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6/28/10

Associated Press' Image Of Gun Pointed At Flag In Court Ruling Report Identical To Iran's State Media

The Associated Press now gets its news from Iran's state media. Press TV led with the headline "US high court expands gun rights", and AP later gave the headline "Justices extend gun owner rights nationwide." The articles are pretty much identical:

PressTV- "All individuals across the United State will possess a constitutional right to bear arms regardless of their state or city laws banning firearms."

AP- "The Supreme Court held Monday that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live, expanding the conservative court's embrace of gun rights since John Roberts became Chief Justice.

AP's article is even more biased, as it slams the "conservative" court and more specifically John Roberts. The next sentence is very similar:
PressTV- "The US Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 margin on Monday to restrict the jurisdiction of state and city governments to impose controls on gun ownership."

AP- "By a 5-4 vote, the justices cast doubt on handgun bans in the Chicago area, but signaled that some limitations on the Constitution's "right to keep and bear arms" could survive legal challenges."

AP then diverges to tell us the good news, that the Court says colleges can now ban Christian clubs from restricting gay members.

Iran's image accompanying the article shows a handgun pointed left to the stars (which represent states of the union) and the constitution below it with the caption "to keep and bear arms." Associated Press likewise shows a handgun, this time held, being aimed at the flag's stars (which represent states of the union) and the Supreme Court building below it.

Is the message "guns are now free to destroy our states?" Iran reports the ruling is a "blow to efforts to reduce the role of firearms in American life." They point out "On the average, 80 people are killed in the US daily in gun-related incidents, 34 of them in homicides."

AP is even more explicit, as they give the quote: Monday's decision "could prove far more destructive — quite literally — to our nation's communities and to our constitutional structure."

BBC, MSNBC and Chicago Tribune published images with the title of guns aimed at the viewer. Such a striking image will make any viewer nervous.

MSNBC's video report showed AK-47s, an assault weapon not a handgun, as the reporter read: "Now already gun rights owners... uh, gun rights advocates are saying that they will go on to challenge other laws, laws restricting carrying, laws restricting where you can take a gun, laws that require people to register guns, all that sort of thing."

Nobody is suggesting legalizing assault weapons across America, but that is the clear message from MSNBC here.

Newsbusters makes the great point that gun rights weren't "extended" at allas these media headlines suggest. The court found that local laws violated the 2nd and 14th Amendments to the federal Constitution. Not the same thing.

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