Where I live the media is generally “anti-gun” and has been probably since the advent of guns. And everyone unable to see past the wool which the media pulls over the public’s eyes on a daily basis is as well.
The media instigates disagreements between the perpetrator and people who use firearms for protection. The mainstream media use statistics indicating criminals use guns but rarely if ever talks about how law-abiding citizens escape catastrophic events by defending themselves with the use of a gun. You have probably heard that the media is so anti-gun because the media is “liberal.” That one is used to explain everything about the media, but if you read my essay “Is the Media Really as Liberal as They Say,” you’ll see I disagree with that sentiment. But the media’s anti-gun bias raises questions in my mind.
Why is the media so anti-gun? Is it because the media likes to portray themselves as “shepherds of the flock” whilst hiding behind the 1st Amendment? Is it because the media is worried about getting shot while out reporting on the population, often like a bunch of blood suckers?
I’ve concluded that the answer to those questions is a definite “no.” It is my opinion that the media doesn’t like guns because guns represent power to the media, power in particular to control your own lives, and more importantly in the eyes of the media, not to have to do what the media wants you to do by manipulating the state. We all know how afraid the various levels of government are of negative media coverage, which in a sense indicates a deference to the media with regard to control, and it is that particular relationship with the government that the media has that suggests to me the real dislike the media has of guns is due to the media’s desire for control, to empower its message, whatever it may be that day, or who its advertisers are.
Are the media afraid of guns because they are afraid for their own lives? Of course. But that is only a minor reason in comparison to the media’s desire for control and the threat that public gun ownership represents to media control of the public.
Guns are the obstruction thrown into the mechanism of a triad of public governance between government, the media, which is often called another branch of government, and law enforcement. Together they often work to ensure that the public does not stray from their social design for the public. They share information, have lunch and sleep with one another. The media feed off of what the government and law enforcement report for the sake of sensationalism and ratings. The relationship between the three is unquestionably symbiotic. Nothing wrong with that really. Until they start trying to disarm the public. Then such activity indicates a front of some kind, and it indicates that their agenda is not the same as that of the citizenry.
The media doesn’t like guns because guns undermine the media’s position in the totem of American life.
You have to give them credit, though, with hiding behind the Bill of Rights and all as if it were a wool blanket.
Copyright © William Thien 2012
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