News Bias Much?


A friend of mine who lives in the Tucson area alerted me to this story. I did a quick search and found the following story at the ironically named channel KGUN9.

Police: Shooter in midtown murder acted in self-defense

I added the emphasis since I suspect that whoever wrote the headline used that word on purpose.

Here, courtesy of the Merriam Webster on line dictionary is the definition of murder,

The crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought. 

The Arizona Revised Statutes use the term “Homicide”, but under definitions, they say that Homicide consists of,

2. “Homicide” means first degree murder, second degree murder, manslaughter or negligent homicide.

By the third paragraph, the ace reporter in bringing “Stand your ground” laws into the story, even though this was a straight up case of self defense.

Here is the police account of what happened,

Just before 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, police say a 28-year-old man was sitting alone in his car and waiting for a friend in the 400 block of E. Navajo Road, near Prince and First.

Another called pulled up in front and one of the passengers got out. Police say he approached the car, pointed a gun and demanded money.

“Fearing for his life, he took out his gun and proceeded to fire at the male multiple times,” Sgt. Hawke said.

No stand your ground here. The victim, who to be clear is the shooter, had a gun stuck in his face. Unfortunately for the late Gabriel Jackson, his intended victim was similarly armed and shot before Jackson could. As I said, straight up self defense since the victim had no ability to flee the scene and was presented with an immediately life threatening situation.

To be fair, the police spokesperson didn’t really help clarify the situation,

“It is somewhat unusual to have a person who’s involved in an altercation call 911 to advise us that they actually just shot somebody,” says Hawke.

I’d think it would be usual for the shooter to call 9-1-1 if the shooter was the intended victim and shot in self defense with total justification.

At the least this is sloppy reporting, but that’s being generous. The use of the pejorative “murder” twice in the story and the reference to stand your ground and of course George Zimmerman makes me think that this story is just plain old media bias at work.

Even if this is just sloppy reporting, how much can you trust this reporter or this station when they can’t even get


  1. I’ve actually interacted with people who believe self defense is “murder”.

    Which was incomprehensibly baffling to me – the worldviews are just not compatible.

  2. Some people live their lives in a bubble where they can’t conceive of the need for self defense. They can’t understand that self defense is not only a G-d given right, it’s a responsibility if you have people who depend on you.

  3. It was interesting that in a couple of places, the television reporter said “shooting” and the transcript said “murder”.

    As for the police, they may not be buying the story of the shooter. The assailant already had his gun drawn and aimed, and yet the shooter was able, while sitting in a car, to draw and fire his weapon without the assailant shooting him? Granted we don’t know how close the assailant was or if he fired and missed; but it’s odd that the shooter could escape someone who already had the drop on him that badly.

    • You’d be surprised how many people who have guns hesitate to shoot when their intended victim draws his. Maybe it’s the element of surprise, even in a place like Arizona that doesn’t require permits for concealed carry.

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