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Sunday, May 7, 2017
Columnist Defended NRA After a Newspaper Compared It to ISIS. Then She Got Suspended
The following article
appeared on the Independent Journal Review website on May 5th. The
actions of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch make it clear that, not only are
conservatives not wanted in the national media, they will be summarily
dismissed simply for presenting their readers with facts!
Can it be any wonder
that the truth has become such a rare commodity?Ed.
In a time when both conservative voices
in the media and free
speech in general are in question, a Missouri columnist's suspension is
raising some red flags.
Stacy Washington, a conservative
commentator who regularly wrote a column for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, found
herself suspended by the paper after penning an article in defense of the
National Rifle Association.
As Fox News notes, Washington — rather
than take the suspension — resigned from the paper in protest, and she hasn't exactly
been quiet about her situation:
It's because I'm Black, isn't it!
Specifically, Washington was critical
of a column by retired professor George Kennedy in the local
Columbia Missouran newspaper.
Titled “The NRA's influence is a
danger to us all,” Kennedy at one point compares the number of Americans killed
by gun violence in 2016 (more than 15,000) to the number killed by Islamic
jihadist terrorists (9), writing:
My follow-up question,
then, is this: Which organization is more dangerous to Americans — ISIS or the
A week later, in her April 28 column for the Post-Dispatch, Washington tore into
Kennedy's argument, writing, in part:
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 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
While the column was published and
posted to the newspaper's website, a note appeared four days later that Washington had been
suspended, and that her column would no longer appear, as she had chosen to
terminate her contract:
As for why they chose to suspend
Washington, the Post-Dispatch wrote:
Her active promotional
activities and professional association with the National Rifle Association
represented an unacceptable conflict of interest in her most recent column,
which resulted in our suspension of her work.
Washington, for her part, insists that not only has she never been paid by the NRA,
but that she has been very open about supporting the organization, adding:
"I’m not ashamed that I’m an NRA
supporter, a Bible-thumper, that I love Jesus Christ. I’m all the way out
There's nothing else that I can do to
articulate my perspective anymore clearly on where I stand."
Washington has earned plenty of
While some sources have suggested that Washington thinks that her suspension was
somehow racially-motivated, she tells Independent Journal Review that is
certainly not the case:
"Race didn't play a
factor in my mind in the decision to suspend my column. My tweet about the
black AR-15 are in jest. (See Pic Above)
Those tweets were not
about the suspension, they were sarcasm."
Washington concluded her April 28
column by noting that “as newspapers across the nation come to grips with
dwindling subscriber numbers, an introspective look is sorely needed into what
is driving Americans away from legacy print media.”