AP Fails to Report Biden’s ‘Legitimate News Media’ Comment at Gun-Control Roundtable


Tom Blumer
newsbusters.org
February 12, 2013

As Geoffrey Dickens at NewsBusters noted earlier today (HT Washington Examiner), at what a White House blog post described as “a roundtable discussion to talk about the Administration’s plan to reduce gun violence” in Philadelphia yesterday, Vice President Joe Biden said, apparently to the members of the press assembled there, that “To be very blunt with you, we’re counting on all of you, the legitimate news media to cover these discussions because the truth is that times have changed.”

Biden’s clearly key takeaway quote is not present at that White House blog post written up by Tobin Marcus. In what might be an example of a news agency taking a cue from this treatment and deciding to be “legitimate” in the administration’s eyes, Joann Loviglio at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, also failed to report Biden’s obviously newsworthy comment. A few paragraphs from Loviglio’s lapdog effort follow the jump:

Vice President Joe Biden says there’s a real sense of urgency from lawmakers and police about enacting gun control measures.

Biden was joined Monday at Girard (juh-RAHRD’) College by law enforcement officials, U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole and Democratic members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation.

Biden says ideas like universal background checks for gun purchases have widespread support.

The Obama administration is pushing for new gun control measures in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14.

Proposals include a new ban on military-style weapons, a ban on high-capacity magazines carrying more than 10 rounds of ammunition, and background checks for all gun sales.

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