Black conservative journalist in trouble over NRA & ISIS

A black conservative columnist has been suspended for admonishing an op-ed article that went so far as to speak about the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the same vein as ISIS.

Stacy Washington, the founder of StacyOnTheRight.com and columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, verified on Twitter April 30 that she was suspended from the publication for writing a column viewed as favorable to the NRA.

In her piece, titled “Guns and the media,” Washington pointed out the tendency of the media to write stories that confirm their existing beliefs when it comes to gun ownership, versus seeking and reporting the truth.

She also called out an op-ed piece by the Missouri School of Journalism professor emeritus, George Kennedy, in which he drew comparisons between NRA members and ISIS members.

“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.”

Washington illustrated the media bias further by writing, “The NRA stood in opposition to the Ku Klux Klan” and that this “rarely makes it into news media characterizations of the organization.”

She focused more on the unseemly ISIS comparison by saying, “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.”

For this, Washington was suspended over the weekend. On Monday, in a “Letter to the Editor” (below), the Post-Dispatch questioned her association with the NRA, saying her advocacy was a conflict of interest.

Washington countered this via Twitter, as well:

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