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National media exaggerate anti-Ayotte gun control protests
The Daily Caller ^ | 2 May, 2013 | Alex Pappas

Posted on 05/03/2013 3:12:39 AM PDT by marktwain

Two very different pictures are emerging of what took place this weekend at a series of townhall meetings by Kelly Ayotte, the Republican senator from New Hampshire.

Ayotte traveled back to the Granite State to meet with constituents, and among the topics that came up were her votes against new gun control measures. But local and national news media are giving sharply contrasting accounts of what really happened when the gun control issue surfaced.

If you read about the meetings in the national press, you likely went away thinking the Republican lawmaker was overwhelmed by pro-gun control critics. You might think the opposite if you read reports from the local news there.

“The big media folks flocked to the Granite State this week as though it was the First-in-the-Nation presidential primary, all because they wanted to see Sen. Ayotte get yelled at for voting against a measure that would have expanded gun control,” columnist Shawn Millerick wrote in the New Hampshire Journal, lamenting the coverage from national outlets.

Millerick added: “The media certainly covered what they wanted to see. The New York Times, the Washington Post and Politico all created the impression that Ayotte faced a firestorm of criticism at her town hall meetings.”

Politico’s story was titled, “Kelly Ayotte on defense over gun vote.”

The Washington Post headlined it’s story, “Sen. Kelly Ayotte becomes focus of gun-control groups after voting against background checks.”

The New York Times wrote, “In New Hampshire, Senator Finds Her Vote on Gun Bill Is Hot Topic.”

The stories in local press gave a different impression. The Concord Monitor reported that, “The crowd of about 250 in the Winnisquam Regional High School cafetorium seemed mostly supportive of Ayotte, applauding frequently, including after a man thanked her for her vote against the background checks legislation.”

WMUR, the state’s only network affiliate, said of the anti-Ayotte protesters: “Just as many, if not more, came out to applaud the senator’s stand.” A quick review of video clips from WMUR and other sources indicates Ayotte supporters were more numerous than detractors.

In his column, Millerick also posted photos of license tags outside the townhalls, suggesting that many of the protesters were from out of state.

“Complaints about liberal media bias can become tedious,” Millerick said. “The mainstream media is very liberal, that is well established. Griping about it rarely gets anyone anywhere. But occasionally, the collective groupthink of the elite establishment media becomes so biased that it actually needs to be called out.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: ayotte; banglist; guncontrol; msm; nh; secondamendment
The MSM is the problem.
1 posted on 05/03/2013 3:12:39 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Why does the Media want this country to go socialist so badly? What’s in it for them?


2 posted on 05/03/2013 3:15:08 AM PDT by ez (Muslims do not play well with others.)
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To: marktwain

“The MSM is the problem.”

Yes they are, and the Koch Bros. are the cure!


3 posted on 05/03/2013 3:15:47 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: marktwain

They don’t report they push agendas.


4 posted on 05/03/2013 3:24:01 AM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: marktwain

There is no organized local opposition to Ayotte on this issue.

This is 100% astroturf. Why else are these outraged “local citizens” accompanied by New York Times reporters wherever they go?

However, it’s important to recognize two things about this: First, OFA can now deploy “protesters” anywhere with essentially no lead time, and second, the level of integration of the political arm and the propaganda arm has arrived at a place we have not ever seen in this country.

It’s a coup that’s underway, it’s not politics. The synergism of Soros/Heinz-Kerry/Gates money, large propaganda entities like CNN and NYT, and the “entertainment” industry has become a very powerful force.


5 posted on 05/03/2013 3:26:25 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: marktwain
Surprise !


             

6 posted on 05/03/2013 3:26:29 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: marktwain

Bloomberg-funded astroturf...the hecklers were probably from outside her district.


7 posted on 05/03/2013 3:37:46 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: All

You mean, like Cindy Shehag?


8 posted on 05/03/2013 3:38:25 AM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: Jim Noble
It’s a coup that’s underway, it’s not politics.

Well, no, it's not.

Any "coup" that can't even pull 60 votes in the Senate to get a weak "gun control" bill to a floor vote isn't going anywhere.

I quite agree they's like to pull a coup, but is isn't working. At all.

9 posted on 05/03/2013 3:38:26 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: ez; All
Why does the Media want this country to go socialist so badly? What’s in it for them?

It is their religion, their culture, their personal agenda, their entire world view.

Many get into the MSM to "make a difference". If you are not part of the "progressive" culture, you do not go far in the MSM.

10 posted on 05/03/2013 3:41:33 AM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: Sherman Logan; All
Any "coup" that can't even pull 60 votes in the Senate to get a weak "gun control" bill to a floor vote isn't going anywhere.

I quite agree they's like to pull a coup, but is isn't working. At all.

Well, they got Obama reelected. They got Roberts to reverse and uphold Obamacare at the Supreme Court.

One setback does not mean that they are stopped, though I certainly hope that you are correct.

11 posted on 05/03/2013 3:46:11 AM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: marktwain
This is causing quite a stir - making the gun control freaks heads explode.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F1nPSNnaBo

only 2 minutes - pass it on after viewing. it is going viral ...

12 posted on 05/03/2013 3:57:06 AM PDT by bankwalker (In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.)
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To: marktwain

I believe most Journalists (A misnomer, but we call them that)are educated in colleges that are filled with leftists Communist teachers. Their peers are of the same sort .

I believe a journalist likes nothing better than reading their name on a story. The more they see their name the more sexually excited they become, It’s a fetish.

They know that in order to see their name they must be writing Communist, liberal ,Politically correct garbage.
So they write it and sneak off to themselves stare at their name on the byline and get off.

Television anchors are even worse they view their video as their own personal porn. Rachel Maddow and little Chrissy Mathews are practically worn out from it.


13 posted on 05/03/2013 3:57:21 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: marktwain

It is their religion, their culture, their personal agenda, their entire world view.

Many get into the MSM to “make a difference”. If you are not part of the “progressive” culture, you do not go far in the MSM.

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There is also the idea that they are of superior intellect,(that’s what they think) and more able to determine what is best for all the peons out here especially in flyover country.

And then there’s the power trip - we Journalists of the better intellect should be the ones calling the shots. etc etc


14 posted on 05/03/2013 4:17:18 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: bankwalker

a keeper


15 posted on 05/03/2013 4:32:05 AM PDT by digger48
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To: ez

They are all one world leftists and communists and evildoers. They celebrate every evil that goes against GOD.

LLS


16 posted on 05/03/2013 4:34:36 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Sherman Logan
I quite agree they's like to pull a coup, but is isn't working. At all.

I disagree.

They were shocked by their failure to elect Kerry, and they changed to a model of much more conspicuous lying, with much tighter integration of "stars" into the propaganda machine.

The results are all around you to see.

And, while it's true that they failed to pass Manchin-Toomey (the 90% lie being particularly egregious), they are now trying something new - deploying astroturf mobs accompanied by media to follow around the five or six Senators they need to switch (and, unfortunately, they picked a good target in Kelly Ayotte) - while there are "stars" on daytime TV constantly repeating the meme.

The only saving grace is that their machine isn't being run by Germans.

17 posted on 05/03/2013 4:35:02 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Jim Noble

You are still talking about their efforts, not their success.

I quite agree that they want to do what you say. I just see no evidence that their methods are achieving actual results.

Which is not to say that they won’t achieve such results, only that they haven’t yet.

I wish 2A proponents would even occasionally acknowledge the extent to which the terms of the debate have shifted in their direction. 30 - 40 years ago the gun control debate was very largely about whether all guns, or at least all handguns, should be prohibited or tightly controlled.

Today the argument is most states is about “shall issue” carry permits.

That is a truly enormous shift, similar to the equivalent shift in the same period about abortion issues. 40 years ago the argument was about whether all, or almost all, abortions should be illegal. Today it’s about whether even the most egregious and horrific examples of abortion can be made illegal.


18 posted on 05/03/2013 4:43:19 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Jim Noble
deploying astroturf mobs accompanied by media to follow around the five or six Senators they need to switch

Let us assume Manchin-Toomey gets to a floor vote in the Senate and passes. It still must pass a House vote, which it won't.

19 posted on 05/03/2013 4:44:24 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

“Let us assume Manchin-Toomey gets to a floor vote in the Senate and passes. It still must pass a House vote, which it won’t. “

It will in 2015, when the Dems get the issue they need to win the House. This vote was on gun control, which EVERYONE knew was a lost cause in the House - it was on control of the House in 2015. The Dems probably already had the commercials produced to isolate in on the “Do-Nothing House”. Stopping it in the Senate DESTROYED that plan for next year.

Why do you think it was such a big deal to them - if it was never going to make it to Obama’s desk? I can think of no other reason.


20 posted on 05/03/2013 5:07:06 AM PDT by BobL (Look up "CSCOPE" if you want to see something really scary)
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To: ez
"Why does the Media want this country to go socialist so badly?"

Because they're useful idiots.

"What’s in it for them?"

A rope.

Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!

21 posted on 05/03/2013 5:14:38 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: bankwalker

“This is causing quite a stir - making the gun control freaks heads explode.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F1nPSNnaBo

only 2 minutes - pass it on after viewing. it is going viral ... “

Wow!!! That was powerful! I’m so glad that someone is working to effectively put out the message on why the gun control laws being proposed don’t work. Do you know if these will solely be on the Internet, or will they cross to television, too?


22 posted on 05/03/2013 5:38:36 AM PDT by MNGal
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To: MNGal
Do you know if these will solely be on the Internet, or will they cross to television, too?

I don't know. A friend of mine sent me the link. It is going viral. I think you can just contact the producer. His link is there.

23 posted on 05/03/2013 5:41:07 AM PDT by bankwalker (In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.)
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To: marktwain

The Obamedia is worse than Pravda was in the old USSR. It’s time locals in situations like this confront the out-of-state Leftist mouthpieces and get in the face of the cameras so they can’t use the videos on air.


24 posted on 05/03/2013 5:57:29 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: MNGal
I agree that it was very well done, but it also points out two things:

1) More range time and lessons to not close your eyes while firing, and...

2) Use a .45 ACP...shooting twice is just plain silly!

I have a 1911 in .45 ACP and it is my preferred "Welcome Wagon". I also have a .40 S&W and a .380 for concealed carry, but other than at the range, they are loaded with JHPs. I damned sure won't be shutting my eyes if I have to draw down on a dirtbag!

25 posted on 05/03/2013 6:02:44 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: BobL

Gun control is not an issue that will help the Democrats win the House. Quite the opposite.


26 posted on 05/03/2013 6:23:14 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: BobL

There is a very strange tone to your argument.

Most Americans are opposed to strict new gun control regulations, but pushing these same regulations will assure they’re gaining control of the House.

This is pretty much the same argument that pro-abortion types make. Most Americans favor legalized abortion, but it must be protected as a constitutional right because if it’s left up to the political process every woman who gets an abortion will be prosecuted for murder.

What?


27 posted on 05/03/2013 6:25:23 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: marktwain
Millerick: Griping about it [media bias] rarely gets anyone anywhere. But occasionally, the collective groupthink of the elite establishment media becomes so biased that it actually needs to be called out.

Called out? No. Take them out behind the barn and administer a beat-down.

Can you hear me now?

(Sorry that's probably way out of line, but I get so frustrated. Maybe we are insane: Repeating the same act (calling out media bias) over and over and expecting different results.)
28 posted on 05/03/2013 7:02:00 AM PDT by Peet (Come back with a warrant.)
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(Sorry that’s probably way out of line, but I get so frustrated. Maybe we are insane: Repeating the same act (calling out media bias) over and over and expecting different results.)

We have been having major impact. That is why we defeated the push against the Second Amendment. The MSM is losing market share, money, and influence. They were able to reelect Oboma mostly because the Obama campaign did a better job with social media than Romney did.

We need to do more in order to save the Republic. There are still many people out there who do not understand that the major enemy of this constituional republic is the MSM.


29 posted on 05/03/2013 7:16:53 AM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: Sherman Logan

Do you have a better explanation as to why the Dems cared SO MUCH about what we all agree was useless vote?


30 posted on 05/03/2013 9:41:04 AM PDT by BobL (Look up "CSCOPE" if you want to see something really scary)
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To: BobL

Because it was symbolic to them of “doing something,” even if that something was useless.

Also, they are pissed off to find out just how out of sync with the country they are.


31 posted on 05/03/2013 9:47:41 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

“Because it was symbolic to them of “doing something,” even if that something was useless. Also, they are pissed off to find out just how out of sync with the country they are.”

Sorry, but with due respect things were A LOT different this time.

First, can you EVER recall a vote being this dramatic on an issue that was DOA at the next step - I CANNOT. We used to have votes on welfare reform when Clinton was president - and Welfare reform was much more important than a gun vote. They were close votes, but no one cared, because Clinton said he would veto...and he did (until he had to change his mind to get re-elected).

Second, I don’t think you’re visualizing how this vote could have been used against the Republicans, especially the ones in the Northeast. They had lots of options. One being the president saying “All I asked for was Background Checks to Close the Gun Show Loophole, and the Republicans in the House would not even allow that!!”. Or trotting out the Newtown Girls in tear-jerker commercials, essentially saying the same thing.

Whether we like it or not, the country still likes and trusts Obama, and if goes out there BLASTING the House Republicans, they won’t have a chance. Again, there is a reason why Bloomberg dumped $12M and the entire arm-twisting apparatus of government and media went full-tilt for this - and was for a LOT MORE than just a symbolic victory.


32 posted on 05/03/2013 5:33:47 PM PDT by BobL (Look up "CSCOPE" if you want to see something really scary)
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