On last night's Gun Nuts Radio, we discussed open carry at Tea Party protests, whether it hurts or helps our cause and the media's reaction to law-abiding people carrying firearms. It was a really great show and we had some quality commentary from callers. (& if you listen very carefully, you might even hear that soft-spoken guy from SayUncle)
I spoke briefly about seeing the initial CNN report on the African-American man carrying an AR-15 on his back at a protest and how odd the coverage seemed to me. Watch...
Hmm...after showing an African-American man carrying a rifle, they immediately try to take the focus off of him, suggesting that a white man was carrying an AR too. And notice, too, that they imply that the pro-Obama crowd was peaceful and the anti-Obama crowd was not, even though every single reported instance of violence at a protest has been instigated by those supporting Obamacare. Conveniently for them, there are no photos of this angry, shouting AR-toting white man so, really, they can say whatever they like.
It seems to me that CNN made racist assumptions about this African-American man. They made the story appear as if this man was there quietly and peacefully supporting Obamacare and brought his rifle because he felt threatened by the crazy whackos on the other side of the debate. Naturally, if he's black, he just couldn't possibly be anything other than a liberal, right? The man was later revealed to be a pro-2nd Amendment libertarian who thinks all taxation is theft. I'm willing to wager he's not exactly a fan of socialized health care.
You might think. "A national news network wouldn't possibly lie or distort the facts so blatantly, would they? They wouldn't spin a story like that, right?"
Oh, no? Think again.