Last Tuesday, an armed man began firing shots at the Clackamas Town Center mall near Portland, Ore. By the time the incident ended, the shooter had killed two and wounded a third. But did you hear why the shooter stopped shooting others and killed himself? Not unless you tuned in to local television station KGW.
On Friday, they broadcast a story, Clackamas man, armed, confronts mall shooter, about Nick Meli, a 22-year-old concealed carry permit holder who drew his Glock .22 on the shooter and, he thinks, prompted the shooter to take his own life. This sequence of events proved accurate what I wrote the same day in my post, Connecticut School Shooting Provokes Much Thought.
But did many people hear about it? No.
I ran a Google search of the terms, “concealed carry”, “Nick Meli” and clackamas as well as several three-letter news network acronyms (i.e., abc, cbs, nbc, cnn, fox). Sadly, my search produced only four results, none of which revealed evidence of coverage by any mainstream media outlets.
Does media bias — or, more specifically, anti-gun bias — exist in the mainstream media? You betcha!
Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, The CLAPPER MEMO, is coming soon.