Accuracy in Media

CNN, in a story about the Alexandria, Virginia shooting attack on Republican congressmen, said that an assault rifle was recovered at the scene of the attack. As The Federalist said:

CNN falsely reported early Thursday morning that the rifle used by the Alexandria shooter, an SKS chambered in 7.62×39, was “a Chinese-made AK variant.” This is demonstrably false, and it’s an error with significant implications given U.S. gun laws.

In the U.S., fully automatic rifles like the AK-47 are heavily regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934 and require a hefty tax, a lengthy waiting period, and an extensive background check that includes photos and fingerprints. The SKS, a Soviet rifle developed and issued several years before Kalashnikov designed his AK-47, is not fully automatic. It is a semi-automatic weapon that contrasts sharply, both in form and function, with the AK-47. And even if the two firearms were functionally similar (they’re not), it would be impossible for the SKS to be a variant of the AK-47 seeing as how it was developed years before the AK-47.

At the time of publishing, CNN had not corrected the record on the rifle make and type. Another example of fake news?

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  • Dave

    It would be refreshingly honorable if most, perhaps 90% of media talking heads, refrained from speaking about the technical aspect of firearms that are involved in news “stories”. If they are not knowledgeable, have no experience with the type of weapon involved and especially if they have no experience with firearms in general, they should avoid making pronouncements about operational, performance and relative lethality of firearms and ammunition. It’s obvious that their true goal is to perpetuate and promote an anti-gun agenda, rather than simply report the news.

  • rgcomega

    Since when did MSM or the Democrats ever let facts get in the way.

  • Tannim

    It’s CNN. They don’t know the difference between a Glock and a Super Soaker.