After the Australian media’s hate campaign against the NRA enters it’s second week, it appears some on the other side are starting to throw their toys out of the cot.
Dana Loesch has well and truly got under Channel Nine reporter Lizzie Pearl’s skin after she produced this rant:
“I have lived in this country, working as the US Correspondent for the Nine Network for only nine months. In that time I have covered three of the 10 most deadly mass shootings in this country’s history.
Las Vegas, where 58 people at a country music concert were killed by a gunman who was in his Mandalay Bay hotel room, spraying bullets into the crowd. Sutherland Springs, Texas, where a shooter took his gun into the First Baptist Church and claimed 26 lives.
And Parkland, Florida, where a teenager armed with a military-style assault rifle opened fire in the hallways and classrooms of his former high school. No Dana, the media does not love mass shootings.
“V networks are opening the mic, and the people speaking up are calling for change.
In this case it’s teenagers who survived the shooting who are speaking the loudest. Do they not deserve to be heard? President Donald Trump is flagging the idea of arming some trained teachers as a way of stopping mass shootings.
He deserves to be heard too, just as those who agree with him do. It’s easy to hate on the media, we are intruders by nature. It’s our job to show up at the worst possible time. But we all know if you ignore something, it doesn’t go away.
The media is facilitating a long and hard conversation this country desperately needs to have. If the NRA wants to be a part of that conversation, great. Perhaps this is an attempt by the NRA to shift the focus and change the subject on gun control, and maybe we took the bait.
But no Dana, the media does not love mass shootings.
You would be better placed spending your time constructing an articulate argument as to why 18-year-olds should be allowed to legally purchase AR-15 military-style assault rifles than taking cheap shots. There would be many much happier reporters across the US, if Florida was the last mass shooting we ever had to cover.
If statistics are anything to go by, sadly it won’t be.”
Statistics. Check out Chicago’s statistics and ask yourself why you don’t cover that? Or Mexico’s mass shootings or Venezuela’s?
You can read the rest for yourself but it’s really just the same sophist nonsense we’ve seen all week. All in all, it’s classic Bolshevism from Pearl – plays the woman because she can’t play the ball. That’s more than likely why they filled half the article with a large portrait photo of Pearl, to make up for the actual lack of substance or argument.
The worst part about it is that Pearl has tried to portray the media somehow as the victims’ in this piece, which is just patently absurd particularly when she has made a conscious decision to pursue a career in journalism, potentially covering horrific events all over the planet.
Pearl tries to make an argument about “what about covering a rapist targeting women in a particular street of a particular neighbourhood?” And do you think that those women would be better off unarmed? I’m sure Jill Meagher took solace in the fact that thank god it wasn’t with a gun.
Further, the statement “articulate arguments for why someone needs an AR15 assault rifle” answers itself when you use deliberately misleading vocabulary and clearly don’t know the subject matter. Perhaps look into why the “why do you need it” argument is inane, authoritarian rubbish?
People also still have many unanswered questions over what happened at Las Vegas considering you covered it, but we’re not holding your breath that you’ll investigate that further with any vigor.
We could spend hours pulling this rant apart, but it’s not really worth it or different to anything else we’ve pointed out about Australian journos and firearms before.
The Australian media have literally spent the last week and a half blaming the oldest civil rights organisation in America for an event it had nothing to do with. It’s spent zero time asking why the Police and FBI did nothing despite to prevent the preventable the multitude of warnings. It’s spent zero time grilling Sheriff Israel. It’s also spent zero time talking about how CNN was handing out scripted questions and basically ambushed Loesch in a very one-sided town hall.
However, Dana Loesch absolutely knocked it out of the park on CNN in a biased, scripted, hostile environment. Here’s her follow-up speech at CPAC which got Lizzie all triggered:
Articulate, confident and professional – a world apart from Pearl’s rant.
It could also be the fact that the media are clearly using kids to push a pre-defined gun control agenda which is the absolute refuge of a scoundrel, but that’s not surprising considering the Australian media has had 21 years of practice already with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.
We’re all up for debate on Australia’s or the United States’ gun laws but the question really is, are you in the media? Patterns of behaviour generally indicate no.
On that, one of your colleagues Brett MacLeod certainly knows how to have a civil debate on firearms. Watch and learn:
That’s how it’s done.
More of that and less of the rants please.