NBC Manipulating the Facts Again?

By:  Bob Adelmann
04/17/2012
       
NBC Manipulating the Facts Again?

Journalist Scott Cohn’s piece on Remington Arms Company's allegedly faulty trigger mechanism that aired on NBC News’ Rock Center With Brian Williams on Wednesday night, April 11, made it sound as if Remington not only has known it produces a faulty trigger but has steadfastly refused to do anything about it, for 60 years.

 
 

Journalist Scott Cohn’s piece on Remington Arms Company's allegedly faulty trigger mechanism that aired on NBC News’ Rock Center With Brian Williams on Wednesday night, April 11, made it sound as if Remington not only has known it produces a faulty trigger but has steadfastly refused to do anything about it, for 60 years.

 
Opening with a heart-rending interview of Justen Yerger, who was shot when his Remington Sportsman 12 shotgun allegedly went off by itself, Cohn made clear the primary purpose of the interview: to promote government control of guns:
 
No government agency can order a manufacturer to recall a defective gun. In fact, Congress specifically barred the Consumer Product Safety Commission from regulating firearms and ammunition, in keeping with the Second Amendment guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms. That means gun manufacturers police themselves.
 
Piling on the emotional appeal, an expert interviewed by NBC — Tom Butters — claimed that Remington “put profits over human lives.” And, according to NBC, Yerger isn’t the only one to suffer at the hands of one of Remington’s shotguns either. There’s also Russell Chaney, who suffered the loss of two of his fingers when his Remington shotgun discharged accidentally. In all, following a “five-month investigation” by NBC, some 125 incidents — including 75 injuries and seven deaths — have allegedly been linked to Remington’s trigger malfunctions.
 
However, there are serious credibility problems with the report, starting with the fact that the Yergen incident took place in 1997 — 15 years ago — while Chaney’s accident occurred in 1984. If the triggers truly are defective, why couldn't NBC find recent cases to analyze? Why aren't such incidents more frequent?
 
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