As soon as I read this title “Bloomberg-backed gun group to teach journalists about firearms“, I immediately thought WHAT A HORRIBLE IDEA.
Just in case you don’t feel like clicking on the link and reading the article, I will give a little summary.
Bloomberg wants to hold a 2-day workshop to educate attendees on guns and gun violence. At this workshop, he would also like to teach (HA!) journalists about guns and how to report on said topic.
The workshop, funded by Everytown for Gun Safety, will offer independent expert briefings and specialized reporting skills training to enhance the practical ability of journalists to report on guns and gun violence knowledgeably, ethically and effectively,” the website reported.
Ok, so in other words Bloomberg wants to brainwash a bunch of uneducated journalists with his psychobabble b.s. to support his anti-gun agenda, when in fact he has NO knowledge whatsoever about proper gun safety and handling. Yes, it seems like a TERRIFIC idea for someone who knows nothing about guns to teach other uneducated people about guns. Bravo, Michael Bloomberg. I am so glad that you are planning to train journalists on how to report EFFECTIVELY and ETHICALLY.
How is it ethical if you are telling them how and what they should be reporting? Look, I majored in Journalism. I know all about ethics in journalism and this does not even come close. If these journalists REALLY want to know about guns and report ethically, head over to gun safety and education courses with the NRA, get them some range time, and let them come up with THEIR OWN opinions.
I’ve been there. I was terrified of guns. I was worried that some of the crazies in my high school or college would bring one to campus and hurt all of us. I actually specifically remember nightmares about it when I was in 10th grade. Why? Because so many people told me “guns are bad”, “guns kill people!”, “There are so many school shootings every year”. It was when I took it upon myself to learn that I realized how insane those statements really are. Look at journalist Emily Miller (check out Emily Gets Her Gun) who decided to dig deeper and learn more about guns. She was hesitant and afraid to shoot at first, but because she decided to report THE TRUTH, she wanted to see for herself. Throughout the book she fact checks people like Obama and Bloomberg, and not because she was ‘taught’ what to say but instead because she did her research. Come on, people. Does it not seem corrupt in the slightest that a politician wants to ‘teach’ journalists what to say?
If Bloomberg instills the same fear and lies into these journalists as what was drilled into my brain by the media 10 years ago, he will only increase the media support for gun control in America. Which is exactly what he is wanting to do.