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Stacy Washington, a black conservative columnist for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, took to social media over the weekend to announce that she has been suspended for writing a column seen as favorable to the National Rifle Association.

In the piece titled, “Guns and the media,” Washington points to “the homogeneity of America’s newsrooms” when it comes to gun owners and called out Missouri School of Journalism professor emeritus George Kennedy for speaking of NRA members in the same breath as Islamic State terrorists in an op-ed piece.

Amusing. NRA members committed none of the gun crimes that he mentioned in his article. When inner-city residents complain of crime in their neighborhoods or decry the lack of adequate policing, the NRA or its membership are never mentioned. The NRA does not advocate for felons to own guns, nor is it NRA policy to seek to lower the legal age to own a firearm. To describe their activities in this manner is to slander the organization. Would the Missourian open its op-ed section for an NRA response?

To further illustrate the ridiculous nature of Kennedy’s comparison, when 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. Yet the Missourian saw fit to publish it without question, I believe, because it suits the ideological bent of the opinion editor.

 

In pointing out the confirmation bias in the media when it comes to gun ownership, Washington shared that “the NRA stood in opposition to the Ku Klux Klan” and how this “rarely makes it into news media characterizations of the organization.”

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But the crux of her effort seemed to be to say “we should be appalled to see neighbors with whom we work, attend church, people who have children defending this country through military service — in other words, good decent people — portrayed in the same light as demonic murderers for the simple act of owning a firearm.”

And for that, Washington was suspended… a sad reality she confirmed in response to an inquiry on Twitter:

Washington, founder of StacyOnTheRight.com, also countered a “Letter to the Editor” published by the Post-Dispatch questioning her relationship with the NRA, implying she is a paid “shill.”

And in a show of just how much spunk Washington embodies, she was not above criticizing the newspaper she writes for:

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The aforementioned “Letter to the Editor” was published on Monday, three days after Washington said she was suspended. The Post-Dispatch included no updates on her status.

Tom Tillison

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