CBS Spotlights Recall of Pro-Gun Control Politicos in Colorado

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<p>Wednesday's <em>CBS This Morning</em> stood out as the only Big Three
network morning show to devote a full report to Colorado voters
recalling two pro-gun control state legislators. Barry Petersen
highlighted how "<strong>those who oppose gun control have a lot to celebrate</strong>" with the recall, and how <strong>"those backing the two senators spent seven times more money – $3.2 million</strong>" than the gun rights supporters who spearheaded the campaign.<br />
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By contrast, NBC's <em>Today</em> on Wednesday didn't devote a second
of air time to the Colorado recall election. Instead, they set aside 36
seconds of reporting to Hillary Clinton <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2013/09/11/nbc-gives-more-tim…; target="_blank">receiving the Liberty Medal</a>. ABC's <em>Good Morning America</em> also minimized their coverage, as they merely broadcasted a 16-second news brief on the story.</p><p>The transcript of the relevant portions of Barry Petersen's report from the 11 September 2013 edition of <em>CBS This Morning</em>:</p><p>BARRY PETERSEN (voice-over): Anti-gun control advocates were jubilant at their victory – the recall of two Democratic state senators. The NRA gave the largest amount to back the recall $360,000 – mostly for ads against Morse.<br /><br />PETERSEN (off-camera): Did the NRA win?<br /><br />JOHN MORSE, FMR. COLORADO STATE PRESIDENT: Yes – today.<br /><br />PETERSEN: They knocked you out?<br /><br />MORSE: Well, yes.<br /><br />PETERSEN (voice-over): But those backing the two senators spent seven times more money – $3.2 million – including outside money, like the $350,000 from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.</p><p>ANTHONY GARCIA, MORSE RECALL EFFORT ORGANIZER: This isn't the end of it. I've got tons of people saying, we want to keep going. And so do I.<br /><br />PETERSEN (off-camera): What does this mean for gun control in Colorado?<br /><br />MORSE: Nothing. <br /><br />PETERSEN: Nothing?<br /><br />MORSE: Right. The bills that we passed – 80 percent of the folks think they're a good idea. They're not going to go away. I bet you they never go away.</p>

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