I entered the public debate concerning gun control 15 years ago. A simple glance through my previous posts should indicate which side I was on.
One of the most frustrating aspects of trying to get my opinion heard was how the media was biased in favor of gun control, and openly hostile to those of us who advocated gun ownership. Newspapers and TV media figures would routinely slant their stories to make the gun grabbers appear reasonable, while simultaneously trying to make self defense advocates appear to be out of touch extremists.
What was worse was how the media played fast and loose with the facts. Sometimes the anti gun crowd would present an outright falsehood as fact, and the lie would appear in the newscast without any attempt to ascertain what was real.
StrategyPage.com reports that our terrorists enemies have decided to use this to their advantage. According to the SP post, this ploy to spread disinformation is being openly discussed on Arab language websites.
My view is that the Internet allows many people to fact check an item as soon as they become aware of it. I am interested to see if terrorists will be able to do this for long. Considering how the media never bothered to check the facts behind the gun control debate, I figure that this strategy will probably work in a limited fashion.