One of the biggest problems contributing to the volume of media bias on the local level is just plain ignorance. Reporters don’t know what they don’t know. That’s why the bias of omission is so common.
In a market such as Green Bay, we see reporters are often young and inexperienced. These reporters live and work in a bubble of liberal thought. It seems they sincerely believe the spin that comes from the network level, the Associated Press, and their political party of choice. That explains why they don’t often challenge the liberal agenda. They don’t often present context or contrary evidence to the narrative.
Take the push for gun control as just one example. In lock step with their networks, local media fails to hold accountable Democrats for unfairly politicizing mass shootings. They fail to point out that the stricter gun control laws being advocated for would not have prevented the tragedy they are reporting on. Can any law prevent a jihadist from committing an act of terrorism? Unlikely. All the firearms purchased by the San Bernadino terrorists were bought legally. Syed Farook even passed a federal background check. Our government did not even have Farook on a terrorist watch list!
On December 8, 2015 WGBA NBC 26 presented a report titled “Gun sales from Green Bay to Fox Cities spike after recent terrorist attacks”. (See report here. ) This report follows the cookie-cutter model of presenting the liberal agenda of stricter gun control laws but omits data which would challenge or debunk the narrative that stricter laws are effective in curbing gun violence. Chicago and Detroit, for example, are just two cities with the strictest gun control laws on the books. How is that working out? Since the 1970’s, the District of Columbia has had the strictest gun laws in the country and yet even today D.C. has one of the highest gun violence rates in the country. (Note that the gun violence rate is the important statistic, not the murder rate.)
While the WGBA NBC 26 report we cited does provide a response to the liberal narrative, we’d like to see the liberal agenda on the defense once in a while. How about reporters begin asking liberals to explain why stricter gun laws have not worked to curb gun violence in Chicago, Detroit, D.C., and other cities across the nation. How about reporters work from the premise that guns in the right hands help public safety and guns in the wrong hands harm public safety.