PBS to Air Newtown Series in February; Fresh Push for Gun Control?
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, PBS has decided to air a series of special programming in response to the tragedy in mid-February. We'll review the specials when they air, but early indications are that it will be heavily skewed towards more onerous gun restrictions.
The PBS specials, according to Diane Haithman of Deadline Hollywood, will be broadcasted between February 18-22. The series “will include a Frontline special report in collaboration with The Hartford Courant profiling the shooter; a NOVA documentary about violence and the brain, a Need To Know report on the “ripple effects of the shooting incident”, and an update on political action surrounding gun control from Washington Week With Gwen Ifill.”
Ifill of course is a biased, left-of-center journalist. Back in December we criticized her for her softball interview with gun control champion Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.)
The liberal media seem intend on continuing to stoke the gun control debate, afraid that initial calls for increased gun control will peter out after continued reflection by the electorate. Cooler heads leads to calmer, more rational debate. It's unsurprising that the liberal, taxpayer-subsidized PBS would therefore seek to press the issue with a long-form journalistic series.
It's entirely possible that the end result will be surprisingly fair and balanced, but don't bet the rent money on it.