Because news stories are not opinions, they should contain unbiased reporting
We hear about the national media’s bias, which often is difficult to prove. That was not the case Monday — coverage of the pro-Second Amendment rally in Virginia that day was tainted by clear anti-gun rhetoric in what were supposed to be straightforward news stories.
The Sentinel, like many small newspapers, relies on the Associated Press for coverage of national events, and the Virginia rally was no different. But the take on the outcome was anything but fair: “Pro-gun rally by thousands in Virginia ends peacefully,” the headline stated.
The implication being that some of it was not peaceful. Yes, it did end peacefully. It also started peacefully, and was peaceful all day long. The headline is not so clear.
Who was expected at the rally? Again, according to numerous national news sources: white supremacy groups. Armed insurrectionists. Extremists.
Apparently, those hate-mongers didn’t get the memo. They weren’t there. The rally was peaceful and law abiding.
And then when the day was over, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam proclaimed himself a savior for implementing restrictions and a state of emergency that allowed the capitol to remain safe.
Or maybe the marchers were exactly what they proclaimed to be — citizens upholding their First Amendment rights to protect their Second Amendment rights. Law-abiding gun owners who wanted to show the government their unhappiness with recent actions taken by the state’s Democrat-majority legislature and Democratic governor — a rare unification in the Old Dominion that has allowed a series of proposed laws that the gun owners object to.
Three homegrown terrorists were arrested before the rally began, in another state — one of them not even an American. The rally itself produced just one arrest, and it’s questionable whether that could be tied to organizers — a young woman was charged under a Virginia law that prohibits wearing a mask in public (an anti-Klan effort).
An honest report would have made it clear that the gun owners in this case were the good guys.