ABC Touts Calderon's 'Sharp Words' Swipe at U.S. for Inadequate Gun Laws

With “Sharp Words” forming the on-screen graphic, ABC anchor Diane Sawyer on Thursday night championed the domestic gun control argument espoused by a foreign leader trying to shift the blame for his nation's criminal activity, a remark neither CBS nor NBC found newsworthy:
Mexico's President Felipe Calderon today challenged a joint session of Congress on gun control, asking that they reinstate a ban on assault weapons, which expired in 2004, saying 80 percent of the traceable weapons used in those crimes in Mexico, right across the border, come from the U.S.
Viewers then heard from Calderon: “I admire the American Constitution, but many of these guns are not going to honest American hands. Instead, thousands are ending up in the hands of criminals.”

Without questioning his statistical claim, Sawyer then observed “Democrats gave him a standing ovation” while “Republicans sat silently,” a disparity which illustrated how Calderon's polemics, which ABC decided to highlight, matches a quest of liberal Democrats.

From the Thursday, May 20 ABC World News:
DIANE SAWYER: And Mexico's President Felipe Calderon today challenged a joint session of Congress on gun control, asking that they reinstate a ban on assault weapons, which expired in 2004, saying 80 percent of the traceable weapons used in those crimes in Mexico, right across the border, come from the U.S.

CALDERON: I admire the American Constitution, but many of these guns are not going to honest American hands. Instead, thousands are ending up in the hands of criminals.

SAWYER: Democrats gave him a standing ovation. Republicans sat silently.
Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center