Journalist Who Defended NRA Quits After Being Suspended By Liberal Newspaper
A journalist who was suspended by the extremely biased, ctrl-left St. Louis Post-Dispatch after she defended the National Rifle Association from comparisons to ISIS, fired back with her resignation and a series of targeted tweets.
The newspaper suspended Stacy Washington on Friday after a story entitled “Guns and the Media” disputed an anti-NRA article that argued falsely that since more Americans die from guns than from ISIS, the National Rifle Association is the greater danger to American lives. Never mind that ISIS is not a problem within the United States boundaries.
“[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 St. Louis Post-Dispatch immediately started back-peddling and claimed that Washington was not suspended for the views expressed in her column, but for failing to disclose her promotional work and professional affiliation with the NRA—if they had known they would never have hired her in the first place. Washington has appeared several times as a co-host and commentator on “Cam & Company” on NRA TV and contributed to an NRA documentary in August 2016. However, she has never been paid by the NRA.
“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.” Why, being a member of the National Rifle Association, is a conflict of interest in working for a news paper is a mystery.
Following her suspension last Friday, Washington launched a Twitter attack at her hateful, biased Post-Dispatch editors, insisting she is not a paid “shill” for the NRA and noting the irony of a column calling out the lack of conservatives in the mainstream media getting a conservative suspended from a mainstream newspaper.
— 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.”