.com)- This month's featured thread brings up some interesting issues, but the one I am focusing on is that of the left wing media altering the facts to drive their agenda.
The thread is titled NBC apologizes for cutting “under God” from Pledge of Allegiance before U.S. Open and revolves around the production staff at NBC intentionally editing out the phrase “under God” from their US open coverage of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Now, there were many arguments in the thread about whether the phrase should even be in the Pledge or whether the Pledge is ‘communist indoctrination'. Those are secondary issues though when looking at how this major news media outlet chose to frame their broadcast to fit their political agenda.
It is of course nothing new for television and print media to do these types of things but it is something that can not be ignored. This is obviously a religious issue for many, but let's remember that it just as easily could have been a 2nd amendment issue.
How often do we see the words “assault rifle” used in coverage of criminal acts? How often do we see “ammunition stockpile” used when a gun owner is arrested with a few hundred rounds? I bet you could pick up any large city's daily this morning and read about how “the gun show loophole” is allowing thousands of firearms to get into the hands of criminals.
As responsible gun owners we know these things are sensationalized and sometimes even flat out made up by, for lack of a better word, ‘ignorant' reporters and news editors.
It's not a stretch to say that if this had been coverage of a firearms related story this ‘news' agency would have found a way to keep the words “shall not be infringed” from being published when the second amendment was referenced.
The camel's nose under the tent? I think we are at the point of the entire camel sharing our sleeping bags.
If we as consumers allow these news outlets to continue to frame the facts in the manner of their choosing, it won't be long (some would argue it's already too late) until our history as a free people is eroded and twisted to show some liberal vision of what should have happened throughout the story of our great country as opposed to what really has happened.
The only way to stop this behavior is to hit these news agencies where it hurts them the most– their wallets. Conservatives and moderates carry a big stick when it comes to consumer spending. What would happen if we were to all stand up and let the major advertisers of these companies know that we will not be spending our hard earned cash on their products as long as they continued to support this type of politically driven news?
We can always just sit back and complain about how things should be different. That the media should be an impartial watchdog for the citizen, and how unfortunate it is that certain elites that control these companies can now push their belief systems on us and our children. But with just a little effort and a little energy, we can stand up and say enough is enough.
It was interesting to note that while NBC apologized if anyone was offended, the well written apology was couched in terms that implied that this was not the first or last time they intended to use this behavior.
Take a few minutes to read the thread and the story attached. Leave your 2 cents if you'd like. But, more importantly take a few minutes to fire off an email to a couple of NBC's advertisers and let them know just exactly how you feel about this issue.
If enough of us stand together maybe we can reverse the trend of politically driven media coverage from our country's major news outlets.
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