Black conservative columnist suspended from paper for article defending NRA

Black conservative columnist suspended from paper for article defending NRA

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Stacy Washington (Twitter)
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Stacy Washington (Twitter)

On Tuesday, BizPac Review reported that Stacy Washington, a black conservative columnist formerly with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, was suspended after writing an article defending the National Rifle Association from comparisons to ISIS.

In an article titled, “Guns and the Media,” Washington points to what she called “the homogeneity of America’s newsrooms” when it comes to gun owners and called out Missouri School of Journalism professor emeritus George Kennedy for speaking of NRA members in the same breath as ISIS terrorists in an op-ed piece, Tom Tillison said.

She wrote:

Amusing. NRA members committed none of the gun crimes that he mentioned in his article. When inner-city residents complain of crime in their neighborhoods or decry the lack of adequate policing, the NRA or its membership are never mentioned. The NRA does not advocate for felons to own guns, nor is it NRA policy to seek to lower the legal age to own a firearm. To describe their activities in this manner is to slander the organization. Would the Missourian open its op-ed section for an NRA response?

To further illustrate the ridiculous nature of Kennedy’s comparison, when has a member of the NRA ever decapitated, set on fire, tossed from a rooftop or otherwise terrorized another American? The linkage is not only rife with improper context; it is false on its face. Yet the Missourian saw fit to publish it without question, I believe, because it suits the ideological bent of the opinion editor.

For that, she was accused of being a “shill” for the NRA with an “unacceptable” conflict of interest.

Quite a few, however, didn’t buy the paper’s explanation.

On Monday, Washington noted:

This incident, by the way, illustrates the bigotry of the left.  Liberals are perfectly okay with columnists comparing law-abiding gun owners to terrorists and they’re just fine with nutjobs like this guy who said he was okay with the extermination of five million NRA members.  And they remain silent as violent liberals advocate murdering the president and his supporters.  But they’re not okay with conservatives who dare let their views be known.

This is why I call it the “Democrat-media complex.”

Washington, however, has a fix for that:

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