Skip to comments.Journalists slam NRA throughout press conference
Posted on 12/21/2012 11:14:46 AM PST by billorites
When National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre took the stage on Friday to address the media about last weeks elementary school massacre, he made it clear multiple times that the organization has issues with how the press reports on guns.
At one point, LaPierre said the media demonize lawful gun owners, amplify their cries for more laws and fill the national debate with misinformation and dishonest thinking.
If the NRA doesnt like reporters, the feeling is apparently mutual.
As Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, put it:
Reporters on my Twitter feed seem to hate the NRA more than anything else, ever.
Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) December 21, 2012
Here are some of the views expressed by reporters and editors from news outlets including Talking Points Memo, Politico, The New York Times and The Huffington Post on Twitter during LaPierres speech:
LaPierre as delusional as any dictator. His speech against music videos, hurricanes has the feel of a Castro rant or Mugabe tirade.
The Huffington Posts Jason Cherkis (@jasoncherkis) December 21, 2012
In Wayne LaPierres defense, tone-deafness is a serious condition that afflicts hundreds of thousands of Americans.
New York Daily News Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) December 21, 2012
Wayne LaPierre should have just given this speech to an empty chair on a stage
The Nations Jeremy Scahill (@jeremyscahill) December 21, 2012
No two ways about: This is gross, awful, dishonest.
Talking Points Memos Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) December 21, 2012
What is this NRA guy talking about? Blame hurricanes. Blame media. Its so strange.
Politicos Ben White (@morningmoneyben) December 21, 2012
This is nuts.
Talking Points Memos Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) December 21, 2012
If it wasnt for all the dead children, the #NRA press conference might have been amusing.
The New York Times Jonathan Weisman (@jonathanweisman) December 21, 2012
Stallone movie meets Fidel Castro speech
Politicos Alex Burns (@aburnspolitico) December 21, 2012
Many of the same reporters were infuriated that the NRA wouldnt take questions.
Its amazing how much damage LaPierre is doing to the NRA without even allowing questions.
The Washington Posts Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) December 21, 2012
Reporters should walk out of this press conference right now, if hes not taking questions. Otherwise, its just a propaganda event. #Newtown
The Nations David Corn (@DavidCornDC) December 21, 2012
He understands how the game is played in Chicago.
The truth is getting out about guns and the evil ones are panicking that they are losing control of one of their big issues.
Is he talking about Obama's standard press conference?
Waah pansy reporters.
BE WARY OF THE MEDIA-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX!
Barrack on a roll.......the Mayans were right..John Kerry was just nominated for Sec of State!
“His speech against music videos, hurricanes has the feel of a Castro rant or Mugabe tirade.”
That’s the first time any of them have said anything bad about Castro or Mugabe. By the way, both disarmed their people as soon as they gained power.
Wayne LaPerre needs to speak out. Those people are followers.
Parasites. All of them.
The funny thing about truth is that regardless of the narrative, it’s always there just waiting to be discovered.
Millions of Americans are realizing the truth about guns and the Second Amendment, and they are arming themselves for their own safety and that of their family.
I would bet my salary that a majority of those hemming and hawing about this news conference either A) live in a big city and drink the anti-gun Kool Aid every day or B) have armed security watching over them from bedroom to cubicle.
Those of us out here in the trenches understand that the police and the Federal leviathan not only don’t care about us but are part of the problem. They are simply there to clean up the mess made by the violent offenders and to do a root cause analysis to provide to people who supposedly make decisions. Just like in the IT world, a root cause analysis isn’t worth the paper on which it’s printed without action to address the root cause itself. Bandaid solutions and fixes that don’t fix anything are like putting a bandaid on a compound fracture or wrapping someone’s arm in gauze while they hemorrhage from their leg.
David Corn has never had a cogent thought in his head and his tweet today shows that that hasn’t changed.
We should start making a list of these pukes ~ and see if it's the same one as the JOURNOLIST crowd ~ bet it is.
I’m looking forward to the state-run media going after Hitlery and Obammie the Commie on Benghazi with the same passion.
(2) The security for the event was pathetic. Not only did disruptors get access, they were able to interrupt for very long periods of time before they were escorted out. The NRA should have been laser focused on security.
(3) He should have taken questions. Just because the president can walk off without questions and the press will still fawn over him does not mean that the NRA should do the same thing.
“Journalists slam NRA”??? LMFAO- since when were these pravda proud left wing parrots considered “journalists”???
Most of the media is an enemy every bit as dangerous as an invading army.
Over 10,000 new NRA members have signed up just today. I was on hold for 1 hour to renew mine and my wife’s membership. They are fired up and ready for battle on all fronts.
I watched it and disagree... Wayne made the left look like Nazis... because they are Nazis.
Does that mean MSM journalists live in unarmed zones?
Betcha a dollar that plenty of them have guns themselves - they just don’t want other people to have guns.
for every one person who joined the group, that represents 10 voters who think the same way as the group.
10,000 new members in one day means 100,000 voters
this is the smart way to fight the covernment. The first amendment has redress of grievences. It is not just speech, assembly, and religion.
Now I pray people start mobilizing for 2014. Now is the time to oranize. Purge the kook opportunists who never win but the MSM loves. Primary the rinos. Put up only ARTICULATE and sane candidates.
Reporters demonstrating just how infantile they actually are. Ezra Klein and David Corn? A couple of leftist punks who would never dream of “walking out” of an Obama press conference if he didn’t answer questions.
CNBC and other channels had reporters falling all over themselves saying they personally did not own arms.
Yeah, keep bashing the NRA. That’ll help.
I watched most of it (as interrupted by network). Wayne covered all the points. Look at carefully at what he really said. I give him an A+ for content, spelling, grammer and punctuation.
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A media response yesterday to ‘guards in each school’ was that then the bad guys would move to malls and other places.
So we leave the children as unprotected sacrifices to protect the malls??????
Glad to see you do have fight for this issue... and I agree with you.
The hysterical, hate-filled, so called journalists are Democrats hurling out their vomit covered incoherence. Faced with the light of truth, they know not how to conduct a rationale discussion about the correlation between guns and crime. Armed citizens means no crime.
The "journalists," like the current administration, believe that only the government (and criminals) should have guns. Unable to take guns away from criminals, the cowards want your guns instead.
I disagree with your points 1 and 3.
I strongly agree with your point 2. What the heck? Two of these clown get in — and then only get escorted out 5 minutes after they unfurl their banners and protest?
Absolutely NOT. Why give the anti 2nd Amendment media even more exposure. They never have to answer our questions.
If schools don’t need armed officers, why the heck do they call armed police officers when these shootings start?
Good, I hope they post their addresses.
One problem. This was not a press conference, it was a statement. Why won’t our guys answer questions and sell their position. By doing this the media spins the story.
I have been reading all day and this statement is being made into a national joke. Does anyone think this was helpfull? Why do this? Going dark until emotions calm was a good idea. He should have waited until after the holidays.
“BE WARY OF THE MEDIA-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX!”
Enemies foreign and DOMESTIC.
It would make no difference. One cannot reason with the irrational and willingly ignorant.
I read the transcript and I agree with you. Both sides are way overreacting to the shootings in Connecticut we don’t need to take away guns from law abiding people and we do not need to make schools armed camps indistinguishable from maximum security prisons.
Terrible people do terrible things and I hate when it happens. But why didn’t the school follow its own policies about campus access (or did they?)? Why did it take the police so long to respond? If it is broken fix it but don’t go into full tilt panic mode and respond without thinking.
Our rights are being challenged. They had a week to prepare. They needed to step up.
David Corn-hole can bl*w me.
I would also point out, regarding the police, that at Columbine the police encircled the school and waited while the two cowards inside continued to murder people.
The police were absolutely useless and gutless at Columbine.
Putting an armed guard in every school and relying on the police will not work.
Allow adults who actually care about the children to carry.
Victoria Soto bravely exposed herself to that little worm's gunfire to shield her children from him, even though she was unarmed.
If that courageous woman had a weapon, fewer families would be in mourning right now.
Seriously, it would be a waste of resources to put police in every school.
If you took all those police, and put them all in Chicago, you’d save more kids than you’d save putting them in schools.
It’s a matter of finite resources and return for investment.
That sucks when we just had 20 kids killed. But you know, for a parent, the kid that matters is their own. If one kid is killed, that parent feels just as bad as the 20 parents of the 20 kids killed in this shooting.
And that is the real loss. Each parent losing a kid. And it should make no difference whether 20 parents lose 20 children in 20 separate incidents, or 20 parents lose 20 children in a single incident.
But it does, because we are irrational. If we put police officers in every school, it will be because it makes us FEEL BETTER to “do something”, even something that makes no sense.
Frankly, this answer would also apply to every place we need guns. Instead of letting citizens have guns in their homes, let’s put police on every street. Let’s put police in every store, on every street corner, in every restaurant.
See, then we don’t need normal people to carry guns.
So frankly, I think this is a cop-out by the NRA. If the answer is guns in schools, then the answer is to allow trained school employees to carry their weapons into school, not to hire special police officers for the task.
That’s right. You get YOUR point out, NO QUESTIONs, NO OPPORTUNITIES for the ‘reporters’ to ask their silly ass questions and put forth their insane positions.
There is no point in having a national ‘discussion’ with these people or any Democrats. Let them try to push their laws on us and we give it all we’ve got in forcing our representatives and lobbyists in stopping them. I don’t care if Cuomo thinks my guns should be confiscated; I think he should be in jail, so there.