A few weeks ago, news broke that Katie Couric had manipulated interview footage in order to portray Second Amendment supporters as individuals unable to intelligently argue the right to bear arms. When she and her production company were caught in the act, they claimed that they added “a beat” in order to dramatize Katie’s questioning. Through it all, they denied that their deceptive editing had anything to do with the media’s larger war on guns.
Well, now even more members of the press are getting caught lying about gun ownership in America. In an unrelated event, CBS News has been tied to a fraudulent anti-gun piece that they ran on national television. This case, however, goes well beyond fraudulent editing. They very well may have committed a federal crime.
CBS News is the latest mainstream media outlet to be caught lying about guns and gun ownership in America. Read the report below:
CBS News, in an anti-Second Amendment story warning about how easy it is to get dangerous weapons, on Thursday broke federal law with an undercover sting. That’s the claim from a gun store in Alexandria, Virginia. The Washington Free Beacon on Friday reported that SpecDive Tactical “has filed a report with the Virginia State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives over concerns the purchase was unlawful.”
In the CBS report, journalist Kris Van Cleave narrated the hidden camera efforts of This Morning: “We sent a CBS News producer into a gun store in Alexandria just outside of Washington, D.C.” Offering this as shocking, Van Cleave explained what producer Paula Reid did: “She filled out these federal and state forms requiring her name, date of birth, Social Security number, and a few basic questions about any past criminal activity or current restraining orders and she passed a brief electronic background check.”
The problem? The Free Beacon’s Steve Gutowski explained:
“The store, SpecDive Tactical in Alexandria, Virginia, said that when CBS News’ Paula Reid purchased the rifle she told the store’s general manager the gun was for her own use. However, when CBS reported on the story they revealed the gun was purchased for the story and transferred to a third party a few hours later.”
This goes to show the lengths these mainstream “news” outlets will take in order to fake a story. This wasn’t journalism, it was a hit piece serving the overarching war on guns that has obsessed the media in the wake of the Orlando terrorist attack.