Steve Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon exposed the laziness and bias of CBS, MSNBC, and at least four major newspapers in covering yesterday's massacre in San Bernardino:
Many national news outlets shared mass shooting statistics derived from an anti-gun subsection of the social media site Reddit on Tuesday despite the fact that those numbers clash with a related official standard cited by the FBI.
The New York Times, the Washington Post, Boston Globe, CBS News, MSNBC, and Newsday all claimed that the shooting in San Bernardino, California was the 355th mass shooting this year. The number was also shared on cable news during coverage of the shooting. The figure is derived from a group of activists who run a “subreddit” named “Guns Are Cool.”
The “Guns are Cool” site describes a mass shooting as any event where four or more people, including the shooter, are injured. This is a looser criteria than the FBI definition of mass murder, which it describes “as a number of murders (four or more) occurring during the same incident, with no distinctive time period between the murders.”
Under the FBI standard only 21 of the 355 shootings identified by the anti-gun group qualify as mass murder with a firearm.Inexcusable. Reddit is an anonymous chat and post area, about as reliable for information as a middle school lunchroom. Liberals lie knowing their lies will live on forever on the Internet.
Is the number 355 even real using their definition?