The Media: We’ve sucked down AstroTurf so long that we don’t know grassroots when it jumps up and bites us in the ass
I said before that it will soon be stated as fact that the NRA was responsible for Zumbo’s loss of his job for saying something stupid even though that is not the case. What really happened is that a few message boards and blogs noticed it and left comments, sent letters, etc. and that resulted in Zumbo losing his job. The NRA, a full week after the fact, merely announced it was severing ties with the guy. But don’t let those facts get in the way when there’s hackery to be made by lying. Says Ray Schoenke:
Before today’s presidential candidates go courting the National Rifle Association for support (witness Mitt Romney’s sudden enrollment), they should be aware of the case of Jim Zumbo. One of nation’s most famous and respected hunting and outdoors journalists, Zumbo was professionally assassinated by NRA hysteria for simply uttering a single and — many hunters would say — reasonable point of view.
The NRA whipped up a frenzy on the blogosphere, where a rabid fringe element of the hunting community denounced Zumbo in the harshest terms, even attacking his patriotism.
Remember, the NRA had nothing to do with Zumbo’s firing.
Mr. Schoenke is either a liar; misleading intentionally to score political points; or a hack for an anti-gun group. Three guesses:
Ray Schoenke is the president of the American Hunters and Shooters Association, a former Washington Redskins football player and a lifelong hunter.
The American Hunters and Shooters Association is an anti-gun group that holds itself out as a pro-gun group.
And the media is happy to print the AstroTurf.
See past Zumbo coverage here.
Update: Apologies to Tam, who said:
they’ve been playing on astroturf so long that they don’t know grassroots even when fed a mouthful of divot.