Well, it’s not just guns, but for gun aficionados, we notice it more and more.  Lee Williams takes FoxNews to task in a report on the fake news FoxNews is trotting out, especially after murder atrocities.


By Lee Williams 

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to tell the difference between FOX News and CNN or MSNBC. Especially when the topic is guns. And especially after a mass shooting. 

For at least seven years, FOX News has been citing fake mass-shooting data from the Gun Violence Archive – an anti-gun nonprofit we debunked years ago – in its digital and broadcast news stories. The reason is simple. The GVA inflates body counts, sometimes by more than 1,000%, so its overblown data has become catnip for the legacy media, which is constantly seeking more sensational headlines and news stories. 

How does the GVA get its inflated numbers? They created their own definition of a mass shooting, of course. When most Americans hear the term, they picture a madman stalking the halls of a school or a shopping mall, coldly murdering innocent victims. What doesn’t come to mind are rival drug crews shooting it out in Chicago, a deranged husband murdering his entire family, or a law-abiding gun owner acting in self-defense. Yet for the GVA, any time four or more people are killed or even slightly wounded with a firearm, it’s labeled a mass shooting.

For example, according to the FBI and its more conservative definition, there were 30 mass shootings in 2019. The GVA claims there were 417.

Despite the obvious bad math, the legacy media, politicians and the gun-ban industry treat GVA’s reports as gospel. The Biden-Harris Administration, The New York Times, National Public Radio, USA Today, The Trace and a host of other outlets all cite GVA’s fictitious data and use its overly broad definition when reporting about mass shootings.

The GVA uses dubious sources to gather its mass-shooting data, too. In a 2021 interview with the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project, Mark Bryant, a retired computer analyst and GVA’s executive director, admitted his researchers gather data from law enforcement Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as media accounts, even though the media is notorious for getting the facts wrong after a mass shooting. 

Despite the bad sources and bad math, FOX News continues to cite the GVA’s numbers in their stories, most recently Monday, after a mass-shooting in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Image by Lee Williams.

Problematic attribution 

Mark Bryant founded the GVA in 2013 and FOX News began citing them as a news source just a few years later. The network has never fully disclosed the nature of the anti-gun nonprofit to its viewers, or how it gathers its information.

Here is a list of how FOX News has attributed the GVA data in news stories from the past seven years: 

  • 2016 – “using information collected by the Gun Violence Archive, a nonpartisan research group.” 
  • 2017 – “based on data from the Gun Violence Archive, which catalogs reports of gun violence in the U.S.”
  • 2018 – “according to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive.”
  • 2019 – “according to data from the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive (GVA).” 
  • 2020 – “according to the Gun Violence Archive.”
  • 2021 – “according to data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive (GVA).” 
  • 2022 – “The Gun Violence Archive defines mass shootings as ones where ‘4 or more [people are] shot or killed, not including the shooter.’”
  • February, 2023 – “according to the non-profit Gun Violence Archive.”
  • March, 2023 – “according to the non-profit Gun Violence Archive.”

No comment 

Both Trace Gallagher, FOX News Anchor/Chief Breaking News Correspondent, and Brett Baier, Chief Political Anchor and Executive Editor of Special Report, have cited GVA data recently in news stories. 

I reached out to both on Twitter, warning them their credibility was at risk. Neither Gallagher nor Baier responded. 



Neither Irena Briganti, Senior Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications – FOX News Media, nor Porter Berry, Executive Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of FOX News Digital, responded to emails seeking their comments and an explanation as to why the network pushes flawed and biased data in its news stories. 


I should disclose I am a regular FOX News viewer. I turn it on in the morning after my computer warms up and it stays on throughout my workday. I check the FOX News website at least hourly, and I can’t miss an episode of Tucker, who fearlessly holds the powerful accountable, or Gutfeld, who is always good for a laugh. 

Still, what FOX News is doing is dead wrong. They are aiding and abetting the gun-banners by repeatedly citing false mass shooting data, which can lead the uninformed to believe that “gun violence” – another term FOX should stop using – is far worse that it really is.

FOX is the most-watched cable news network in the country. Millions of people tune in to its programming. That could be a real game-changer if the network would start telling the truth rather than promulgating debunked lies.  

In my humble opinion, FOX should immediately stop citing Gun Violence Archive data and issue a clarification and an apology to its viewers. That’s what’s required journalistically, and it’s also the right thing to do. I hope FOX’s editors and producers take corrective action quickly because America is watching. 


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5 thoughts on “GOING WOKE? FoxNews increasingly looks a lot like CNN & MSNBC when it comes to guns”
  1. If it weren’t for Tucker, I wouldn’t ever tune into Fox. And I get him over YouTube. My wife and I cut the cord a while back. Haven’t missed it. If it weren’t for family & relative pictures, she would leave the book of face (feces) too.

  2. Gave up on Faux years ago. No cable, no social media, no satellite here. Don’t need it, or miss it. I don’t need to be told by anyone what to think.

  3. Like the posters above, I very rarely watch Fox News. However, the problem is that there are millions who do, and many (most?) of them believe there are hundreds of Sandy Hooks every year. They also believe that an AR-15 is the most destructive rifle the world has ever seen, and no civilian should have one. (They also believe all police are well-trained.) Reeducation of the masses to correct the lies is THE big challenge!

  4. I catch the Fox programs on computer that I like, “the Five” is mostly pretty good, love Judge Janeen, they usually have a lib on the panel, nice to see 4 normal people and one (somewhat moderate) lib, unless it is HORaldo, the dumb fu*k,
    “Outnumbered is good as well, 4 HOT conservative females, Emily C. (YUM!), Ingrahm Angle good as well.
    No cable/satellite, never could afford TV I had to pay for, Antenna has always fill ed my5 modest means.

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