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Murderer in Lousiana

The lamestream media told you:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana -- Five people were killed when a man walked into a church and opened fire with a handgun.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

A story in your local paper, about a psychopath a thousand miles away, is sensationalism, not news. Such stories are typically propagated by the Associated Press, and dutifully repeated locally with no critical review or input from local reporters. Since these almost always involve a firearm, critics claim it represents an anti-gun-rights agenda disguised as news. When compared with other wrongful or horrific deaths occurring close to home but which go unreported, the likelihood that it is a hoplophobic (gun fearing) agenda-driven story increase, industry observers say.

The Associated Press reported, several years in a row, that "medical misadventures," a tasteful term for patients killed by doctor mistakes, cause 100,000 unnecessary deaths a year, or 274 every day. Even if this number is ten times too large, as some experts insist (AP has not issued a correction), it still represents about 27 people unjustly killed by doctors on a daily basis. This is more than five times greater than the reported Baton Rouge deaths, occurs every single day not just once, is at least as tragic, and much of it occurs right near you, in hospitals and offices you may have been in recently -- significantly increasing the relevance to local news consumers. Still, the "news" media uniformly choose to report the one rare incident, on the other side of the country, often for several days in a row, leaving a not-so-subtle perception that the medical profession is not an issue and guns are bad.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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