Last night (and again tonight) Denver’s KDVR has aired what they bill as some secretive undercover operation. They write:
The transactions were part of a month-long undercover investigation by FOX31 Denver. Our objective was not to take a stance on gun control, but to demonstrate the drastic difference between the highly regulated transactions taking place at gun stores and the generally unregulated world of private gun sales.
Why do you need to do a month-long investigation to do something which is perfectly legal, which is buying a gun from a private owner? I can only draw one conclusion: they were hoping to find a criminal to sell them a gun; or, were doing multiple “straw man” purchases like Gabby Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, infamously did and which was rescinded by the gun store.
Here is the video posted by KDVR. Watch this first.
I interviewed Josh Bernstein, one of the reporters on the story. You can listen to that interview here.
As you listen to the interview, ask yourself these two questions: (a) why wouldn’t he answer the question whether or not he owned the guns; and, (b) why wouldn’t he tell me whether or not KDVR had reimbursed him the cost of the gun purchases as part of his employment?
I think the approach (an undercover investigation) shows how biased KDVR is in this report. I also believe the refusal to answer some of the questions posed to KDVR likewise show either biased or an ulterior motive in the report.
Why should anyone be shocked by the transaction occurring in a public space? Why use the “semi-automatic” Uzi as the weapon to describe in the headline? Maybe because it “sounds scary” to the naive non-gunowner?
Finally, why refer to the discredited “40% of gun sales are done without a background check” figure that has even been debunked by the Washington Post?
Journalists can’t – or won’t – recognize their own biases, especially when couched in terms like “month long undercover investigation.”
How about an undercover investigation of illegal aliens registering to vote; or taking social welfare benefits, or using fake Social Security numbers? How about an undercover investigation of the Benghazi coverup? How about an undercover investigation into just about anything other than a perfectly legal and lawful private purchase of a firearm?