Newsbusters exposed NBC and CBS for pushing more false statistics regarding Mass Shootings in America.
In a deeply condescending report to end theÂ CBS Evening News, national correspondent Jim Axelrod suggested this latest shooting â€œreminds us the range of â€˜I can’t believe it happened hereâ€™ targets is ever-widening, beyond just campuses and workplaces.â€
â€œIf we define four or more victims as a mass shooting, then the Boardline attack is the 307th mass shooting this year. Let that number sink in– 307. There have been 11 mass shootings just between Pittsburgh and last night,â€ he asserted.
In a very â€œI told you soâ€ tone, Axelrod concluded his report chiding:Â â€œBe frustrated, angry, or despairing that it does. Just don’t any longer be surprised.â€
Meanwhile, onÂ NBC Nightly News, anchor Lester Holt huffed about how,Â â€œless than two weeks ago, we were reporting from the scene of another mass shooting in Pittsburgh.â€Â â€œIn fact, folks, there has been a mass shooting almost every day this year.Â Stephanie Gosk has more on this seemingly endless cycle.â€
After he handedÂ off to Gosk, she too reported that mass shooting-a-day claim. â€œThere have been 307 mass shootings with four or more people shot. 328 people killed, and the year is not over,â€ she warned viewers.
What they were claiming was false. According toÂ The Washington Post, there have not been 307, there were 158 mass shooting (or just over half). But that wasnâ€™t 158 mass shootings this year, it was 158 since August 1, 1966! The report was a running tally updated as mass shootings occurred.
But what caused the gross disparity? Itâ€™s becauseÂ The Postâ€™s calculation used what any reasonable person would: â€œIt looks at the 158 shootings in which four or more people were killed by a lone shooter (two shooters in a few cases). It does not include shootings tied to gang disputes or robberies that went awry, and it does not include domestic shootings that took place exclusively in private homes.â€
â€œA broader definition would yield much higher numbers,â€ they noted. â€œThis tally begins Aug. 1, 1966, when a student sniper fired down on passersby from the observation deck of a clock tower at the University of Texas.â€
It is truly unreal how awful the News Media is at covering these tragic Mass Shootings. They have no problem blindly blurting out statistics that are highly misleading and never fact check themselves.
NBC/CBS CLAIM: 307 Mass Shootings this year
Reality: 158 Mass Shootings since 1966