The Trace Gets Out the Begging Bowl

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the Daddy Warbucks behind the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex. In 2017, the anti-ballistic billionaire bully boy pledged $50 million to promote gun control. Without Bloomie’s multiple millions paying for professional organizers, it’s doubtful that Washington and Nevada’s “universal background check” bills would have ever seen the light of day. Bloomberg cash also supports The Trace, a pseudo-journalistic enterprise dedicated to cloaking anti-gun agitprop in mainstream media respectability. In their most recent email blast, they declare . . .

America’s Gun Violence Crisis Isn’t Letting Up. Neither Are Our ReportersA self-congratulatory pat on the back? Well, yes. But wait! There’s more! Or, if you’re the mainstream media, less! Less money.

Now more than ever, it’s vital that the toll of everyday gun violence receives the in-depth coverage that traditional media organizations can’t afford. When the powers ushering in new norms include businesses and advocates with an agenda of normalizing guns in ever more public spaces, it’s crucial to have reporters digging into gun companies’ marketing tactics and dragging the gun lobby’s machinations into the sunlight. Amid inaction by lawmakers, there’s big value in assessing grassroots solutions and holding local leaders accountable for their performance in reducing shootings.

So The Trace is spending Bloomberg’s pocket change creating and disseminating the anti-gun spin the mainstream media can’t afford? I’m not entirely sure about Executive Editor James Burnett’s cash-strapped MSM hypothesis, but OK. And for the sake of brevity we’ll ignore the irony of billionaire Bloomberg’s brainchild talking about “grassroots solutions.”

Can I return to my regularly scheduled anti-gun animus now? Apparently not.

The Trace is here to help make sure that people have the facts on American gun violence — but as an independent, nonprofit newsroom, we need your support. On this Giving Tuesday, please consider funding our reporting with a tax-deductible donation.

Wait. What? Has Michael Bloomberg — he of the moribund Mayors Against Illegal Guns, not to mention the $42 billion net worth — abandoned another gun control baby? Or is The Trace just looking for some cream on top of Mike’s milk of human kindness?

We shall see. Meanwhile, The Trace’s begging bowl reminds me of Donald Trump’s forgotten pledge to self-fund his presidential campaign. One can only hope that The Trace’s benefactor’s anti-gun ADD will leave his propaganda machine where it would have been without his financial support. Nowhere.

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  1. avatar MLee says:

    Yeah well, he’ll be 75 years old this coming February. Let’s all wish him well.

  2. avatar Ralph says:

    Do you always have to plant some anti-Trump snark in an article that has nothing to do with Trump? It’s like you have Trump Tourettes or something.

    1. avatar James says:

      Lighten up Francis.

      1. avatar Mike Reno says:

        Original burn, James

  3. avatar TyrannyOfEvilMen says:

    Honestly, I can’t believe supporting The Trace costs all that much. If Bloomberg decides to spend his money on gold shoelaces or whatever, I’m sure a Soros or a Pelosi or a Clinton Foundation donating Saudi king would be happy to foot the bill.

    After all, if nothing else, their mailing list would be useful for the next leftist false flag cause.

    1. avatar Kendahl says:

      I’ve read that donations to the Clinton Foundation have dried up now that she isn’t going to be President.

  4. avatar C.S. says:

    If I could pay The Trace just $0.01 via credit card, I would.

  5. avatar Skinnedknuckles says:

    If donations are tax deductible, then they were able to get past the IRS minefield. Could they possibly be a 501(c)3? Given how they push their message, are they susceptible to a charge of violating the IRS regulations?

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Leftist orgs doing illegal things = no IRS violation.

      Right wing orgs applying for tax exemption = IRS violation.

      Get it?

      1. avatar HP says:

        For now….wait a few months and let’s reexamine this.

  6. avatar bLoving says:

    No pizza money for them.

  7. avatar CTstooge says:

    “Mike’s Milk?” Yeesh.

  8. avatar Matt says:

    He,Bloomberg, tried his shenanigans here in Maine but fortunately it was voted down.

  9. avatar No one of consequence says:

    May God keep Mr. Bloomberg safe and well … away from me. Or at least the ballot box.

  10. avatar FedUp says:

    Since when are political contributions “tax-deductible”???

  11. avatar pete says:

    Makes sense, that propaganda shop is useless as teats on a bull now. The window of what the public perceives as normal, and what is legislatively possible has shifted to where their ostensibly balanced message is a fart in the wind. Let it out to fend for itself like an unwanted, un-cared-for pet.

  12. avatar Ropingdown says:

    Bloomberg is many things, but certainly “stupid” isn’t one of them. His minions pushing absurd little measures to handcuff the second amendment won’t be worth the ballots they aren’t printed on in another two years.

    First the presidential election, then Castro: What’s next? I win the lottery?

  13. avatar A Brit in TX says:

    I think they’re doing this to portray themselves as some sort of grass roots organization battling valiantly against the ‘evil gun lobby’.

    If it becomes well known amongst those that have sympathy for their cause that mighty billionaire Bloomberg is the driving force behind them, they will lose support from those folks.

  14. avatar william chandler says:

    Never a word about mind altering SSRI drugs.
    These things did not happen when Mayberry & Andy Griffith were on TV and morality and ethics were the message being broadcast….. it is the “LIBERAL” glorifying of anti-social behavior that did it.
    It is the LIBERAL MSM & Entertaiment. Movies & Video Games, that romanticize violence without consequences. You can thank them for what this society has become. They do it through the music and hollywood to influence the young and few realize it. They weep and moan even as they PROFIT off of violence.
    They own the record labels that push the trash music with insanely violent lyrics. The violence promoting video “games”.
    They own hollywood that pushes movies with empty agendas, vapid communist political ideas, the worship the state mentality. They broadcast “Jerry Springer” and similar spume that break down social norms and Family Life and teach the masses that incest and infidelity are ordinary and permissible.
    They own the news that glorifies these heinous acts to inspire other weak minded individuals to seek immortality through murder.
    We do not have a gun problem, we have a termite problem in this Republic. They as a group are doing the same shit here to us that they’ve been forceably ejected from other countries countless times for doing the same there.
    Why let the MSM that is the cause of the violence ,,,,, set the discourse ?
    The MSM IS the cause of the violence.
    the LIBERALs are the factor behind school shootings. They demanded that every type of aberrant & abnormal behavior be accepted and “normalized” .
    http://govtslaves.info/2018/03/legal-opioids-have-killed-hundreds-of-thousands-as-big-pharma-bribes-politicians-to-ignore-it/ More than 200,000 Americans have died from prescription opioid overdoses since 1999 and as the epidemic continues, it raises serious questions about why the United States government has failed to stop it in the last 20 years. According to a recent report, many influential politicians are receiving incentives from drug manufacturers to, in essence, look the other way.
    It is not “GUN” violence it is MSM-PROFITEER violence. It is the MSM CULTURE of Violence.
    It is the deliberate destruction of the CULTURE that is at fault. Now who has been corroding Christian values for decades? Who has been PROFITING off glorifying violence? Who has been “teaching” that you can commit murder with NO Consequences?
    CULTURAL VIOLENCE
    Who has polluted the American “Mayberry” culture with “THUG GANGSTA” songs, games, movies, that glorify violence and promote violence with NO consequences, as the ONLY way to deal with problems?! Yes, WHO ?
    8 minutes of truth http://www.kentuckynewera.com/multimedia/video/news/youtube_c2674705-960f-52ed-b8d8-9d2c34d514e4.html
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-20/merchants-death-americas-toxic-cult-violence-turns-deadly
    It is the CULTURE, STUPID ….. What has been done to Our culture by Media interested in PROFIT and “SOCIAL ENGINEERING” (just WHAT are they “engineering”?) NOT in creating a solid prosperous SOCIETY. WHO indeed?
    They are not actually working for “School Safety”. If they were there would be a serious study about why these shooting have just happened in the last decades …. What happened to the Culture. What about the SSRI mind altering drugs. No ALL they care about is taking guns.
    MEDIA-ASSAULT-THOUGHTS. “Have you noticed how everything always starts with words?” There is no action that is not preceded by the thought and idea of the action, and MSM has immersed America in violent anti-social thoughts. and been publicly proud and boastful of their ANTI-heroes. The immersion of a society in the thoughts and ideas of senseless violence unaccompanied by consequences. The flooding of Media venues such as music, movies, video games, TV, with thoughts and ideas designed to induce violent behavior. If purveying ideas through the media does not work ….. why are $BILLIONS spent every year on advertising and political propaganda if spreading “thoughts” does not matter?!?! Hillary is spending $HUNDREDS of MILLION$ on ADVERTIZING to try to INFLUENCE ACTIONS.

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