Friday, February 15, 2013

Media bias?

To his great credit, Pres Obama spoke about the problems of families, the lack of fathers, in Chicago and how that contributes to gangs and gun crime.
But as he made clear in Chicago it will take improvements in the home environment for children to keep them off the streets and that this will require help from parents, teachers and clergy.

"When a child opens fire on another child, there is a hole in that child's heart that government can't fill," Obama said. (Reuters)
He went on to cite the lack of fathers in too many homes. But the PBS Evening News (and all the other coverage I saw), to their great discredit, only heard and reported Obama's call for gun control legislation.  But Chicago already has some of the toughest gun controls.  An alert audience would have been wary of the gun control message in the midst of the murder sprees there.  An alert audience would also have noticed that the President acknowledged that there are serious cultural problems. More gun control chestnuts only divert attention from the hard problems.

It's not "media bias".  It is worse.


To be clear, is it conscious filtering or unconscious filtering?  I fear it is the latter.