The battle against fake news got fresh ammunition Tuesday as the National Rifle Association fired off a warning at the New York Times, saying “We’re coming for you.”
In a new NRA-TV video, national spokeswoman Dana Loesch fired back at a recent New York Times statement that its “commitment to the truth isn’t new,” but rather dates back 166 years, and that each story is covered in “deep and rich detail.”
“We are going to ‘fisk’ the New York Times and find out just what ‘deep and rich’ means to this old gray hag, this untrustworthy, dishonest rag that has subsisted on the welfare of mediocrity for one, two, three, more decades,” Loesch warned. “We’re going to laser-focus on your so-called ‘honest pursuit of the truth’.”
The feud between the Second Amendment activist group and the Times began when the newspaper ran an ad titled “The Truth” that referenced the importance of truth and facts in the Trump era and slammed some of the administration’s policies, such as the president’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from six predominantly Muslim countries, which the newspaper’s ad calls a “backdoor Muslim ban.”
The NRA mocked the Times with an ad of its own, to which Eileen Murphy, a New York Times spokesperson responded: “Our commitment to the truth isn’t new, it dates back 166 years. And, each and every story mentioned in the NRA’s video, from Benghazi to crime in Chicago, was covered in deep and rich detail by Times reporters who in some cases – Libya, for instance –risked their lives to get at the truth.”
Loesch’s commentary in the NRA-TV video featured a new NRA ad which read: “America has stopped looking to the Times for the truth now more than ever. The Times are burning and the media elites have been caught holding the match.”
"We the people have had it. We've had it with your narratives, your propaganda your fake news -- we've had it with your constant protection of your Democrat overlords, your refusal to acknowledge any truth that upsets the fragile construct that you believe is real life,” Loesch said. “And we've had it with your pretentious, tone-deaf assertion that you are in any way truth or fact-based journalism."