This has been a bad month for left-wing media outlets taking conservatives out of context for the sake of making a strawman point. First, we had the whole kerfuffle over President Trump’s “animals” comments, where media outlets from the Washington Post to MSNBC were trying their best to convince the public that the president was dehumanizing all illegal immigrants in a Hitler-type fashion. It turned out, of course, that Trump was clearly taking only about members of MS-13, a dangerous gang responsible for murder, rape, and other forms of sickening brutality.
The media followed that up with one of their favorite targets: The NRA. Last week, NRA talk show host Colion Noir posted a video in which he accused the media of making these school shootings worse by glorifying the shooters and spending endless hours covering these tragedies with breathless, excited commentary. But while making a point that many agree with, Noir went further, wondering if perhaps Congress should pass a law restricting the media’s ability to cover these shootings in their typically sick fashion.
“It’s time to put an end to this glorification of carnage in pursuit of ratings, because it’s killing our kids,” Noir said in the video. “It’s time for Congress to step up and pass legislation putting common sense limitations on #MSM’s ability to report on these school shootings.”
Now anyone watching the video would of course be plugged into the gun debate well enough to have gotten the hint when Noir used the phrase “common sense limitations.” This is a phrase Democrats use over and over again to describe the laws they want to pass against the Second Amendment.
But if you didn’t get the point he was making, all you had to do is stay tuned to the video, because within a few seconds, Noir spelled it out explicitly.
“You know that feeling of anxiety that shot through your body when I said the government should pass laws to limit the media’s ability to exercise their First Amendment right?” Noir asked. “That’s the same feeling gun owners get when they hear people say the same thing about the Second Amendment.”
Apparently Vice’s Tess Owen didn’t stick around for that part, because she immediately wrote an article headlined: “NRA wants Congress to set ‘limitations’ on how the news can cover school shootings.” She went on to accuse Noir and the NRA of hypocrisy, as though that was not the exact OPPOSITE of the host’s point.
Well, when you don’t have any salient points of your own to argue, you misrepresent the views of your opponents, knowing that the majority of your readers won’t check for themselves. Sad that they have to resort to these strawmen, but then, that’s all they’ve got.