Last night’s Republican debate on CNBC has earned scathing critiques from conservative commentators about media bias, and a similar conversation has erupted among Western Washington Second Amendment activists regarding a program tonight at the Seattle Public Library on so-called “gun violence” because there is no representation on the panel from any firearms organization.
CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick and John Harwood have been taking lumps overnight, after first being blasted by one candidate after another during the two-hour debate. The harshest criticisms came from candidates Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Chris Christie, but allegations of “gotcha” journalism are flying all over the landscape, and even made headlines in today’s Daily Mail, a United Kingdom newspaper.
Whatever else happened last night, it may have been the launch of an all-out war against what many believe is liberal bias, a battle that now includes criticism of the Seattle Public Library’s Thursday evening program headlined as a “Public Conversation: ‘Gun violence and its impact.’ The program runs from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight, at the downtown main library on Fourth Avenue.
The panel identified for this evening’s program does not appear to include anyone from the Second Amendment community, not even a firearms instructor. That’s not good when the library has advertised this as an event where “diverse community voices will come together to brainstorm ideas for how Seattle can address the rising issue of gun violence.”
A lot of people watched last night’s Republican debate via television, but the CNBC program had heavy competition from Game II of the World Series. The clear loser last night was the mainstream press, according to various reviews this morning including one from Brent Bozell, head of the Media Research Center.
“The CNBC moderators acted less like journalists and more like Clinton campaign operatives,” Bozell said in a prepared statement. “What was supposed to be a serious debate about the many issues plaguing our economy was given up for one Democratic talking point after another served up by the so-call ‘moderators.’ They clearly war-gamed this thinking that a relentless series of personal attacks on the candidates would somehow drive their ratings and help Hillary Clinton.
“The CNBC debate will go down in history as an encyclopedic example of liberal media bias on stage,” he added. “The audience roared its disdain for these so-called ‘journalists,’ and all of America heard it. CNBC should be embarrassed for their pitiful display of partisan liberal media bias and apologize to the GOP candidates and the American people.”
During the debate, Cruz fired the initial verbal barrage, telling the CNBC panel, “The questions asked so far illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media.” Rubio asserted that the Democrats “have their own super PAC. It’s called the mainstream media.” Christie lit into the panel for asking a question about federal regulation of Fantasy Football, noting, “We have $19 trillion in debt, people out of work, ISIS and al Qaeda attacking us – and we’re talking about fantasy football.”
A battle line is already drawn with conservatives on one side and liberals on the other, and the mainstream press is clearly considered to be in the liberal camp, which wouldn’t make it “mainstream” at all. If one accepts Rubio’s analysis, the media has become nothing more than a mouthpiece for the political Left.
This division includes gun prohibitionists on one side and firearms owners on the other. Like it or not, the right to keep and bear arms is going to be a central campaign issue that will possibly trickle down to campaigns for state and federal office next year, as well as for the White House. Wherever this discussion takes place, whether at political debates or public libraries, gun owners and Second Amendment advocates will be heard.
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