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August 31, 2009

Media Spin Crosses Over Into Lies on Guns and ObamaCare

Posted by Dave Blount at August 31, 2009 8:38 AM

The media's willingness to lie on behalf of tyranny has become increasingly apparent during the push to impose ObamaCare. Readers will recall that MSNBC used creative cropping to present a black guy with a gun as an example of a dangerous white racist at a protest against socialized medicine. The slightly less disreputable CBS News may also have indulged in outright lies:

In Portsmouth, N.H., a man carrying a gun, William Kostric, joined an Aug. 11 health care protest. This was blocks away and hours before Mr. Obama's town-hall meeting in that city. Mr. Kostric was given permission to be on church property where the protest occurred and was not at the place the president visited. What most of the coverage left out was that Mr. Kostric didn't carry his gun only for the protest; he legally carries a gun with him all the time for protection.
While the media regularly used terms such as "hotheads" to mischaracterize the situation, the coverage ignored that union members who opposed the protest had attacked Mr. Kostric and a friend, kicking, pushing and spitting on them. Despite violence against him by Mr. Obama's supporters, Mr. Kostric did not draw his gun or threaten anyone.
On the CBS Evening News, Katie Couric asked, "Are we really still debating health care when a man brings a handgun to a church where the president is speaking?" Deliberately or not, she got the facts wrong. As we know, Mr. Kostric did bring a gun to the church, but the president was not there and never was scheduled to speak there. Mr. Obama spoke at a separate event at a local high school at a different time. Not letting facts get in the way of her hysterical story line, Ms. Couric linked Mr. Kostric's gun to "fear and frankly ignorance drown[ing] out the serious debate that needs to take place about an issue that affects the lives of millions of people."

CBS News will continue to hide behind its own incompetence, as during the Rathergate scandal, but it is ever harder to believe that Katie Cupcake et al. don't know perfectly well that what they report simply isn't true.

Note that the agenda here goes beyond seizing control of the healthcare system. Effectively repealing the crucial Second Amendment is near the top of the governmedia's to-do list.

On a tip from The MaryHunter.