St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Stacy Washington practiced her First Amendment right recently. She wrote an opinion column defending the NRA from comparisons to ISIS (a comparison many liberals love to make).
One week later, she found herself suspended from her job.
Not taking any of the paper’s [email protected], she turned around and quit.
Washington’s column entitled “Guns and Media”, was a response to an anti-NRA article claiming that since more Americans die from guns than ISIS, the NRA was a greater threat.
Well, Washington shut them down really quick!
“[W]hen has a member of the NRA ever decapitated, set on fire, tossed from a rooftop or otherwise terrorized another American? The linkage is not only rife with improper context; it is false on its face,” Washington wrote in her column, which also decried the lack of conservatives in U.S. newsrooms. “This failure to represent the opposing, especially conservative, view is an increasingly apparent deficit in the news reporting apparatus in our country.”
The paper claimed she wasn’t suspended for the column itself but for failing to disclose she has on occasion done some unpaid promotional work for the NRA, including some appearances on NRA TV.
Does that sound like a reasonable reason to you?
“Her active promotional activities and professional association with the National Rifle Association represented an unacceptable conflict of interest in her most recent column, which resulted in our suspension of her work,” Tod Robberson, the Post-Dispatch’s editorial page editor, wrote in a response to Washington’s suspension and quitting.
Robberson added: “Columnists are expected to fully disclose conflicts of interest when writing about topics where such a conflict might arise. We apply this standard regardless of the lobbying or advocacy group being written about in a column.”
This is complete BS! Liberals are allowed to donate to Democrats left and right, never having to disclose any of that info to the public. But when it comes to conservatives, if they leave even one “i” undotted, get out the pitchforks!
She was writing her OPINION!
And she let everyone know what she thought via Twitter.
— Stacy Washington (@StacyOnTheRight) May 1, 2017
“What they’re losing, according to their own readers, is the juxtaposition between what their current editorial side is putting out, which is coming from the Democratic side, from the left, and then someone on the right,” Washington told the Riverfront Times.
“I’m not ashamed that I’m an NRA supporter, a Bible-thumper, that I love Jesus Christ. I’m all the way out there. There’s nothing else that I can do to articulate my perspective any more clearly on where I stand.”
h/t Allen B West