July 26, 2018
All three networks on Tuesday and Wednesday ignored a blockbuster Second Amendment ruling to come out of the usually liberal Ninth Circuit. The pro-gun rights decision found that Americans DO have a constitutional right to openly carry outside of the home.
Despite a combined eight hours of air time on Wednesday, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS This Morning and NBC’s Today avoided the big win for gun rights advocates. (So did Tuesday’s evening newscasts.) Fox News, unlike the networks, did cover the story. Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade alerted: “The Ninth Circuit court is backing the Second Amendment. The ruling comes after a Hawaiian man’s attempt to openly carry a handgun was shot down twice in 2011. A lower court argued the Constitution only carries to open carry inside your home.”
Generally speaking, the networks downplay Second Amendment victories. The day after the historic June 26, 2008 Supreme Court ruling finding an individual right to the Second Amendment, the networks could only bother with a combined 3 minutes and 33 seconds.
So it may not be surprising to some that ABC, CBS and NBC ignored an appeals court ruling on guns. However, the same networks covered Donald Trump’s travel ban every step of the way, including through the appeals courts.
This article was posted: Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 6:35 am