Thursday, April 18, 2013

The media vs. The Senate 46

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The digital newsstand is awash today with articles and editorials condemning the Senate for rejecting the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey amendment to expand background checks on guns.

The New York Times has published a moving editorial from Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in Tucson, Ariz.; The editors of Bloomberg View have released their own editorial criticizing rural America's outsized influence on the gun debate; and Joe Scarborough, co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, slammed Senate Republicans for insulting the American people.

Other critics in the media have been more activist. Scarborough's co-host, Mika Brzezinski took to Twitter today to publicly shame the 46 Senators who voted 'No,' tweet by tweet. The Huffington Post similarly broadcast this unforgettable splash and published an unsigned item with the Twitter handles of the Senators who opposed the bill, urging its vast readership to "let them know how you feel."

In less tangible ways, the frustration with the Senate 46 has also seeped into news coverage, where the the dialogue often centers on how these lawmakers can defend voting against the will of 90 percent of the nation.

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