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Fact-Checkers Appoint Themselves Arbiters of What Constitute “Gun Rights”
Fact-Checkers Appoint Themselves Arbiters of What Constitute “Gun Rights”

Posted on October 3, 2014

In the past, NRA has detailed the tendency of mainstream media “fact checkers” to skew information to support a particular viewpoint or agenda. This tradition continued this week as the Tampa Bay Times’ PolitiFact and the Washington Post’s Fact Checker both took issue with an NRA ad running against Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu.

The ad correctly states that “Mary Landrieu voted to take away your gun rights,” following images of a mother at home with a child during a break-in. The two fact-checking outfits seized on the statement and deemed it false, giving it their lowest ratings.

In 2013, Landrieu voted for the Manchin-Toomey-Schumer amendment, which would have banned private firearm transfers initiated on websites or print publications or at gun shows (as defined). The Post seemed skeptical that the amendment would have restricted gun rights at all, and took issue with the statement’s accuracy in relation to the ad’s vivid imagery.
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