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MSNBC Is Sick of the 'So-Called Right' to Bear Arms

NewsBusters - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 23:36
<p>On Thursday’s <em>Deadline: White House</em>, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace and <em>New York Times</em> columnist Bret Stephens eschewed the obligatory disclaimer that has been used by gun control advocates for decades – the claim that they’re not ‘coming for anybody’s guns.’</p>

MRC’s Bozell to Media: Get Over It, Everyone Uses Notecards

NewsBusters - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 23:08
<p>“Who doesn’t use notecards?” MRC President Brent Bozell said in an interview with Fox News’s Trish Regan, who was filling in on <em>Your World With Neil Cavuto</em>. “We all have used notecards. Every president has used a notecard. Barack Obama spent eight years using teleprompters.”</p>

CNN Rebukes Student's Claims of ‘Scripted’ Questions, But Have Long History of It

NewsBusters - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 23:01
<p>In the wee hours of Thursday morning, CNN began taking heat for supposedly scripting much of their train wreck a gun control town hall from just hours earlier. Colton Haab a Parkland shooting survivor, who protected his fellow students, told a local ABC affiliate that CNN would not allow him to ask the questions he had prepared and wanted him to read theirs.</p>

Deadspin Blog Praises Warriors' Coach Kerr for Supporting Gun Control Marchers

NewsBusters - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 22:59
<p>When Golden State Warriors' head coach Steve Kerr starts spewing his left-wing views on political issues, he's always got the support of <em>Deadspin's </em>Deputy Editor Barry Petchesky. Today Petchesky writes in agreement with Kerr's support of youth marching for gun control in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.</p>

Pence Excoriates Liberal Media ‘Fawning Over’ North Korean Family at the Olympics

NewsBusters - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 22:48
<p>NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Addressing a boisterous and energized crowd on Thursday morning at CPAC, Vice President Mike Pence revisited the Trump administration’s successes in 2018 and addressed head-on the liberal media’s love affair during the Winter Olympics with the murderous North Korea’s Kim Yo-jong, a member of the regime’s “evil family clique.”</p>

Tras tiroteo en Parkland, Arrarás despotrica contra Marco Rubio

NewsBusters - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 21:55
<p>La presentadora de Telemundo María Celeste Arrarás vuelve a la carga, apropiándose del tiroteo horrendo ocurrido en Parkland, Florida como fundamento de un editorial viciado contra el senador Marco Rubio, lleno de falacias, inconsistencias y difamaciones- todo en pos de la agenda de control de armas tan prevalente en nuestros medios nacionales de habla hispana.  </p>

Belligerent CNN Journalists Bash 'Conspiracy Theorists' at NRA

NewsBusters - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 21:41
<p>During Thursday's edition of CNN's <em>Wolf</em>, panelist Nia-Malika Henderson slammed NRA Spokeswoman Dana Loesch's statement at CPAC alleging that "legacy media" enjoy mass shootings and referred to members of the NRA as "conspiracy theorists” for believing that the Democrats want to take their guns away. </p>

Actress Charlize Theron: ‘I Am a F***ing Feminist’

NewsBusters - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 21:27
<p>While she used to shy away from the word, one big name star is now embracing the term “feminism.” On Sunday, <em>Matter of Fact With Soledad O'Brien </em>aired an interview with actress Charlize Theron and Kweku Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela. While speaking, Theron addressed equal pay and insisted that she was a “fucking feminist.”</p>

Election Meddling: The 'Tell Them to Vote' Campaign

NewsBusters - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 21:12
<p>I had been summoned for a new project in Los Angeles, the country’s largest Spanish-language media market. Univision Radio had new programming in the works, and I was in their plans. The welcome was very friendly, but the executives were also very clear: through our work, we had to drive Latinos to the polls. It was March of 2016 and the presidential election was approaching. My tenure at the station didn't last long, especially after I discovered their true intentions.</p>

Fox Hosts Slam Media: Listen to Kids on Abortion, Too

NewsBusters - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:52
<p>If the media are going to cover teenagers’ opinions on guns, they should also listen to them on abortion, according to two Fox News hosts. Fox hosts Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson recently slammed the liberal media for their “double-standard” in coverage on American youth. During their shows February 20 and 21, they criticized journalists for voicing teenagers who support gun control, while ignoring youth who back abortion restrictions.</p> <div> </div>

Zing! Ted Cruz: ‘In the History of the Universe, Nobody Has Ever Been Afraid of Chris Cuomo’

NewsBusters - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:49
<p>Appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, Ted Cruz struck back at liberal CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and his <a href="https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/kyle-drennen/2018/02/16/ted-cruz-blasts-cuomo-falsely-claiming-im-afraid-talk-cnn" target="_blank">fake news accusation</a> that the senator is afraid to come on his network. CPAC moderator Ben Domenech joked, “I am not on Twitter right now, but I do wonder if the five minutes since we have started, Chris has tweeted whether you are afraid to come on his program to talk about [guns].” </p>

CNN Tracks Down And Harasses Elderly Woman For Spreading 'Russian' Propaganda

NewsBusters - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:48
<p>A video tweeted by CNN on Wednesday has been making the rounds, in which the network’s special investigations unit reporter Drew Griffin harasses an elderly Florida woman in for supposedly being “influenced by Kremlin-linked trolls.”</p>

Ellen DeGeneres: Trump Should Never Slam Oprah Winfrey, the 'Mother of Our Country'

NewsBusters - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:23
<p>Ellen DeGeneres welcomed Oprah Winfrey on her show to discuss how President Trump mocked her on Twitter for asking voters about his mental fitness and potential sexual abuse on 60 Minutes. But first, Ellen had to play her usual game about how she's all about unity and Trump's "job" as president is to bring the unity to America. She said you can't mess with Oprah, because "when you mess with Oprah, you mess with me." And Oprah is "the mother of our country." </p>

Intromisión electoral: la campaña 'Diles que voten'

NewsBusters - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:11
<p>Había sido convocada para un nuevo proyecto en un medio de comunicación. Univisión radio tenía una nueva programación entre manos y yo estaba en sus planes. La bienvenida fue muy cordial pero también muy claros sus ejecutivos; teníamos que propiciar, con nuestras intervenciones, que la gente hispana saliese a votar. Era marzo de 2016 y las elecciones presidenciales se acercaban. Mi estadía en esta estación no duró mucho, más bien, hasta que descubrí sus verdaderas intenciones.</p>

Journalist Criticizes Scarborough for Praising Trump: It's 'The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations'

NewsBusters - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 19:33
<p>When <em>Morning Joe</em> co-host Joe Scarborough did the unthinkable and praised President Trump for holding a “listening session” with victims of gun violence, Jeffrey Goldberg, <em>The Atlantic</em> editor-in-chief, said that his praise serves as an example of “the soft bigotry of low expectations.”</p>

Trump Endorses Raising Minimum Age to 21 for More Weapons

The Stream - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 19:23

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Thursday endorsed a higher minimum age for buying certain rifles and tighter background checks for purchasers, saying “there’s nothing more important than protecting our children,” amid a public outcry for action after the Florida school shooting.

Trump said he spoke Wednesday night with many members of Congress and “they’re into background checks.” The president commented as he opened a school safety discussion at the White House with state and local officials from around the country.

Early Thursday, Trump tweeted his strongest stance on gun control one day after an emotional White House session where students and parents poured out wrenching tales of lost lives and pleaded for action.

Trump said on Twitter, “I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks!” The president did not immediately offer more details.

Trump’s focus on gun violence came as leaders of the National Rifle Association offered a vigorous defense of gun rights during the Conservative Political Action Conference, urging enhanced -- and armed -- security at schools. An armed Broward County sheriff’s deputy, the regular school resource officer, was on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, at the time of the shooting.

“Evil walks among us and God help us if we don’t harden our schools and protect our kids,” said NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre. “The whole idea from some of our opponents that armed security makes us less safe is completely ridiculous.”

The NRA officials didn’t address whether the federal government should raise the age limit for young adults to buy weapons, accusing Democrats and media outlets of exploiting the Florida shooting. The NRA on Wednesday announced it opposes raising the age limit.

“Many in legacy media love mass shootings, you guys love it,” said NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch at CPAC. “Now I’m not saying that you love the tragedy, but I am saying that you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold.”

The current federal minimum age for buying or possessing handguns is 21, but the limit is 18 for rifles including assault-type weapons such as the AR-15 used by a former student in last week’s attack in Florida that killed 17 students and staff members.

“We’re going to work on getting the age up to 21 instead of 18,” Trump said at the White House, adding that he thinks the NRA will back it -- despite the group’s stated opposition.

In another tweet, Trump repeated his urgent call for trained teachers or others in schools to carry guns as a deterrent to attacks.

“If a potential ‘sicko shooter’ knows that a school has a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school. Cowards won’t go there…problem solved. Must be offensive, defense alone won’t work!” Trump tweeted.

He has previously expressed an interest in efforts to strengthen the federal background check system. It was not clear if he would back closing loopholes that permit loose private sales on the internet and at gun shows.

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The National Rifle Association on Wednesday quickly rejected any talk of raising the age for buying long guns to 21.

“Legislative proposals that prevent law-abiding adults aged 18-20 years old from acquiring rifles and shotguns effectively prohibits them for purchasing any firearm, thus depriving them of their constitutional right to self-protection,” the group said in a statement.

Trump, despite his new push for at least some gun-control changes, stressed his backing for the NRA on Thursday, tweeting that “the folks who work so hard at the @NRA are Great People and Great American Patriots. They love our Country and will do the right thing. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

Speaking at CPAC, Vice President Mike Pence said that in a meeting with governors at the White House next Monday, Trump and the state leaders will “make the safety of our nation’s schools and our students our top national priority.”

On Wednesday, Trump listened intently at the White House as students described the horror of the shootings in Parkland, Florida. The students and their parents appealed to him to press for stricter gun laws.

“I turned 18 the day after” the shooting, said tearful student Samuel Zeif. “Woke up to the news that my best friend was gone. And I don’t understand why I can still go in a store and buy a weapon of war. An AR. How is it that easy to buy this type of weapon? How do we not stop this after Columbine? After Sandy Hook?”

Trump promised to be “very strong on background checks.” And he indicated he supported allowing some teachers and other school employees to carry concealed weapons to be ready for intruders.

The president had invited the teen survivors of school violence and parents of murdered children in a show of his resolve against gun violence in the wake of last week’s shootings in Florida and in past years at schools in Connecticut and Colorado.

Trump asked his guests to suggest solutions and solicited feedback. He did not fully endorse any specific policy solution, but pledged to take action and expressed interest in widely differing approaches.

He largely listened, holding handwritten notes bearing his message to the families. “I hear you” was written in black marker.

Besides considering concealed carrying of weapons by trained school employees, a concept he has endorsed in the past, he said he planned to go “very strongly into age, age of purchase.” And he said he was committed to improving background checks and working on mental health.

Most in the group Wednesday were emotional but quiet and polite.

But Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was killed last week, noted the previous school massacres and raged over his loss, saying this moment isn’t about gun laws but about fixing the schools.

“It should have been one school shooting and we should have fixed it and I’m pissed. Because my daughter, I’m not going to see again,” said Pollack. “King David Cemetery, that is where I go to see my kid now.”

A strong supporter of gun rights, Trump has nonetheless indicated in recent days that he is willing to consider ideas not in keeping with National Rifle Association orthodoxy, including age restrictions for buying assault-type weapons. Still, gun owners are a key part of his base of supporters.

The people assembled for the White House meeting on Wednesday included parents of students killed in massacres at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, and Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Students and parents from the Washington area also were present.

Trump later tweeted that he would “always remember” the meeting. “So much love in the midst of so much pain. We must not let them down. We must keep our children safe!!”

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Associated Press writers Jill Colvin, Ken Thomas, Darlene Superville and Sadie Gurman in Washington, Zeke Miller in Oxon Hill, Maryland, and Mark Levy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Alina Hartounian from Phoenix contributed to this report.

 

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'View' Host Meghan McCain Presses ESPN's Hill to Defend Race-Baiting Tweet

NewsBusters - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:42
<p>Meghan McCain was the only one to hold ESPN’s Jemele Hill accountable for the incendiary comments she made about President Trump last September, on the <em>View’s</em> February 21 show.</p> <div> </div>

1999: CBS Admitted Assault Weapons Ban Didn’t Stop Columbine

NewsBusters - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:29
<p>While liberal journalists are exploiting the Parkland shooting tragedy to get more gun control legislation, including another “assault weapons” ban, what they’re not telling their viewers is they know it won’t work. Or at least that’s what CBS News’s Lesley Stahl recognized way back in 1999, when she admitted that the 1994 assault weapons ban did nothing to stop Columbine.</p>

A Video Message From Brent Bozell: Demand ABC Stops Supporting Anti-Christian Bigotry!

NewsBusters - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:25
<p>Media Research Center President Brent Bozell on Thursday released a video message demanding that the sponsors of ABC’s The View stop subsidizing the show’s anti-Christian bigotry. Regarding the MRC’s campaign to hold ABC responsible for sliming Christianity as a “mental illness,” Bozell warned, “We’ve moved on to the advertisers.” </p>

WashPost's 'Acts of Faith' Blog Remembers Billy Graham, Absent Father

NewsBusters - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:16
<p>Oh Washington Post, if you weren’t so wrong, how would we ever know what’s right?</p>

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