We Interrupt CPAC 2018 for CNN and their Gun Control Galaxy Quest Moment

by Datechguy | February 22nd, 2018

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We Interrupt CPAC 2018 for CNN and their Gun Control Galaxy Quest Moment


Guy Fleg­man: Did you guys ever watch the show?

Galaxy Quest 1999

Dana Loesch: (com­ment­ing on MSM) Many in legacy media love mass shoot­ings. You guys love it. I’m not say­ing you love the tragedy, I’m say­ing you love the rat­ing Cry­ing white moth­ers are rat­ing gold for you and many of the legacy media in the back notice I said cry­ing white moth­ers, because there are thou­sands of griev­ing black moth­ers in Chicago and you don’t see a CNN town hall for them do you? Where’s the CNN town hall for Chicago? Where’s the CNN town hall for sanc­tu­ary cities? Where was the CNN town hall for Jamil Shaw Sr whose son was mur­dered by some­one who ille­gally entered the coun­try and had been deported repeatedly?

CPAC 2018

One of the prob­lems with being at CPAC is that on occa­sion things hap­pen you need to com­ment on while your busy some­where else.

Today I watched Dana Loesch speak to a crowd that loved her and exco­ri­ate the media that we blog­gers are now sit­ting with while remem­ber­ing the days when Dana was a blog­ger like me an she told the story of CNN and their Panel on guns yes­ter­day and that story reminded me of one of my favorite com­edy sci-​fi movies, Galaxy Quest.

One of my favorite scenes that clas­sic sci-​fi par­ody movie is when the cast, find­ing itself enlisted by an alien race who thinks their TV show is real finds itself on an away mis­sion on a planet to get a Beryl­lium sphere for power.

Said cast, which is joined by one fan of the show who had a bit part on a sin­gle episode, encounter a group of small cute look­ing alien crea­tures in the area which prompts the fol­low­ing exchange

Guy Fleeg­man: I don’t like this. I don’t like this at all.
Gwen DeMarco: They are *so* cute.
Guy Fleeg­man: Sure, they’re cute now, but in a sec­ond they’re gonna get mean, and they’re gonna get ugly some­how, and there’s gonna be a mil­lion more of them.

This per­fectly illus­trates the mind­set of CNN going into last night “Town Hall”.

For sev­eral days since the shoot­ings in Florida the media has played the evil NRA card, the Trump is respon­si­ble card and has used chil­dren trau­ma­tized by tragedy as polit­i­cal props to advance Demo­c­rat prospects in gen­eral and a gun con­trol agenda in particular.

The jewel in the agenda’s crown was to be the CNN Town hall with a bunch of kids from the school and packed to the brim with folks ready to cheer the con­fis­ca­tion of guns and con­demn the NRA. it was going to be the stake in the heart of the NRA’s power and the event that would stop the sud­denly iffy pols for Democ­rats going into the midterms

And then the event actu­ally took place.

Here are some pieces on the event Hotair:

I’m sorry, I know I’m not sup­posed to do this, but I’m not going to lis­ten to that. Sen­a­tor Rubio, it’s hard to look at you and not look down the bar­rel on an AR-​15 and not look at Niko­las Cruz, but the point is: You’re here and there are some peo­ple who are not.”

That comes right at the start of the clip, which is note­wor­thy. This wasn’t the kid work­ing him­self into a lather as he remem­bered the shoot­ing and say­ing some­thing vicious in the heat of the moment that he might regret later. This is the open­ing of his ques­tion to Rubio. It’s obvi­ously a canned line he pre­pared and wanted to squeeze in while he had the chance. He’s grand­stand­ing with the nas­ti­est smear he could think of, know­ing he won’t be crit­i­cized for it.

Don’t think for a sec­ond that law abid­ing gun own­ers whose votes the Democ­rats might need if they want the house back didn’t real­ize what was going on

How­ever you feel about Rubio, though, digest this and don’t for­get it: He wasn’t called a mur­derer because he holds outré, far out of the main­stream opin­ions about gun rights, he was called a mur­derer because he doesn’t. He believes in a con­sti­tu­tional right to own a weapon for self-​defense. He doesn’t believe all semi­au­to­mat­ics should be banned. If that makes him a mur­derer it makes you a mur­derer too. That, in so many words, was the real point of this event, to wave the bloody shirt and indict all law-​abiding gun-​rights sup­port­ers as com­plicit in the attack in Parkland.

Remem­ber that’s Allah­pun­dit the most lib­eral of the Hotair crowd writ­ing this.

News­busters:

After Rubio answered his ques­tion, Kasky began to brow­beat him for the money the NRA donated to his cam­paign, basi­cally insin­u­at­ing he was being bribed. “And this is about peo­ple who are for mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to save us and peo­ple who are against it and pre­fer money. So Sen­a­tor Rubio, can you tell me right now that you will not accept a sin­gle dona­tion from the NRA in the future,” he demanded as the crowd went crazy.

Luck­ily the event was mod­er­ated, sort of

As the ridicu­lous­ness and the crowd noise grew to out­ra­geous pro­por­tions, that was when Tap­per finally stepped in. “Cameron is hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with Sen­a­tor Rubio. Let’s let them talk,” he requested. Basi­cally, Tap­per wouldn’t stop the rad­i­cal left­ist smears against Rubio but he would quiet the crowd to hear more of them.

And remem­ber Tap­per is the fairest they have

Mean­while Dana Loesch who got praise from both sides for how she car­ried her­self also got the CNN “town­hall” treat­ment.

She added that she was “fight­ing for my kids” and “all of you because I don’t want any­one to ever be in this posi­tion again” and, to the ris­ing boos, she cor­rectly empha­sized that it’s “not fed­er­ally required for states to actu­ally report peo­ple who are pro­hib­ited pos­ses­sors, crazy peo­ple, peo­ple who are mur­der­ers” to the NICS database.

After endur­ing a slew of new jeers, Loesch told the NHL arena crowd to “let me answer the ques­tion” twice and “[y]ou can shout me down when I’m fin­ished, but let me answer Emma’s ques­tion.” It was here that some­one shouted, “you’re a mur­derer” at the top of their lungs. Once again, Tap­per did noth­ing to call out this behavior.

Of course there might be a rea­son why CNN let this go on this way:

Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School stu­dent Colton Haab said he was approached by CNN to ask a ques­tion at Wednes­day night’s town hall but decided not to after the net­work gave him a “scripted ques­tion,” quash­ing one he wrote him­self. Haab, a mem­ber of the Junior ROTC shielded stu­dents while the school was under attack from the shooter, said he was going to ask about using vet­er­ans as armed secu­rity guards. (CNN response below.)

CNN had orig­i­nally asked me to write a speech and ques­tions and it ended up being all scripted,” Haab told WPLG-​TV.

Unlike the kids at the event CNN show no hes­i­ta­tion in chal­leng­ing his assertions.

The Daily caller nailed it:

It’s no secret that the peo­ple cheer­ing on these pained and suf­fer­ing stu­dents just hap­pen to share the same polit­i­cal goals (and ene­mies) as the stu­dents. It’s a lot eas­ier to cheer some­body on when they’re skew­er­ing your polit­i­cal oppo­nents as child murderers.

And then we have traf­fic and rat­ings incen­tives for the media, which are to pack­age these teenagers’ hurt and con­fu­sion into seg­ments and clips to be aired over and over again, turn­ing their real pain into real­ity TV for the rest of us.

When CNN exec­u­tives give the order to put emo­tional and vul­ner­a­ble teenagers front and cen­ter all day, do we really think their thought process is guided by what’s best for the teens? Is Jeff Zucker all of a sud­den an altruist?

The more likely and more uncom­fort­able truth is that net­works are putting their own inter­ests first (as net­works tend to do) and ratio­nal­iz­ing it away as a pub­lic ser­vice. You can ratio­nal­ize exploita­tion any way you want to, but it’s still exploitation.

Mean­while in the real world a few peo­ple took note of what was said

That would seem news­wor­thy Tap­per men­tioned this online
More Gutfeld

and then there is this:

and the reac­tions to it:

I think this is going to be the well­stone memo­r­ial on steroids, I think it will have the same effect as the Antifa mobs did, it will tell law­ful gun own­ers that as far as the left is con­cerned they are a bunch of killers and if they get power they will be treated accordingly.

If you wanted to ener­gize the right for this key elec­tion I don’t think CNN could have done a bet­ter job.


DaT­e­chGuy at CPAC 2018 The story so far:

Thurs Feb 22nd

We Inter­rupt CPAC 2018 for CNN and their Gun Con­trol Galaxy Quest Moment

Voices of CPAC 2018: Ron from PA

Wed Feb. 21st

Voices at CPAC 2018 Vicki from Minnesota

Voices at (or near) #cpac2018 Lea from National Asso­ci­a­tion of Devel­op­men­tal Edu­ca­tors We talk Stu­dents and Math

DaT­e­chGuy at CPAC 2018 The Calm Before the Storm and What I’ll be Asking

If you don’t want to wait or my blog posts to see my inter­views my youtube chan­nel is here.

Full CPAC 2017 list (for those who feel nos­tal­gic) is here

A reminder I have copies of my Book Hail Mary the per­fect Protes­tant (and Catholic) Prayer avail­able at CPAC with me, price $7 and I will hap­pily sign them for you.

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Guy Flegman: Did you guys ever watch the show?

 

Galaxy Quest 1999

Dana Loesch: (commenting on MSM)  Many in legacy media love mass shootings.  You guys love it.  I’m not saying you love the tragedy, I’m saying you love the rating Crying white mothers are rating gold for you and many of the legacy media in the back   notice I said crying white mothers, because there are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago and you don’t see a CNN town hall for them do you?    Where’s the CNN town hall for Chicago?  Where’s the CNN town hall for sanctuary cities?  Where was the CNN town hall for Jamil  Shaw Sr whose son was murdered by someone who illegally entered the country and had been deported repeatedly?   

CPAC 2018

One of the problems with being at CPAC is that on occasion things happen you need to comment on while your busy somewhere else.

Today I watched Dana Loesch speak to a crowd that loved her and excoriate the media that we bloggers are now sitting with while remembering the days when Dana was a blogger like me an she told the story of CNN and their Panel on guns yesterday and that story reminded me of one of my favorite comedy sci-fi movies, Galaxy Quest.

One of my favorite scenes that classic sci-fi parody movie is when the cast, finding itself enlisted by an alien race who thinks their TV show is real finds itself on an away mission on a planet to get a Beryllium sphere for power.

Said cast, which is joined by one fan of the show who had a bit part on a single episode, encounter a group of small cute looking alien creatures in the area which prompts the following exchange

Guy Fleegman: I don’t like this. I don’t like this at all.
Gwen DeMarco: They are *so* cute.
Guy Fleegman: Sure, they’re cute now, but in a second they’re gonna get mean, and they’re gonna get ugly somehow, and there’s gonna be a million more of them.

This perfectly illustrates the mindset of CNN going into last night “Town Hall”.

For several days since the shootings in Florida the media has played the evil NRA card, the Trump is responsible card and has used children traumatized by tragedy as political props to advance Democrat prospects in general and a gun control agenda in particular.

The jewel in the agenda’s crown was to be the CNN Town hall with a bunch of kids from the school and packed to the brim with folks ready to cheer the confiscation of guns and condemn the NRA. it was going to be the stake in the heart of the NRA’s power and the event that would stop the suddenly iffy pols for Democrats going into the midterms

And then the event actually took place.

Here are some pieces on the event  Hotair:

I’m sorry, I know I’m not supposed to do this, but I’m not going to listen to that. Senator Rubio, it’s hard to look at you and not look down the barrel on an AR-15 and not look at Nikolas Cruz, but the point is: You’re here and there are some people who are not.”

That comes right at the start of the clip, which is noteworthy. This wasn’t the kid working himself into a lather as he remembered the shooting and saying something vicious in the heat of the moment that he might regret later. This is the opening of his question to Rubio. It’s obviously a canned line he prepared and wanted to squeeze in while he had the chance. He’s grandstanding with the nastiest smear he could think of, knowing he won’t be criticized for it.

Don’t think for a second that law abiding gun owners whose votes the Democrats might need if they want the house back didn’t realize what was going on

However you feel about Rubio, though, digest this and don’t forget it: He wasn’t called a murderer because he holds outre, far out of the mainstream opinions about gun rights, he was called a murderer because he doesn’t. He believes in a constitutional right to own a weapon for self-defense. He doesn’t believe all semiautomatics should be banned. If that makes him a murderer it makes you a murderer too. That, in so many words, was the real point of this event, to wave the bloody shirt and indict all law-abiding gun-rights supporters as complicit in the attack in Parkland.

Remember that’s Allahpundit the most liberal of the Hotair crowd writing this.

Newsbusters:

After Rubio answered his question, Kasky began to browbeat him for the money the NRA donated to his campaign, basically insinuating he was being bribed. “And this is about people who are for making a difference to save us and people who are against it and prefer money. So Senator Rubio, can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA in the future,” he demanded as the crowd went crazy.

Luckily the event was moderated, sort of

As the ridiculousness and the crowd noise grew to outrageous proportions, that was when Tapper finally stepped in. “Cameron is having a conversation with Senator Rubio. Let’s let them talk,” he requested. Basically, Tapper wouldn’t stop the radical leftist smears against Rubio but he would quiet the crowd to hear more of them.

And remember Tapper is the fairest they have

Meanwhile Dana Loesch who got praise from both sides for how she carried herself also got the CNN “townhall” treatment.

She added that she was “fighting for my kids” and “all of you because I don’t want anyone to ever be in this position again” and, to the rising boos, she correctly emphasized that it’s “not federally required for states to actually report people who are prohibited possessors, crazy people, people who are murderers” to the NICS database.

 

After enduring a slew of new jeers, Loesch told the NHL arena crowd to “let me answer the question” twice and “[y]ou can shout me down when I’m finished, but let me answer Emma’s question.” It was here that someone shouted, “you’re a murderer” at the top of their lungs. Once again, Tapper did nothing to call out this behavior.

Of course there might be a reason why CNN let this go on this way:

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Colton Haab said he was approached by CNN to ask a question at Wednesday night’s town hall but decided not to after the network gave him a “scripted question,” quashing one he wrote himself. Haab, a member of the Junior ROTC shielded students while the school was under attack from the shooter, said he was going to ask about using veterans as armed security guards. (CNN response below.)

“CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted,” Haab told WPLG-TV.

Unlike the kids at the event CNN show no hesitation in challenging his assertions.

The Daily caller nailed it:

It’s no secret that the people cheering on these pained and suffering students just happen to share the same political goals (and enemies) as the students. It’s a lot easier to cheer somebody on when they’re skewering your political opponents as child murderers.

And then we have traffic and ratings incentives for the media, which are to package these teenagers’ hurt and confusion into segments and clips to be aired over and over again, turning their real pain into reality TV for the rest of us.

When CNN executives give the order to put emotional and vulnerable teenagers front and center all day, do we really think their thought process is guided by what’s best for the teens? Is Jeff Zucker all of a sudden an altruist?

The more likely and more uncomfortable truth is that networks are putting their own interests first (as networks tend to do) and rationalizing it away as a public service. You can rationalize exploitation any way you want to, but it’s still exploitation.

Meanwhile in the real world a few people took note of what was said

That would seem newsworthy Tapper mentioned this online
More Gutfeld

and then there is this:

and the reactions to it:

I think this is going to be the wellstone memorial on steroids, I think it will have the same effect as the Antifa mobs did, it will tell lawful gun owners that as far as the left is concerned they are a bunch of killers and if they get power they will be treated accordingly.

If you wanted to energize the right for this key election I don’t think CNN could have done a better job.


DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The story so far:

Thurs Feb 22nd

We Interrupt CPAC 2018 for CNN and their Gun Control Galaxy Quest Moment

Voices of CPAC 2018: Ron from PA

Wed Feb. 21st

Voices at CPAC 2018 Vicki from Minnesota

Voices at (or near) #cpac2018 Lea from National Association of Developmental Educators We talk Students and Math

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The Calm Before the Storm and What I’ll be Asking

If you don’t want to wait or my blog posts to see my interviews my youtube channel is here.

Full CPAC 2017 list (for those who feel nostalgic) is here

A reminder I have copies of my Book Hail Mary the perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer available at CPAC with me, price $7 and I will happily sign them for you.

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