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Sunday, March 31, 2013
NewsBusters' Double Standard on Shame
Topic: NewsBusters

Matt Vespa devotes a March 29 NewsBusters post to ranting about how the website Slate is trying to shame Americans by accurately reporting the number of firearm-related fatalities since the Newtown massacre:

The liberal website Slate has taken post-Newtown commentary to a new low by tracking the amount of deaths via firearm that have occurred since December. It’s purely an emotional ploy to show how awful America, our right to bear arms, and gun owners really are, and how the perpetuate carnage.  Hence, we must act, and pass ineffectual policies like an assault weapons ban.  What’s odd is that this interactive map was posted yesterday, when President Obama testily chastised the country for Congress's failure thus far to enact his anti-gun agenda. 

Furthermore, its seems Chris Kirk and Dan Kois, the two men compiling this butcher’s bill, are lusting for more macabre news, urging readers to help them "draw a more complete picture of gun violence in America" by tweeting "@GunDeaths with a citation" of "gun death[s] in your community" that "[aren't] represented here."

Tragically, murders occur everyday, but when did we decide to make it a science project to track the dead?  Is it because the president said we should act?   Kirk and Kois should know that violent crime has gone down astronomically over the past decade. So, this attempt to paint our society as a bloody hellish abyss is craven to the extreme.

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If we’re going to track murders, why just track the ones where a gun was involved?  What about knifes, baseball bats, cars, alcohol (drunk driving/vehicular manslaughter), arson, torture, rape, or strangulation?

Far from seeking to illuminate and inform, the objective here is to ghoulishly capitalize on tragedy in service of legislation that undercuts Americans' fundamental 2nd Amendment rights.  It's tasteless, classless, and cynical, but sadly par for the course for online liberal media outlets.

The very same day, by contrast, fellow NewsBuster Paul Bremmer was lamenting that women who have abortions aren't being shamed enough, which he tried to make up for with a large dose sneering contempt:

On Wednesday, ABC News posted a story on its website that is sure to send chills of horror down the spines of women all across the northern Great Plains. The state of North Dakota only has one abortion clinic – and it may soon be forced to shut down if the state’s restrictive new abortion law goes into effect. (Read the full story here.)

The story, written by political reporter Chris Good, was a ridiculously one-sided plea for sympathy for North Dakota women who have to travel great distances to kill their unborn children.

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Wow. Hundreds of miles is a long way to travel to kill your unborn baby. These women must be dedicated.

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It gets tiresome to see abortion-seeking women constantly portrayed as victims in the media. Forgive me if I shed no tears for these women who have to travel hundreds of miles to get to an abortion clinic. After all, the media shed no tears for the lives these women eagerly snuff out.

Such compassion, Mr. Bremmer.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:34 PM EDT

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