The New York Times' double standard on guns and abortion


Several recent stories in the New York Times suggest that the paper believes gun rights are a matter of opinion, while abortion rights are beyond question.

When the Times writes about "gun rights," it often qualifies the phrase by saying the idea is the position of gun lobbying groups, leaving to interpretation whether those groups are correct. By contrast, the paper tosses around the term "abortion rights" as it would human rights, handling it as a concept that is uncontested despite its status as a hotly-debated issue with "pro-choice" and "pro-life" groups facing off.

For example, on abortion, the Times said in an article dated Nov. 9 that 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is a "longtime opponent of abortion rights."