The saying, “Better late than never,” may or may not be true in this story. CNN has finally apologized for dragging Sen. Marco Rubio through the mud as someone who has not done anything on gun violence. But that apology was literally buried in the coverage of yesterday’s “March For Our Lives.”
It was 10 days prior that Alisyn Camerota accused Rubio of ducking the gun issue. This was in spite of the fact that he was the only GOP leader to appear on CNN’s town hall in response to the Parkland shooting.
Watch this brazen attempt to mislead viewers by @CNN’s @NewDay host Alisyn Camerota, hailing @TedDeutch for the #StopSchoolViolenceAct, (the very bill that @MarcoRubio has been fighting for non stop for weeks) while criticizing Rubio for focusing on other priorities. pic.twitter.com/cvfdiEVw5f
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) March 15, 2018
With the young marchers behind her, Camerota yesterday took a minute to set the record straight…Kind of:
“In a recent interview on New Day, I mischaracterized Senator Rubio as not being focused on gun violence since Parkland. I failed to mention that, in fact, there has been a lot that he has been doing behind the scenes.”
— Rubio Republicans (@RubioRepublican) March 25, 2018
The CNN host continued to “highlight some of those things,” much of which have not at all been “behind the scenes.” The most glaring example is Rubio’s appearance at the CNN town hall. It was on prime-time TV. Camerota also noted that Rubio has pushed legislation by speaking publicly about the need for it. The Florida senator sponsored his own STOP School Violence Act and also the pending Fix-NICS proposal. They both passed mostly because of his persistence. And two days before Camerota’s dismissal of Rubio, he held a joint news conference with Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) to demand the passage of STOP. That was all not exactly “behind the scenes.”
Monday morning, Camerota defended Rubio again when David Hogg made the contention on “New Day” that Rubio isn’t doing anything. Most other media outlets have let Hogg make broad or false accusations without a counter.
Rubio has some company. Kyle Kashuv appeared on “Face the Nation” on Sunday and argued that he has been ignored by the media. He believes that the “silent majority” at his school support his moderate proposals for solutions to gun violence. Kashuv said that Rubio is facing unjust accusations from the media:
KASHUV: There — there’s a very — there’s a silent minority at Stoneman Douglas who agrees with me completely. Something called the Marshal Program, which was registered and implemented in Florida and which would allow properly trained officers and veterans, and unemployment veterans, to acquire the training to protect our school because we’ve seen in Maryland that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. And it really concerned me as to home come we did not see a single person —
BRENNAN: You want — you would have liked more armed guards at the school?
KASHUV: Absolutely. I mean we saw it in Maryland. He stopped the shooter. He did his job. And had the cowards of Broward done their job, I think that the count in Parkland would have been much lower. We saw that in Maryland that a good guy with a gun stopped a bad guy with a gun. The only way to stop an active shooter on campus is to have another person to eliminate him.
BRENNAN: So in your meetings with people on Capitol Hill and at the White House, did you get any promises to take action? Did they tell you anything would be done to follow through on what you’re laying out?
KASHUV: Every single senator that I have spoken with does not want to see this happen. I spoke with Senator Marco Rubio.
BRENNAN: Of course.
KASHUV: He cares so much about this. And it pains me to see how he’s being represented in the media.
It’s possible that things are shifting in the media now that the March has ended.
What do you think of CNN’s apology to Rubio? What about Kashuv’s read on what has happened?
Credit: Hot Air