Right-wing pundit and the National Rifle Association’s spokeswoman Dana Loesch has The New York Times in her sights…And we’re not sure if that’s entirely metaphorical.
On Thursday NRA TV tweeted out a video in which she warns the venerable “Gray Lady” — or, as she calls it, “The Old Gray Hag” — “we’re coming for you” because “the people have had enough.”
— NRATV (@NRATV) August 3, 2017
Dana Loesch then proceeds to unload on The New York Times.
“We’ve had it with your constant protection of your Democrat overlords, your refusal to acknowledge any truth that upsets the fragile construct that you believe is real life.”
The paper has been around since 1835 and has long been revered as the news source of record. But this gun lover appears to prefer alternative facts.
“And we’ve had it with your pretentious, tone-deaf assertion that you are, in any way, truth or fact-based journalism.”
How dare The New York Times keep publishing a growing body of evidence that proves the link between stricter laws for firearms and reduced gun violence. The ad makes no mention of actual guns, yet the overall effect is drenched in fear, anger, and violence.
“We’re going to laser-focus on your so-called ‘honest pursuit of truth.’ In short, we’re coming for you,” a raging Dana Loesch rants. “Consider this a shot across your proverbial bow.” Because any point of view that contradicts the NRA is a threat to the right-wing hatriots who support them.
Or, as she so elegantly puts it…
“The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth.”
This isn’t the first time the NRA and Dana Loesch have unleashed their bitter vitriol on the people of America. In June, they ran an ad calling on their supporters to fight those who stand against the cruel and senseless policies of Donald Trump and the Republican Party. Or, in other words, a vast majority of their fellow Americans. The New York Times didn’t fail to notice their iconic office building featured briefly in the footage.
The images feature peaceful shots of major cities mixed with footage of violence in Washington during President Trump’s inauguration and images of protesters walking on highways and shouting at police officers; early in the video The New York Times building is shown.
As with the current video, Dana Loesch makes no mention of actual guns, just that “clenched fist of truth.”
Dana Loesch’s tirade proves what we’ve long suspected: That the hard right isn’t satisfied with merely seizing control of our government. They also desperately seek nothing less than to control what we see as the truth. And unfortunately, the major news outlets have played into this by becoming so middle-of-the-road and corporate even non-right wingers don’t entirely trust them. Nor does it help that the demise of the Fairness Doctrine — which requires the big network TV stations give equal time to both sides of an issue — has allowed Fox News to run amok and poison people’s brains with mean, paranoid lies.
Still, when push comes to shove, liberals, centrists, and moderate conservatives live in a fact-based world, and recognize that some media sources are more reliable than others. For that reason — along with the fact that truth often has a liberal bias, because it has no moneyed interests behind it — the “lamestream media” is an ever-present threat.
WATCH Dana Loesch’s latest pro-NRA, anti-American rant.
— NRATV (@NRATV) August 3, 2017
As William Shakespeare once observed about the Trump era:
“Life is a story told by an idiot, full of noise and emotional disturbance but devoid of meaning.”
—“Macbeth”, Act 5, Scene 5.
Featured image: Video screen grab | NRA TV via Twitter.