CBS Touts Archie Taking Bullet For Gay Friend; Inadvertently Reveals Publisher's Flip-Flop

July 16, 2014 | 11:25 PM EDT

[More in the cross-post on the MRC's NewsBusters blog.]

Anthony Mason spotlighted the death of comic book character Archie Andrews on the 16 July 2014 edition of CBS Evening News, and pointed out that "all ends...when an adult Archie takes a bullet aimed by a stalker at a gay friend." Mason turned to the comics' publisher, Jon Goldwater, and wondered if he was "trying to make a political statement with this comic book."

Goldwater denied that he was doing so, even though he underlined that "un violence is too prevalent in this country, and we should do everything we can to prevent it." However, just hours earlier on NPR's Morning Edition, he hinted the exact opposite:

STEVE INSKEEP: The politician [friend of Archie] is a veteran, who is pushing for better gun control in Riverdale. The publisher of the comic books, Jon Goldwater, acknowledges that this end might seem a bit political.

JON GOLDWATER, ARCHIE COMICS (from phone interview): Frankly, we do have a point of view here.