Campbell Brown: Obama Needs to Hold Media Elites Feet to the Fire


Former CNN Anchor Campbell Brown hasn't been heard from since she walked away from her low rated show on the cable net.

But, now she is blaming the media and the entertainment industry for all the gun violence that is happening around the country. And she thinks President Obama is giving the Media Elites a pass.

In an Op-Ed piece in the Wall Street Journal Brow writes that there was something missing from President Obama's Wednesday speech in Denver about gun violence. He focused almost exclusively on passing gun-control laws, and not at all on one of the nation's biggest promoters of violence: the entertainment industry.

The president's campaign against gun violence has produced a stale debate marked by lots of speeches with little achieved. A more creative chief executive would have used this moment to widen the discussion by drawing attention to the increasingly graphic violence so pervasive in television shows, movies and videogames. Mr. Obama is particularly well positioned to challenge Hollywood because of his special relationship with the media world's elites. They might be more likely to heed criticism coming from Mr. Obama than from any other president or member of Congress.

In January, when announcing his gun-violence task force, headed by Vice President Biden, Mr. Obama paid lip service to the subject of media violence. The president's gun-control plan, based on Mr. Biden's recommendations, addressed the matter only by asking the Centers for Disease Control to "conduct research on the causes and prevention of gun violence, including links between videogames, media images, and violence." He asked Congress to allocate $10 million for the research. In Washington terms, that's a pittance.

Read her full piece at The Wall Street Journal