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Poynter: Do The Media Promote Gun Violence?

In a thoughtful piece, two Poynter writers calmly fact-check the claims NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre recently made about the media's culpability in gun violence. They find evidence that disputes claims such as "the media overcovers crime" -- but when it comes to the point that the media's coverage of violence "inspires copycats," they note that "the NRA may be on to something here," citing the results of a 2011 study. They also link to a previous piece that aims to educate journalists on guns and gun control -- written in a tone that similarly strives for objectivity and lack of sensationalism.

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  1. Douglas Ferguson from College of Charleston , December 26, 2012 at 2:35 p.m.
    I am reminded how Paul Harvey used to cover these crimes. After detailing the event he'd say, "The killer would want me to tell you his story and his name. (Pause). In other news...."