Can We Talk About CNN’s Alisyn Camerota and Her Seriously Biased Parkland Shooting Coverage?
If you watched CNN’s coverage of the Parkland school shooting over the past month, then you may fairly conclude that the network has been pushing a specific narrative regarding gun control. We’ve seen activism from anchors like Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon, the shaming of GOP lawmakers from Chris Cuomo, and their disastrous pro-gun control town hall, but those offenses aren’t nearly as bad as one person in particular who doesn’t typically draw attention to her own bias: Alisyn Camerota.
Camerota, who co-hosts CNN’s morning program New Day, gave the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School a platform to speak out just like countless anchors have since the tragedy. And like everyone else in the mainstream media, she let them say whatever they wanted unchallenged, specifically when survivor David Hogg referred to the NRA as “child murderers.” Later that week, Camerota had a heated exchange with NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, who had invoked Camerota’s passivity when her organization was called “child murderers,” something the anchor completely denied even though the tape says otherwise. To this day, Camerota never issued a correction to her viewers or an apology to Loesch.
But as bad as she was about allowing the millions of law-abiding members of the NRA to be smeared by these Parkland students, it was her own smear of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) that really showed her true colors.
On Thursday morning, Camerota had on Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), who had previously participated in CNN’s town hall with Rubio, and asked him about his bipartisan gun violence bill that was passed in the House. And while doing so, she swiped at Rubio for what could be perceived as an ill-advised set of priorities.
“One of your colleagues in the Senate Marco Rubio, who of course represents Florida and was there with you at our CNN town hall. He introduced a bill yesterday… It was about Daylight Savings Time. He wants to make it year-round. Do you think that helps gun violence?” Camerota sarcastically asked the Democratic congressman. “I guess my point is that things are being done in Congress but they’re not being done on this issue of even his home state and I just want you to explain why this would be his priority.”
On its face, this would make Rubio look terrible if he put a Daylight Savings agenda (which is simply an effort to curry favor with his constituents trying to pass a similar bill in his state) ahead of the students of Stoneman Douglas. Except, of course, it’s not true.
Rubio has now spent weeks pushing his Stop School Violence Act in the Senate, something Deutch initially spoke out against. And Hot Air perfectly laid out a timeline of Rubio’s continued efforts — that began March 5 when he introduced the bill — to push other gun violence legislation, including a press conference he had promoting his bill with other senators earlier this week. Camerota failed to mention any of that on-air.
The media is often guilty of partisan reporting and consequently, deprives the public of the full story, but Camerota’s omission was more egregious than just that. Either she was truly uninformed as one of CNN’s most prominent news anchors on this subject or she willfully misled her viewers into thinking that Rubio is a heartless, out-of-touch politician.
Camerota is a rare breed having left her spot at Fox News for CNN seemingly on good terms with both management and the audience. Sadly, she can now count herself as one of many in media who have either pushed an agenda or allowed the smearing of innocent pro-2nd Amendment gun owners. But her hit job on Rubio took media bias to new heights.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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