GUNS: Columbia trains future journalists in the “party line”

‘Covering Guns’: Columbia University’s ‘workshop’ for journalists far from objective
By Dr. John R. Lott Jr. Published May 29, 2015

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Columbia University would never sponsor an event funded by the National Rifle Association. What’s more, the idea would seem especially outlandish if most of the speakers at the event were NRA supporters.

Yet, gun control advocate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his gun control group Everytown are now funding a two-day workshop in Phoenix on Friday and Saturday sponsored by Columbia University’s Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. The event will bring together journalists from around the country to learn about “covering guns and gun violence.”

Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center, claims that there is “no party line” and calls the workshop “very balanced.”

But gun control advocates make up 15 of the panel’s 17 experts. Aren’t journalism schools supposed to teach journalists to present both sides of a story? Why doesn’t Columbia feature other speakers who argue that people should be able to defend themselves with guns?

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But you would think that Columbia would have the gumption to at least use basic journalistic practices of fact checking and teaching journalists to see both sides of an issue when they offer a workshop.

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Seriously, have you ever seen the state of “Journalism” today?

Columbia is partially responsible for that state.

Common sense demonstrates that “good guys with guns” stop “bad guys with guns”.

And, when there is a defensive use of gun, it rarely gets any media attention. If no shots are fired, there will be NO coverage at all.

The Dead Old White Guys must be rolling over about this issue, as well as some others (i.e., fiat currency; Gooferment Skrules; FED; Federal “special militias” that is the various Federal “police” agencies; federal asset forfeiture; “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”).

The RIGHT to Keep and Bear Arms is the platinum standard for Liberty.

All you have to do is ask candidates one question. “Where do you stand on guns?”

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RANT: The spin turns to whirlwind

How Obama’s media strategy unraveled with recovered POW
By John Podhoretz
June 7, 2014 | 11:41am

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The bottom line is that the president settled on a controversial, high- risk strategy here in a difficult and problematic manner — and then sought to use his mastery of pop culture to change the story to a more palatable one. But some stories just can’t be gussied up.

More important for the president’s future fortunes is this lesson: You can only spin for so long before you start spinning yourself. Spin and spin and spin and soon you have a whirlwind to reap.

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1. We negotiated with terrorists putting Americans further at risk.

2. We released dangerous men back into the wild.

3. Why do we have Gitmo? Shouldn’t we be killing those that attack up?

4. This President is inept at best.

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RANT: Bloggers are “journalists” in terms of the First Amendement by Jim Rawles 
Odds ‘n Sods:

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Congress and the Justice Dept’s Dangerous Attempts to Define “Journalist” Threaten to Exclude Bloggers. JWR’s Comment: Considering that many blogs have readerships of 100,000 or more, while many magazines and newspapers only have 50,000 subscribers, it is ludicrous to deem the former “legitimate”, whilst excluding the latter. In a free and modern society, the very concept of “press credentials” is anachronistic and smacks of elitism, favoritism, and cronyism. For our public servants to only grant a few the “privilege” to access to attend public meetings, to observe public court trials, and to sit in the gallery of legislative chambers is haughty and supercilious. And we’ve already seen the peril of declaring it a privilege to take photos on public streets. To allow some to do so, but not others implies that the public at large is somehow de classe and that we are mere contemptuous rabble. (OBTW, as I’ve mentioned before, the level of contempt by police officers has risen to the point that there have been some cases when credentials don’t help, even if you are from a television news station.)

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Just look at what the Free Staters in New Hampshire put up with.

Or read “photography is not a crime”.

Any interaction with “the authorities” by a Mundane has the potential to go very wrong.

CZ was indicted based on his statement to the police.


Fight back now.

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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