Staying Out of the Crosshairs
ABC's 20/20 ran a hit piece on firearms and firearms' owners on Friday evening.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation was asked numerous times by 20/20 Senior Producer Muriel Pearson to participate in the story, but understanding the piece was a set-up, the gun-industry group refused.
After pointing out to Ms. Pearson that our refusal to participate in the program did not absolve her team of their responsibility to ask hard-hitting questions of those supporting gun control, we supplied 20/20 with information on the more than 20,000 gun laws on the books and data from the Department of Justice and Bureau of Justice Statistics related to firearms, said NSSF Director of Public Affairs Ted Novin.
"Unfortunately, given 20/20's refusal to disclose any of the information we provided -- information that interfered with their already pre-established and desired anti-gun conclusion -- it has become all too clear that journalistic impartiality on firearms issues at 20/20 is limited to John Stossel," Novin said.