This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, February 19, 2018:
Politifact, the fact-checking website run by the Tampa Bay Times, was quick to discredit the blatantly false headline, “Michelle obama: Florida shooting is clearly Trump's fault, these shootings are happening constantly since he became our president” offered by an alt-right blogger.
Politifact searched for confirmation and, finding none, informed its readers “that former first lady Michelle Obama did not make those remarks … in any format whatsoever.” No website that picked up the story “should be trusted,” added the fact-checking service.
Wouldn't that include Everytown for Gun Safety, which promoted the lie that there have been 18 mass shootings in the country since the first of the year? Wouldn't those MSM outlets that picked it up without question also fairly and reasonably not “be trusted” either? John Lott, the founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center and author of bestseller More Guns, Less Crime, put the torch to the lie:
To get 18, one has to count all instances from kindergarten through college where a gun was fired on or near school property. This includes a case of a police officer accidentally discharging his gun, as well as suicides – such as that of a 31-year-old military veteran with no connection to the school who killed himself in the school parking lot.
Excluding suicides, there have only been five cases where someone was actually shot at a K-12 school. Four actually involved a gun being fired on school property, and two of those resulted in fatalities.
Also apparently off-limits to the fact-checking editors at Politifact were the blatantly partisan charges that came close to saying what Michelle didn't: that somehow Trump, by reversing an Obama-era executive order that infringed on citizens' fourth amendment rights, was enabling crazies like the Florida to purchase guns. Three examples will suffice:
Said Peter Alexander in an interview hosted by Lester Holt on NBC Nightly News on Friday evening, “Despite emphasizing mental health, the White House's newly unveiled budget would slash funding for Medicaid that covers a quarter of mental health care in the U.S. And President Trump last year revoked a hotly-contested Obama-era regulation that would have made it harder for some people with mental illness to buy guns.”
Chip Reid, being interviewed on CBS Evening News on the day after the shooting, told host Jeff Glor: “Just last year, the president signed legislation reversing an Obama-era regulation that would have made it more difficult for some people with mental illness to buy guns.”
That same day Cecelia Vega told David Muir, host of ABC's World News Tonight, “Shortly after taking office, President Trump blocked an Obama-era rule that made it tougher for the mentally ill to obtain guns.”
Missing from these conversations was anything that admitted that the Florida shooter wasn't on any “mental health” list and consequently was able to purchase his firearm last year without difficulty. In addition, nothing was mentioned by these MSM deluders that Florida made sure that the shooter would not be threatened with return fire as all schools in that so-called “Gunshine State” are, by law, safe-shooter zones.
The MSM's liberal, anti-freedom cover has long since been blown, aided and abetted of late by President Trump and his Twitter account. The MSM's response to the horrible massacre in Florida last week is just one more sorry example of its bias, all dressed up to look like genuine reporting. Politifact hasn't helped its cause any by avoiding Everytown's bogus claim. In fact, it took Politifact/Wisconsin to blow the whistle on Everytown's lie, calling it “mostly false.”
NewsBusters.org: Nets Push Fake News Trump Made It Easier for Mentally Ill to Buy Guns
FoxNews.com: Media react to Florida shooting by targeting Trump on guns, and other overt journalistic biases
FoxNews.com: Florida shooting: Gun control advocates rush to distort the truth about what happened in Parkland
Politifact.com: Fake news says Michelle Obama blamed Donald Trump for Florida shooting
ABCNews.go.com: Advocacy group highlights 18 cases of gunfire at US schools so far this year
Background on Everytown for Gun Safety
Politifact.com/Wisconsin: Mostly False: 18 U.S. school shootings so far in 2018 and 18 in rest of the world over past 20 years