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The media shapes public perception with the stories it chooses not to tell

In response to Violence a Small Problem in Chicago?:

This aspect of the gun-control debate fascinates me, Sonnie.  It's a powerful example of how the media shapes public perception with both what it says, and what it does not say; the stories it hypes, and the stories it chooses not to tell.  How on Earth can anyone think it's not relevant to check in on the gun-control utopias flourishing in our inner cities, particularly the one our current White House crew hails from, and see how things are going?

Likewise, we don't hear much about the lawful use of firearms in self-defense, like the concealed-carry holder in Wisconsin who just saved a woman from getting beaten to death.  His name is Charlie Blackmore, and he's a Marine Corps vet.  Funny, the gun-control lunatics in Colorado were just telling us that military vets tend to have mental problems and can't be trusted with firearms.

The local sheriff hailed Blackmore's heroism: “I want to get to a day when acts like this are viewed as a citizen doing their civic duty. Criminals have got to be reassessing things right now. They have to be asking themselves if it is worth it anymore, might they face resistance or be shot? That’s a good thing.”  But why would criminals be asking themselves such questions, if incidents like this get Page B-6 local news coverage and virtually zero attention from the national media, while anything the gun-control nuts find useful becomes an instantaneous media obsession?

In a similar vein, it's becoming painfully obvious that the national media would crawl through broken glass to get away from reporting on the trial of abortion butcher Kermit Gosnell.  There's a total Big Media embargo on the story - not a word on ABC, CBS, or NBC, even as we hear testimony that Gosnell kept severed baby feet in jars at his clinic.  We don't want people already dubious about the millions of government dollars shoveled into the abortion industry to hear about this, do we?  

This creep was basically the real-life version of The Governor from The Walking Dead, and somehow our gigantic government-business abortion partnership didn't detect his activities for years - but our information "gatekeepers" don't think it would be useful for the Little People to dwell on that.  We sure don't want them to hear about how some of Gosnell's assistant ghouls were so morally blinded by the abortion culture that they didn't realize they were doing anything wrong!  

If Gosnell was useful to the Left, instead of serving as a deadly indictment of one of its core beliefs, there would already be top actors fighting to play him in big-budget movies.  And if the media viewed Roe v. Wadethe same way they look at the Second Amendment, we'd hear a lot more about the women killed in botched abortions.  But they don't, so we don't.  Silence can be a potent instrument of propaganda.


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