Colion Noir, a pundit for NRA-TV, recently advocated a government crackdown on media in order to eliminate massacres that keep happening more and more frequently in America. At least that’s what it appeared he was trying to do.
It’s a good thing I wasn’t drinking coffee or whiskey when I saw some of the headlines featuring Noir’s advocacy. My computer screen would not have liked me very much at that point in time.
Noir began his rant on NRATV by going off on media’s coverage of mass shootings and the shooters, themselves. He talked a bit about how notoriety factors into some shooters deciding to do what they do. That much I can agree with (more on that a bit later), but that’s the point at which he goes off the rails, so to speak – or three ‘speaks’ to be exact.
The first ‘speak’ in the triple speak of the NRA is that Noir did a really good job of setting a trap. He went off on the media as being the problem when it comes to coverage of mass shootings and shooters. Notice I did not say a problem. I said the problem. That’s arguably Noir’s ‘gotcha’ moment.
The second ‘speak’ of the NRA triple speak is that Noir knew liberal media would take his bait. He was right. Given the less than stellar reputation of some media following these massacres, his point sucked a lot of people in – including offended liberal media. He then called for government suppression of the media – a ploy that he knew would be a clear violation of 1st Amendment free press rights.
The third ‘speak’ of the NRA triple speak and the crux of his video is when Noir tried to convince the viewer his contrived attack on the 1st Amendment to the Constitution should be viewed the same as his perceived ‘real’ attacks on the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. That’s a blatant false equivalence.
Noir admitted his scheme to limit the free press was a ruse to draw his comparison to how 2nd Amendment fanatics feel when their right to keep and bear arms comes under attack. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m not going to feel sorry for 2nd Amendment fanatics when they can’t handle someone throwing shade at them. Talk about being snowflakes!
For anyone that might be interested, here’s a link to the story that one of the liberal media outlets ran with:
At least this media outlet pointed out:
“It was unclear how serious Noir was about backing a law that would restrict any aspect of news reporting.”
There were many other media outlets that didn’t appear to even be aware they’d been duped.
To be absolutely clear, I despise the NRA. I despise their old and tired talking points, and I especially despise their extremist views on 2nd Amendment rights. That being said, this ruse put forward by Noir sets him apart from some of his fellow NRA pundits in some ways. He’s good. He’s well spoken. He’s deceptively clever.
I’ll cut Noir a sliver of slack simply because in the first part of his video diatribe he does touch briefly on the ‘notoriety factor’, as I mentioned earlier, when it comes to mass shootings. He’s right. There is a notoriety factor, but he certainly is not the first to make note of that fact, nor is the NRA. That credit goes directly to an organization called No Notoriety, a very worthwhile organization if ever there was one. No Notoriety came about following the Aurora Theater shooting.
To their credit, some in the media have agreed with No Notoriety and no longer name the perps who commit mass murders after the initial identification of same. The problem, though, is that Colion Noir doesn’t even acknowledge that organization much less give them any credit as being the genesis for his own assertion.
Noir is a shill albeit a very clever, deceptive, and arguably disingenuous shill for the NRA.
My two cents.
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