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Monday, March 11, 2013
MRC Wants You To Trust The Discredited John Lott
Topic: Media Research Center

Liz Thatcher used a March 6 Media Research Center Business & Media Institute item to complain that USA Today highlighted a study claiming that gun violence costs $12 billion a year. Thatcher attacked the group funding the study as having "left-wing inclinations" as well as being "financially connected to left-wing donor George Soros."

At no point did Thatcher offer any evidence challenging the study's results.

Thatcher went on to complain that did not mention "how many lives have been saved because of guns," concluding:

Or, USA Today and other media outlets could heed the advice of economist and gun advocate John Lott. In an op-ed published on Mar. 5 for National Review, he charged that a little less media coverage of mass shooters could be helpful for public safety, something PIRE loves to talk about. “We should be trying to deprive these killers of what they crave: attention and easy targets,” he wrote.

Lott is a thoroughly discredited gun researcher. And Thatcher wants us to take the advice of him over that of a group whose research she can't even disprove? That's rich.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:31 AM EDT

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