Media Research Center (MRC) analysts reviewed all 216 gun policy stories on the Big Three networks’ evening (ABC’s World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News) and morning show programs (ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, NBC’s Today), beginning with the evening of the shooting through January 17, the morning after Obama made his speech surrounded by children who had sent him letters pushing for more gun control.
The results show staggering imbalance:
- Stories advocating more gun control outnumbered stories opposing gun control by 99 to 12, or a ratio of 8 to 1.
- Anti-gun soundbites were aired almost twice as frequently than pro-gun ones (228 to 134).
- Gun control advocates appeared as guests on 26 occasions, compared to 7 times for gun rights advocates.