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Example of bias in the media

Just cruising around reading news today and ran across this headline:

Gun victim's dad wore son's shoes to NRA meeting

Note the title "Gun victim", not "Murder victim", not "Columbine massacre victim", but just "Gun victim", as if Daniel was victimized by a gun or gun manufactures. This makes about as much sense as starting the title of a vehicular homicide article: "Car victim".

I realize this is a minor point, but it highlights a trend where the media even in passing agrees with the general assertion that guns (and makers) are as culpable as the people who use them.

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So does that mean that if I should be hospitalized or killed during an allergic reaction while eating eggplant, does that make me an eggplant victim? lol

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It is not a minor point. We have every right to hope that there is accurate reporting inthe media. To me, that statement is not accurate! It certainly shows the bias of the media. Unfortunately, that statement is exactly what some people think, that he was a "gun" victim.

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Well the reporting is accurate, the word choice is scewed. I'm not sure when it happened, but it seems in the last two decades, product liability law has slowly been rolling on to the turf of "free will". Its troubling to read this in papers because it reinforces the notion that people are in some small way not responsible for the crimes they commit w/ guns.

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"Well the reporting is accurate, the word choice is scewed."

Exactly right. This is just like the discussion we had elsewhere about how, when ever there is a news report about poachers they refer to them as "hunters." This is absolutely no different than if a newspaper had an article about drug dealers, but repeatedly referred to them as "pharmacists."

Obviously, real pharmacists wouldn't stand for this, and no newspaper would be stupid enough to print such a story anyway. But their ignorance and biases come through and they see nothing wrong with calling criminal poachers "hunters."

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Yup that is a good example, the hunter/poacher word "slip" is another good example of how word choice can effect non-hunter perspective.

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This is all politics! Everything goes.

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You know these were some of my points in earlier posts but it seems as though when it applied to some subject other than the ones prefered here it fell on deaf ears. Like i said before we are all in this together no matter what kind of sport you are involved in. I really know about using words to inflame the public to a different perspective. HUH BITSMASHER? TOTTLE LOU Buck

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