Media Bias? What Media Bias?

Take a gander at this lede in the Washington Post:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) plans to sign two new laws on Wednesday that expand the rights of gun owners by removing a 48-hour waiting period for those looking to purchase a firearm and allowing off-duty or retired police officers to carry concealed weapons at public schools. This action will come one week after a suspected gunman shot and killed nine people in an African American church in South Carolina, yet again prompting a national discussion about gun laws in the U.S.


Ladies and gentlemen, behold the Narrative in action. In the media’s tiny brain one gun story must necessarily be related to all gun stories, because gun.

Walker plans to sign the two pieces of legislation — Senate bills 35 and 70 — at a ceremony at the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday afternoon, according to a Tuesday evening press release from the governor’s office. Laurel Patrick, a spokeswoman for the governor, said this bill-signing was scheduled and announced about two weeks ago, several days before the shooting occurred in South Carolina.

Walker, who is expected to announce in mid-July that he will run for president, has overseen the expansion of gun-owner rights in Wisconsin. He often brags in early-primary states like Iowa that his state now allows most of its residents to carry concealed firearms. Wisconsin has also enacted a so-called “castle doctrine” that provides some protections to homeowners who shoot intruders to their property.

You can practically smell the sneer. And while we’re at it, let’s get all the villains into this piece:


Walker has an A-plus rating from the National Rifle Association. In endorsing Walker during his reelection campaign last year, NRA Political Victory Fund Chairman Chris W. Cox said in a statement: “Scott Walker is a battle-tested leader in the fight to preserve Second Amendment rights in Wisconsin. He’s never wavered, never backed down and never stood still in the fight to protect our freedoms.”

Let’s take a look at the writer’s bio:

Jenna Johnson is a political reporter who is covering the 2016 presidential campaign.

I rest my case.


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