USA Today Gives Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America the Microphone. Literally.

USA Today is as anti-gun as they come. To be fair, the McPaper sometimes gives the pro-gun side column equal time in dueling editorials, including me. But most of the time USA Today has no interest in being fair. This video piece and printed article on Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s visit to Capitol Hill highlights the editors’ willingness to bias their reports for the bloody shirt wavers seeking civilian disarmament – regardless of the fact that the empress has no clothes. For example . . .

the headline: Moms flock to Capitol Hill to demand gun control. How many Moms makes a flock, pray tell? The video says “more than 100.” I’m not seeing it, you? What I am seeing: a reporter who hands Shannon and her minions the microphone and lets them make pronouncements, rather than respond to interviews. That’s not what I – or any self-respecting member of the profession – call journalism. It’s what I call unfiltered anti-gun agitprop.

“In an effort to rally more support, members of the group have been hosting house parties in their home states, trying to get their neighbors to join in.” The operative word there is “trying.” How many house parties did MDA hold, exactly? While it would be difficult to verify that fact, the question needs asking. Because the critical factor about MDA is this: its size. MDA’s importance depends on its popular support. Truth be told, relatively speaking, it doesn’t have any. That said . . .

I understand that, like sex, size is only one factor amongst many. All voices deserve to be heard. But all voices deserve to be heard in context. And skepticism is a journalist’s default position – no matter what side of an issue they’re addressing. Reporting like this is lazy, unfair and unacceptable. It’s the reason the “legacy media” is losing ground against newcomers. And thank God for that.

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  1. avatar mushdogs says:

    I’m hearing that Jack in the Box caved to pressure from Mommies Demand Whatever and has banned open carry in their restaurants. Anyone else heard this?

    1. avatar Sean N says:

      I have yet to see anything from JIB themselves, all I have seen is a quote posted by MDA. JITB has issued no press release I could find. Not to say they didn’t, but I looked pretty hard last night.

      And the quote mentioned a preference, not a ban.

      1. avatar Hannibal says:

        Certainly seems in line with MDA ‘victories.’

        1. avatar Another Robert says:

          Yeah, they are still going on about their great Facebook coup.

      2. avatar mushdogs says:

        I got it as an unsourced rumor. Thanks for the clarification. Hadn’t seen it anywhere reliable.

    2. avatar dwb says:

      I read on bearing arms mommies demand made the whole thing up, the security guard is quoted as saying no one hid in the freezer.

    3. avatar ready,fire,aim says:

      Question…who the hell eats jack in the box?…..

      1. avatar dwb says:

        the burgers (e. coli) are a lot more dangerous than any OC patrons!

        1. avatar Another Robert says:

          I’m afraid you’re on to something there, at last as to our local representative.

    4. avatar Chas says:

      People are responding to the Jack in the Box Facebook page as though they have banned carry from their restaurants.

      No big loss there, because I’ve never been a Crap in the Box customer.

      1. avatar Rick says:

        Yeah, I gave decided to ’em a miss after seeing commercial that featured Rodney Allen Rippy mumbling around a mouthful of something he called a “jummo-jack.” Something about that commercial gags me to this day.

        And thanks for reading USSA Today so I don’t have to.

    5. avatar DrVino says:

      That is apparently not the case:

      gunrightsacrossamerica.org/index.php/blogs/35-daniel-silverman

      “While we respect the rights of all of our guests, we would prefer that guests not bring their guns inside our restaurants.” – Brian Luscomb, VP, Corporate Communications Jack in the Box

      1. avatar Ross says:

        That’s the Starbucks approach “we prefer that guests not bring guns in” that’s not a ban.

    6. avatar Vhyrus says:

      I walked into a JB last week and there were no signs, so either its an unwritten ban (as in they will tell you to leave once you walk in) or it’s unfounded. Considering that JB is entirely a southern chain, I would think they would take that into consideration when enacting any sort of policy like that.

      1. avatar mushdogs says:

        I agree that they should think hard on it before making an outright ban. They aren’t an entirely southern chain. 20 some-odd states and west coast based.

      1. avatar pubicus says:

        Fast Breaking News:
        Joke In The Box Pawned by Former Monsanto PR Hack and Faux News Repeaters:

        http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/texas-moms-demand-action-statement-on-intimidating-and-aggressive-open-carry-at-dallasfort-worth-home-depot-and-jack-in-the-box-257923091.html

        New CEO vows to learn lessons of history:
        :http://en.wi#kipedia.org/wiki/1993_Jack_in_the_Box_E._coli_outbreak

        In other news Nanny Bloomberg Nominates USATODAY social media intern with crazy skilz for Pulitzer Prize.

      2. avatar pubicus says:

        PoliceOne cites fast fingers of dedicated Ft Worth PR Spokeswoman Sgt Raygun Bush for remote detection of terroristic GunBullies herding frightened employees into meat cooler at local food hotspot.

        UPDATE: Ft Worth PD announces new rural bike patrol route to be manned by Comunity Services Officer You Can Call Me Ray Bush.

  2. avatar Ralph says:

    “Legacy media,” as in outdated, outmoded and incompetent? Yeah, that’s about right.

  3. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    ok – having done my share of lobbying work and running around the halls of Congress, that crowd was maybe 60-70 people, including kids, reporters, and Hill staffers sent by their masters to meet and greet the crowd. Telling is that THERE ARE NO VIDEO/PICS OF ANY POLITICIANS!!! See, members of Congress have those special lapel pins that let them bypass security. Didn’t see any. Also, what happened on May 7th? See the Diggler was in DC that day for business meetings. Ummm, hmm, oh yeah, the House voted to hold Lois Lerner in contempt. Maybe that was why no one from Congress was around? Not even Pelosi. Do the math.

    Further, I like the montage of the (un)Milfs in that dark paneled conf. room showing them chatting and texting and stuffing their faces (some need to re-think the grazing concept). Well, that room is a “holding” room near the entrance. It was designed for when there is a media “event”, really, any event. Nothing special about being there, and more importantly . . . .THERE WAS NO FRICKIN’ MEDIA COVERAGE IN THE DC AREA ABOUT THEM!!! Yes, the (self-)important Moms Demanding Action didn’t get any action from the local media, which should have made them feel real comfortable and at home. . . . . Did Shannon organize this? Does she understand how this sh!t works? Better yet, did she get to ride the private train for members of Congress? I have several times and I bet her cattle crowd walked in the front door, had 30 min of rah rah and then out and back to their a/c controlled bus . . . . and Shannon went back by town car to a private airport where Bloomy’s lear jet was ready to whisk his baby home. . . . . marinate on that.

    1. avatar rlc says:

      Legends in their own minds

  4. avatar dh34 says:

    Like Dirk, I was on the hill too this week and kept my eyes open for them. I saw gaggles from damn near every interest group but didnt see #monsantomommy or any of the straphangers anywhere…

    1. avatar 40&2000 says:

      I saw a group of 5-6 of them near the supreme court when I was walking to the train station. One of them
      Was smoking and it took a lot I restraint to give her hell about how many people smoking kills.

  5. avatar Charles says:

    Ok Shannon, lets start with you, tell your body guards to disarm… Yea I didn’t think you would.

    Sorry but you’d get more “Action” by going to a bingo game!

    A unarmed society is an unsafe society, get it through that thick head of yours.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      She knows that, but must press on, because … $50 MILLION!!!

      1. avatar Charles says:

        Yea, If she wants to spend 50 million to waste people’s time, I guess that’s ok, but it sure could be put to better use. 🙂

  6. avatar Jay in Florida says:

    I have nothing to add other then UGHHHHHHHH.
    We need one someone with a few bucks to make as much noise as Im reading here.
    Other then the media.
    I feel we give them too much print here too.
    Even though they actually be reading this.
    Don’t they relies that out of a few big city environments.
    Most Americans don’t want nor need any more gun control.
    Nor are they even interested.
    Gang bangers killing other gang bangers is a good thing in my book.
    I read today 59% of Connecticut’s people are already regretting the new laws there and want them undone. They have a whopping 32% approval rate.
    Most of NY state is the same way.
    Besides NYC and its suburbs.
    No one in NY wants any part of the Safe Act and the law is ignoring it out of the NYC area..
    Over a million have said screw you to Andy, and his weapons ban.
    Hes done next election cycle.
    What the American people want is criminal control.
    Stop the revolving door and warehouse the bastards for ever.
    Who is listening to a bunch of hot air from a few dozen bored housewives with enormous egos, besides the media that no one also pays any attention to anymore.
    They actually think the people care about what they saying???
    If I didn’t see it here.
    I too still wouldn’t care.

    1. avatar Fler says:

      Unfortunately, the gangbangers also hit innocent people who happen to live in their neighborhoods.

      1. avatar Jay in Florida says:

        Unfortunately there will always be the innocent bystanders.
        Did you read this weeks gun related shootings in Chicago this week alone??
        Crap happens to the innocent.
        But when non criminal use is used by groups like MOMs as part of their statistics.
        I tend to look the other way.
        Same with suicides,
        Take the gun out of the equation.
        They might use a hammer instead.
        There are actually around 7500 deaths a year contributed to real gun violence.
        I do know 1 is 1 too many.

        I know Im being cynical at this point.
        But as long as we have more children drown in pools then killed by incidental gang related gunfire.
        I don’t hear or see anyone calling for banning pools..
        Yes Im a cynic at this point.
        Real numbers don’t match the lies these women tell as facts.

        1. avatar Fler says:

          You’re preaching to the choir, friend. I agree with you and in no way meant that gangbanger’s victimization of their neighbors should infringe on our rights. I was simply stating that in addition to taking each other out, they also harm others.

          Obviously, whats in our safes have nothing to do with that, no matter how much the anti shills suggest otherwise.

        2. avatar Marilyn says:

          You don’t seem anybody coming to take our cars away from us as a result of all the people drunk drivers kill, or people who are texting and driving. And nearly ALL of these incidents are committed by people who weren’t supposed to have a gun, not the ones who are responsible and have them legally—they never want to point THAT out…

      2. avatar Cliff H says:

        Saw a great bumper sticker in L.A. awhile back:

        HELP STOP GANG CRIME!
        Shoot back.

        Says it all.

        1. avatar Accur81 says:

          Nice.

  7. avatar Dev says:

    Why don’t we organize TTAG rallies in all 50 states, just a bunch of fans and participants of this website, just to show everyone what real numbers look like?

    1. avatar Jay in Florida says:

      I for one try to educate folks on a daily basis.

    2. avatar Chuck in IL says:

      Part of that problem is that we are productive working members of society. Who has time to go to a rally? I know stuff like that is important. I try to make the IGOLD rally in Springfield IL every year, but time off is hard, coordinating time off is harder.

  8. avatar Tim says:

    But still, 2xITB.

  9. avatar LarryinTX says:

    Dirk, you see the way she’s holding that mike …?

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      He missed that–he was fixated on Robert’s line “the empress has no clothes.”

      1. avatar Another Robert says:

        I new someone would catch that and call Dirk on it–surprised it’s this far down the thread… 😉

  10. avatar George Prudden says:

    Now there’s some hard-hitting journalism.

    Fluff your pillow, sir?

    No wonder USA Today is pushed under your hotel-room door for free.

  11. avatar Cliff H says:

    No one has commented on their portable paper-roll backdrop. Notice how it conveniently shows the logos for Moms Demand Action, Mayors Against Illegal Guns AND Everytown for Gun Safety. Talk about fluffing! It is an obvious (and crude) media attempt to make a single organization (Michael Bloomberg) appear larger than it really is. I’m pretty sure the member roster for each of those organizations contains exactly the same names.

  12. avatar Accur81 says:

    I didn’t see a YouTube link – otherwise I would comment and “dislike” the video.

    1. avatar Another Robert says:

      Don’t worry–the 2A viewpoint was bountifully represented at the USA Today page where this vid was displayed.

  13. avatar Dogman says:

    Microphone to MDA equals “money talks”. No, there’s no real grassroots groundswell of support for them but with Bloomy’s billions, they are guaranteed of a forum in the media.

  14. avatar Jake Tallman says:

    RF, I think you turned Dirk into a slobbering, furiously masturbating mess with your line, “the empress has no clothes”….

    1. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

      Skeet Skeet Skeet

  15. avatar Sbk510 says:

    “Suck yo dick some mo, Missuh Bloombug, suh?”

    1. avatar New Continental Army says:

      Another round of Moms Demand Anal.

  16. avatar brentondadams says:

    I went to USA Today (McPaper, that’s a good one) looking for this content and I couldn’t find it. I mean its not on the ‘front page’ any where.

    Another day in paradise I guess….

  17. avatar cubby123 says:

    Clueless and completely ignorant

  18. avatar Lfshtr says:

    Jack in the box and Starbucks are on my shit list anyway, could and can be more. We need a directory of those shits so we don’t give them our time nor money. In fact I go to a great chicken place chick-o-lay (spl), don’t laugh I’m not much at watching signs.

    1. avatar Marilyn says:

      We need to lay on the pressure like we all did with the hostility over Duck Dynasty…. Every time I come across this kind of stupidity, I get the email addresses and phone numbers for these people, email them to all my friends so they will get involved and send something too…

  19. avatar NYC2AZ says:

    Every time I see Mrs. Monsanto talk, I wonder if she’s contemplating the grandfather paradox… then I realize that she’s probably straining to remember the last time she got a check from Bloomberg.

  20. avatar Shooting Kitten says:

    You were discussing the size of MDA. W3snoop.com gives data on web site traffic, among other data. This is interesting.

    momsdemandaction.org 954 visitors per day
    everytown.org 2,660 visitors per day
    NRA.org 50,016 visitors per day
    GUNS.com 102,996 visitors per day
    TheTruthAboutGuns.com 126,188 visitors per day.

    N
    o, the gun grabbers have no interest outside the media.

  21. avatar Peter says:

    I stopped paying attention to USA Today back in the 80″s when they ran an “article” on high capacity 9MM pistols.
    Every one finished with a phrase like:”popular with gang bangers” or “preferred by drug dealers”.
    Just your standard objective reporting from any left wing rag.

  22. avatar Chuck in IL says:

    “Reporting like this is lazy, unfair and unacceptable. It’s the reason the “legacy media” is losing ground against newcomers. And thank God for that.”

    True enough. They still drive the news though, and we can’t forget that.They invent the narrative, they drive the narrative, and we spend time and energy debunking the narrative. Though we are usually right , and usually disprove their lies, we all know how lies travel.

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