Digital Content Next (DCN)—the trade group which represents the New York Times—is targeting the NRA, suggesting that the civil rights organization threatened journalists by talking about the left’s propensity for violence in media and in action.
DCN also represents the Associated Press.
According to CNN, DCN’s criticism is as a response to the NRA’s pledge to pull back the covers on liberal elitists in the media.
On August 26, Breitbart News reported that the NRA’s message those elitists is, “We’re coming for you.” The Associated Press quoted the NRA, saying, “The times are burning and the media elites have been caught holding the match.”
The NRA added:
We’ve had it with your narratives, your propaganda, your fake news. We’ve had it with your constant protection of your Democrat overlords, your refusal to acknowledge any truth that upsets the fragile construct that you believe is real life. And we’ve had it with your tone-deaf assertion that you are in any way truth or fact-based journalism. Consider this the shot across your proverbial bow. … In short? We’re coming for you.
DCN’s letter to the NRA says, in part, “The purpose of journalism in the United States is to ‘afflict the powerful.’ This includes large organizations across the political spectrum, including the NRA. Quite frankly, if the NRA didn’t feel some pressure from news organizations like The New York Times, our free press wouldn’t be doing its job, even if you virulently disagree with the coverage.”
In another excerpt from the letter DCN writes:
When you use such incendiary language as ‘we’re coming for you,’ it is our right to suggest in the strongest terms that your behavior is blatantly irresponsible as it may incite violence against journalists. Ninety-nine people out of a hundred would interpret this language as threatening and to suggest otherwise is disingenuous at best and dangerous at worst. Bottom line: It is un-American to threaten journalists.
DCN’s letter comes after a litany of leftist complaints revolving around the NRA’s campaign for truth. For example, Breitbart News reported that California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) described the NRA’s campaign as a call for people to come after politicians. And the women’s march criticized it, saying it was apparently “a direct endorsement of violence against women.”
The Los Angeles Times went so far as to suggest the NRA’s campaign for truth is anti-Jewish.
The Times wrote:
What do Walt Disney Concert Hall, the shiny, stainless-steel Bean sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park and the headquarters of the New York Times have in common?
The short answer is that they all star in a bilious, minute-long video ad released by the National Rifle Assn. at the end of June. The more revealing one is that they were designed by people who are either Jewish (in the case of Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall) or born outside the United States (as with Anish Kapoor’s Bean, an Instagram staple officially called “Cloud Gate,” and Renzo Piano’s New York Times tower).
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.