On Wednesday, students across the country did something the television suggests is an anomaly: They voiced support for the 2nd Amendment.
The protest occurred two days ago; how many people have heard about it?
The media have spotlighted the position of teenage gun-control advocates since the horrific February 14th mass-shooting tragedy at a Parkland, Florida high school. Networks have welcomed the youngsters as on-air guests and praised their political expression and involvement. On March 14th, the National School Walkout was held to “protect kids, not guns,” led by what The New York Times hailed as “savvy,” “eloquent young voices.” Another day of demonstration by the NSW, commemorating the anniversary of the Columbine massacre, took place on April 20th. The Times hailed the adolescents’ sensibilities:
“Even after a year of near continuous protesting — for women, for the environment, for (illegal) immigrants and more — the emergence of people not even old enough to drive as a political force has been particularly arresting, unsettling a gun control debate that had seemed impervious to other factors.”
According to New York’s premier newspaper, “arresting” maneuvers for change look to be those which lean to the Left.
What of the conservative politics of Generation Z?
On May 2rd at 10 a.m., students across 40 states — many donning T-shirts proclaiming “Stand for the 2nd Walkout” — left their classes to rally behind the right to bear arms.
Coverage wasn’t colossal or complimentary.
On April 20th, major networks devoted 10 minutes to a celebratory portrayal of the anti-gun protest. By contrast, CBS was alone among the Big Three Wednesday with their online report, which went up after the CBS Evening News had said goodnight.
Wednesday’s tumbleweeds blowing across Media Town are simply par for the political course. In fact, a March study by MRC found:
“Since February 15 (the day after the Parkland, Florida school shooting) through March 19…(ABC, CBS and NBC) morning and evening news programs have aired a whopping 69 stories, plus an additional nine interviews, talking about the students’ anti-gun efforts. During that same time, these networks failed to run even a single story mentioning any of the students from the same high school (like Kyle Kashuv) who have openly championed the Second Amendment.”
Moreover, MRC discovered that pro-gun-control school kids were given airtime over pro-gun students at a ratio of 11 to one.
“Out of the mouths of babes…”
News giants enjoy the passions of the young. Unless, it appears, they’re of the conservative sort. In that case, radio silence may result.