I saw a CNN “News Flash” pop up on my iphone earlier. It read “Bergen says ‘Gun violence a national security issue” after beeping frantically in my pocket. I have sworn off reading the daily news a few years ago because I got to the point that I could not handle the lack of professionalism and the blatant information peddling that our nation’s journalists maliciously commit every second of every day.
But on rare occasion, I’ll get bored and will check out what’s going on with a story. For those of you that are wondering, I like receiving news flashes and article titles on my smart phone because it allows me to keep up with important issues (like a terrorist bombing or similar important happening) without having to be frustrated by the influence peddlers at the newspapers and news outlets.
Today, I decided that I would indulge in CNN’s story because it involved the tragedy in Connecticut as well as guns. I was absolutely mortified at the lack of professionalism that this douche Bergen called journalism. I’ll break it down how this is absolutely typical of journalists on the state, national, and international level.
See my comments in red below after each ridiculous paragraph:
“(CNN) — The proliferation of semiautomatic weapons in the hands of Americans of the types that were used in the Newtown massacre is sometimes framed as a public health issue in the United States.” “Sometimes framed as a public health issue”? So are lice…. This is the way they start their authoritative expose on any issue they want to force you to believe. They start with a premise so utterly vague and without form that it can’t be argued. read on….
“There is considerable merit to the notion of treating gun violence as a public health matter. After all, homicides — around 70% of which are accomplished with firearms in the United States according to an authoritative study by the United Nations — are the 15th leading cause of death for Americans.” I can’t find anywhere in this “authoritative study” that says this. I did find a CDC study that said that gun related homicide (or ANY form of homicide) was not in the Top 15 at all! Even the freakin’ Los Angeles Times had an article this year about the decline in homicide rates in the US. (see http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jan/11/news/la-heb-death-rates-homicide-20120111). Interesting how he finds facts that suit his needs to build upon the previous paragraph’s foundationless argument….
“But framing gun control as a public health issue doesn’t quite do justice to the problem. It’s probably more or less inevitable that most Americans will die of cancer or a heart attack, but why is it even plausible that so many Americans in elementary schools, colleges, movie theaters and places of worship should die at the hands of young men armed with semiautomatic weapons?” He’s now forming and shaping our opinions with an emotional appeal… “why is it plausible?”
“Americans generally regard themselves as belonging to an exceptional nation. And in terms of living in a religiously tolerant and enormously diverse country, Americans can certainly take some justified pride. That tolerant pluralism was on display Sunday night at the interfaith memorial service for the 27 victims in Newtown, which featured priests from several Christian denominations, clerics of the Muslim and Baha’i faiths as well as a rabbi, a memorial that was led by the country’s first African American president. But there is another side to American exceptionalism that many Americans seem strangely unable to recognize: Americans kill each other with guns at rates that are unheard of in other advanced industrialized countries. Britain, with around a fifth of the population of the United States, had 41 gun murders in 2010 while the States had around 10,000.” Interesting that all these stats are pulled from the very organization that is trying to force the US to ban guns…. All this tells me is that the US has a violence problem. How is getting rid of one tool going to end this? The bad guys will just use something else.
“The scale of this death toll really resembles a national security problem as much it does a public health issue.”
Ahhh, there it is… what he REALLY wants us to believe.
“Consider that jihadist terrorists have only been able to kill 17 Americans in the United States since 9/11. Meanwhile, some 88,000 Americans died in gun violence from 2003 and 2010, according to the U.N. study.”
Now he tries again to tie guns to an emotional hook like the “jihad terrorists”….. and it goes on and on.
I’ll stop right here. The article just gets worse and worse until he starts whipping himself into an emotional fury. This is why I cannot stand Fox News, CNN, or MSNBC.Hell, even the Dallas Morning News is unbearable. I wonder when the American Press started prostituting themselves to their own emotional needs?I cannot imagine a more despicable profession than journalism or politics. I pray that my 18 month old doesn’t become either…
Do you want to have a CHL class Dallas, TX or the surrounding suburbs? Please call me. My wife and kids are safer with you walking around armed. This is a statistical fact, and we need you.