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Tell The Networks To Recant The 74 Killed Story
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It's time we all fight back a bit .... as you know all the major TV networks used the 'Everytown' map and incorrect statistic that there have been 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook. As CNN is reporting this morning there have in fact only been 15.

These media outlets need to recant this story and report the correct one.

Please use this list to call ABC, NBC, CBS and any other outlet you know incorrectly used this data and demand that they do a retraction and publish (or broadcast) the correct information.

http://www.dailyalert.org/media-contact.html

Phone calls are better than emails BUT if they get enough emails it might also work.

Here is a link to the CNN story in case you want to send it to them:

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/11/us/sch...index.html
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dc dalton;146178 Wrote:It's time we all fight back a bit .... as you know all the major TV networks used the 'Everytown' map and incorrect statistic that there have been 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook. As CNN is reporting this morning there have in fact only been 15.

These media outlets need to recant this story and report the correct one.

Please use this list to call ABC, NBC, CBS and any other outlet you know incorrectly used this data and demand that they do a retraction and publish (or broadcast) the correct information.

http://www.dailyalert.org/media-contact.html

Phone calls are better than emails BUT if they get enough emails it might also work.

Here is a link to the CNN story in case you want to send it to them:

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/11/us/sch...index.html

Kudos to CNN for fact checking even if it was a little late and admitting that there was something fishy with the original stats.

My letter sent out to the news stations.

To Whom It May Concern:

A group called “Every Town For Gun Safety” recently put out a set of statistics that claimed 74 school shootings had occurred since the Sandy Hook shooting 2012. Many news organizations including yours reported these statistics as facts.

CNN originally posted the story, but then fact checked the statistics and found that there was more to the story. The fact-checking article can be found here. http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/11/us/sch...index.html

CNN found that there have been 15 "true" school related shootings since Sandy Hook. There is nothing trivial about that number, but is far shy of the 74 that were originally reported.

I am requesting that you update the article with the true number. No matter what your opinion on the gun control issue is, facts should be respected and properly reported. Organizations that misrepresent the facts quickly lose validity and integrity, not just on one issue, but all other issues that they report on. Please support the truth by setting the record straight.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Internet Troll
Everytime we look the other way when someone else loses rights we disagree with, we make it easier to lose the rights we support.

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#3
Can't find a single report anywhere, from any outlet (including MDA) claiming "74 Killed since Newtown" (per the thread title).

Just as with the "Tell Target to Keep Obeying Local Laws" thread/petition, word selection is very important, especially when you're intentionally casting the message publicly to the masses.
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gnbrotz;146194 Wrote:Can't find a single report anywhere, from any outlet (including MDA) claiming "74 Killed since Newtown" (per the thread title).

No one 'ran' that story by itself, it was embedded in multiple stories over the past few days and was used on NBC nightly news last night, along with their map (we saw it ourselves)
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dc dalton;146198 Wrote:
gnbrotz;146194 Wrote:Can't find a single report anywhere, from any outlet (including MDA) claiming "74 Killed since Newtown" (per the thread title).

No one 'ran' that story by itself, it was embedded in multiple stories over the past few days and was used on NBC nightly news last night, along with their map (we saw it ourselves)

"74 shootings" (widely reported) does not equate to "74 killed" (as stated in the thread title).

While they certainly spun things in their favor, to their credit, they DID include the specifics of the data they used.

Quote:Incidents were classified as school shootings when a firearm was discharged inside a school building or on school or campus grounds, as documented in publicly reported news accounts. This includes assaults, homicides, suicides, and accidental shootings. Incidents in which guns were brought into schools but not fired there, or were fired off school grounds after having been possessed in schools, were not included. This list includes incidents meeting the above criteria that were brought to our attention after our School Shootings Analysis was issued on February 10, 2014. Incidents were identified through media reports, so this is likely an undercount of the true total.

Some incidents included multiple victims, some had none, and in some, a firearm was never even fired. The list did not include links to news reports, so the exact number of those killed would take some time to calculate, but I'd bet it's NOT "74" (as stated in the thread title).
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