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?
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.
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
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.
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