A recent fake news report from Reuters concerning a new anti-gun “study” shows why you must read carefully when dealing with the so-called “mainstream” media.
Under the headline, “Stricter gun laws tied to fewer fatal police shootings,” reporter Lisa Rapaport’s lead sentence said: “U.S. states with tighter restrictions on the purchase and use of guns and ammunitions may have fewer fatal police shootings than places with more permissive firearm policies, a recent study suggests.” (Emphasis added.)
Hedge words like “may” and “suggests” are commonly associated with fake news, and that’s the case here, too. In fact, “researchers” got about half of their “data” for the study from none other than those well-known liars at the staunchly anti-gun Brady Center. Heck, the Reuters author even admitted toward the end of the story: “The study wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove how or if specific gun laws might directly help prevent fatal police shootings.”
In truth, the study didn’t prove anything—except that Reuters doesn’t care if news is fake or not as long as it can be twisted to push for more restrictive gun laws.