Media inconsistency when Clinton and the NRA propose the same policy?
One-third of the nation's elementary, middle and high schools reportedly already have armed security on campus. In 2000, President Clinton marked the one-year anniversary of Columbine by proposing a significant expansion of the government's existing "COPS in Schools" program. Now that the National Rifle Association's Mr. LaPierre has made a similar proposal, he is being ridiculed. Why?Did Clinton's proposal get this reaction from the media in 2000? Here is a list put together by Alex Pappas at the Daily Caller.
LaPierre as delusional as any dictator. His speech against music videos, hurricanes has the feel of a Castro rant or Mugabe tirade.
— The Huffington Post’s Jason Cherkis (@jasoncherkis) December 21, 2012
In Wayne LaPierre’s defense, tone-deafness is a serious condition that afflicts hundreds of thousands of Americans.
— New York Daily News’ Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) December 21, 2012
Wayne LaPierre should have just given this speech to an empty chair on a stage
— The Nation’s Jeremy Scahill (@jeremyscahill)December 21, 2012
No two ways about: This is gross, awful, dishonest.
— Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) December 21, 2012
What is this NRA guy talking about? Blame hurricanes. Blame media. It’s so strange.
— Politico’s Ben White (@morningmoneyben)December 21, 2012
This is nuts.
— Talking Points Memo’s Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) December 21, 2012
If it wasn’t for all the dead children, the #NRApress conference might have been amusing.
— The New York Times’ Jonathan Weisman (@jonathanweisman) December 21, 2012
Stallone movie meets Fidel Castro speech
— Politico’s Alex Burns (@aburnspolitico)December 21, 2012
See also this.
Today, the same elite media who no doubt send their own kids to private schools that employ armed security, just can't stop howling ridicule at the NRA's idea to give every student in America those same protections. Because the NRA's idea is so appealing, as I write this, the media's going overboard, mocking it as bizarre, crazy, and out of touch. . . .