I found Kleck's examples of bias in the media to be both enlightening and disturbing. We often take it for granted that news organizations are reporting the news in an honest, even-handed fashion. At one point in the chapter, Kleck walks us through an episode of the CBS news program 48 hours. If I had watched this episode, I probably would have walked away believing that assault rifles were responsible for increased gun violence. I'd also believe that there were large numbers of ARs on the street, which could be transformed into machine guns within minutes. Kleck effectively shows us the subtle ways in which the media is able manipulate our opinions. Alleged "facts" supporting increased violence due to assault rifles are taken at face value, while opposing ideas are downplayed or omitted. When dealing with the issue of guns, CBS and other media outlets often rely on opinions and emotions in lieu of facts.
While I found all of Kleck's arguments quite convincing, exclusion bias was the one that really stood out. We can see that exclusion bias in the news regarding guns is extremely prevalent. It's easy for facts to be dropped from a story that aren't "convenient." I was one of the people who felt there was an even amount of bias in the news regarding the pro-control/anti gun-issue. However after reading this week's chapter, I've realized that I was wrong. As Kleck argues, when guns are discussed in the news it's usually in relation violence and crime.
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