it’s no wonder so many people are (unreasonably) terrified of firearms and the owners/enthusiasts of said firearms. the indianapolis star ran a story on november 28th by AP reporter rose french with the headline “Tinkerer hits the mark with powerful rifle” (most other news agencies ran the headline “Gunmaker Arms the Military and the Stars”) about the .50 BMG rifle, specifically the barrett gun that’s produced right here in tennessee, no more than 45 minutes from where i sit now.
anyhow, yesterday, the fifty caliber institute ran their own story, with the headline “With ‘Powerful Rifle’ article, journalist shoots self in the foot” by their own michael marks as a rebuttal to the AP story. very, very interesting (and entertaining, enlightening, etc) indeed…
how do we let the news media get away with such blatant misinformation? now, i’m not trying to come off here as a rush limbaugh dittohead shrieking about the left-wing biased media. surely all of us can relate to how some reporter in our home town did a story on something close to us and completely mucked it up. surely there has been a time when you picked up a paper to read a story on something you actually knew a fair bit about only to come away thinking to yourself “that darn reporter doesn’t know her ear from a hole in the ground…” only to go on and read the rest of the paper, taking all of its so-called information at face value without even a hint of skepticism.
hell, it’s obvious none of the hundreds of news agencies across the country that published this article didn’t take the time to do their own research before they took it to press, otherwise they would’ve seen straight off how un-true it is and either re-written it or cut it altogether. this particular issue hits home for me, but 2nd amendment rights may not be first and foremost in your mind. however, i can guarantee you there is some topic to which you are particularly endeared that is being distorted and misrepresented by the media as we know it, and i think we ought to set ourselves to holding them accountable for it.