In the aftermath of August’s mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, right-wing politicians placed the blame not on guns, but on mental illness and video games. Yet research by the American Psychiatric Association refutes such claims, and video games have never been tied to violent crime in any scientific study. A CJR review found that, between August 4 and August 10, Fox News repeatedly mentioned mental illness and video games, indicating 73 percent of the time that they’re connected to mass shootings. We compared Fox’s treatment to that of its competitors.
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