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Friday, December 28, 2012
NewsBusters Obsesses Over David Gregory's Gun Magazine, Ignores Dick Armey's Gunman
Topic: NewsBusters

NewsBusters has been a bit obsessed over NBC's David Gregory displaying a high-capacity magazine for an assault rifle during a recent edition of "Meet the Press," in apparent violation of law in Washington, D.C, where the show is taped:

  • Tom Blumer wrote that "it would also be interesting to know if Gregory's possession of an AR-15 magazine or his showing it on the air violated any of NBC's corporate policies." He later chortled that Gregory "is under investigation by the Washington, DC Metro Police in connection with his apparent brandishing" of the magazine.
  • Blumer later discussed "the latest turns of events in the David Gregory Meet the Press magazine brandishing incident."
  • Matt Hadro complained that Howard Kurtz came to Gregory's defense over the "stunt."

But there has been no mention at NewsBusters or any other Media Research Center website of a Washington Post story about rampant infighting at the right-wing group FreedomWorks. The article begins with an account of how FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey entered the offices with a gun-wielding assistant with the goal of taking control of the group:

Richard K. Armey, the group’s chairman and a former House majority leader, walked into the group’s Capitol Hill offices with his wife, Susan, and an aide holstering a handgun at his waist. The aim was to seize control of the group and expel Armey’s enemies: The gun-wielding assistant escorted FreedomWorks’ top two employees off the premises, while Armey suspended several others who broke down in sobs at the news.

Gregory brought only a magazine without a gun attached. Armey brought an actual guy with an actual gun. And the MRC is more concerned about Gregorty? Shouldn't they also be asking if Armey violated the law as well?

(Armey has denied knowing that his assistant had a gun on him, and that if he did, it was concealed.)

The MRC giving a pass to a right-wing activist for possible gun violations while bashing a non-conservative for committing a less henious offense is par for the course. Remember that MRC chief Brent Bozell couldn't be bothered to offer any substantive criticism of Rush Limbaugh's misogynistic tirades and even launched an "I Stand With Rush" website in response to the criticism he was afraid to make.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:30 PM EST

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