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December 26, 2012

Howard Kurtz Scoffs At DC Police Probe Into Gun Criminal David Gregory

After all, gun laws are for the little people and prosecution of Celebrated Journalist David Gregory would be "a total waste of time."

Was the moderator of Meet the Press caught on tape, armed and dangerous, liberating a few Slurpees from a 7-Eleven? No, he waved a high-capacity ammunition clip on the air while interviewing Wayne LaPierre, asking it [sic] shouldn’t be banned.

[...]

But a police probe over what I assume was an empty ammo clip is a total waste of time. What it demonstrates above all is that journalists are getting ensnared in the political war over gun control.

Do tell. What other laws does Kurtz propose to ignore because they are stupid wastes of time?

And journalists ensnared in politics? Do. Tell.

What planet is Kurtz on that he can so casually imply that journalists are unwilling participants in the gun control debate? Have they not taken every opportunity to insert themselves into the argument, usually by framing their interviewees as crazy people, clinging to their guns and gun fantasies?

Does Kurtz not have access to television?

More notable are the ostensibly straight-news journalists who have come down on the side of stronger gun control. For example, when a Republican congressman, Georgia's Jack Kingston, argued on MSNBC recently that tough gun control laws haven't prevented mass shootings in some European countries, the network's anchor, Thomas Roberts, responded, "So, we need to just be complacent in the fact that we can send our children to school to be assassinated?"

Earlier, while reporting from Connecticut, a CNN anchor, Don Lemon, burst into an impromptu appeal for action. "We need to get guns and bullets and automatic weapons off the streets," Lemon said. "They should only be available to police officers and to hunt al-Qaeda and the Taliban and not hunt elementary school children."

Also on CNN, anchor Soledad O'Brien sought a promise from Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott to take action on guns. When Scott declined, a clearly frustrated O'Brien said she hoped the gun conversation would become "meaningful" before she was forced to "cover another tragedy." A few days before, when a conservative academic told O'Brien he believes having more guns among law-abiding citizens would reduce crime, she responded, "I just have to say, your position completely boggles me, honestly."

If journalists didn't want to be "ensnared" in the gun grabber debate, they could just shut their pie holes and report the news. Instead, they're sweating over guns in video games on the front page of the NYTimes. They're busy clucking about "gun show loopholes" that haven't existed since the mid-1990s on the radio. They're actually publishing the names and addresses of lawful gun owners.

The gun grabbers -- including so many journalists -- are doing what they usually do when the topic comes up. They are, in every medium available, calling a hundred million Americans complete lunatics. Next they're going to act all surprised when a hundred million people are pissed off about their unprofessional behavior.

Do you know what it's really about when someone starts calling something a "distraction" or, as Kurtz calls it, "a sideshow"? It's a concession that they have utterly lost the argument. The gun grabbers made monkeys of themselves. Now they'd like everyone else to just shut up about the whole thing.

You see, Howard Kurtz and other Celebrated Journalists are having a Very Important Discussion about gun control and they don't have time for any of your retrograde carrying on about your rights.


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