Vice President Biden Calls on 'Legitimate Media' to Push for Gun Control

Vice President Joe Biden officially enlisted the liberal media in the administration’s attack on gun rights. During a press conference on Sunday, he commanded: “We’re counting on all of you, the legitimate news media to cover these [gun policy] discussions because the truth is that times have change.”

And as if on cue NBC News, according to TV Newser, has announced it will launch “a company-wide initiative examining gun violence, gun legislation and gun ownership.” The segments, to be part of a series called “Flashpoint: Guns in America,” will be aired on all of NBC News’ platforms including MSNBC, CNBC and NBC News Digital.

The order from Biden wasn’t really necessary as the MRC found, in a recent study, that the media began immediately pushing for more gun control after the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newton, Connecticut.

At the gun policy press conference on Sunday, according to The Washington Examiner’s Charlie Spiering, Biden “said that any reports that suggest that he was trying to take weapons away from gun owners was a ‘bunch of malarkey.’” Biden added: “To be very blunt with you, we’re counting on all of you, the legitimate news media to cover these discussions because the truth is that times have changed.”

Geoffrey Dickens
Geoffrey Dickens
Geoffrey Dickens is the Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center.