CBS Pushes Gun Control as ‘a Public Health Issue’ Like Seat Belts, Airbags, Anti-Smoking Campaigns
On Thursday, the CBS Evening News seized on the deadly shooting of two local news reporters in Roanoke, Virginia to promote the idea that gun control should be treated like “a public health issue” akin to seat belts, airbags, and anti-smoking campaigns.
In a tease early on in the program, fill-in anchor Maurice DuBois explained that “[s]ome public health officials say gun violence, just like car accidents and smoking-related illnesses can be prevented or at least reduced.” He then promised that “[w]e’ll have both sides of that issue later.”
When it did come time to air the two-minute-and-12-second report, however, the time devoted to gun rights advocates paled in comparison to that of the argument in favor of rebranding gun control measures with one minute and 42 seconds going to that side versus only 22 seconds for the gun rights side (with seven seconds highlighting CDC statistics on suicides involving guns).
Prior to correspondent and Sunday anchor Jeff Glor’s report, DuBois claimed that “gun violence” is “on rise” with “some public health officials say[ing] it’s time to change our approach to the problem.”