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Monday, December 24, 2012
NewsBusters' Double Standard on Likening People to Terrorists
Topic: NewsBusters

The hypocrisy at the Media Research Center truly knows no bounds.

In a Dec. 23 NewsBusters post, Tim Graham complains that a gun-control advocate likened "gun-rights advocates" to terrorists and that NPR host Terry Gross "explicitly comparing the war on terror to the government’s war on gun rights." Not that Graham can name any actual concrete proposal by the government that would qualify as a "war on gun rights."

Then, the very next day -- the very next day! -- Tom Blumer likens journalists to terrorists:

What similarities are there between a domestic terrorist organization and the alleged journalists at the Journal News headquartered in White Plains, New York? At least two biggies: total lack of respect for privacy and complete disregard for others' safety.

Blumer is upset that a New York newspaper published a map of concealed-carry permit holders in its area, claiming that it "Gives criminals an easy roadmap for identifying homes from which they might steal guns" and "identifies who doesn't have 'pistols' as targets who will likely be less able to resist robbery, assault, or worse, both at home and especially in public." Blumer does concede, however, that this information was already public before the newspaper published it.

So, essentially, Blumer is calling a newspaper a terrorist organization for publishing publicly available information. But you already knew that the MRC is an anti-media organization.

If it was bad for Terry Gross and her guests to invoke terrorism, why is it OK for Blumer to do so, just a few posts away from where his rhetorical device was denounced?

Posted by Terry K. at 5:29 PM EST

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