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Good Writing, Bad News; Reality Vs. News Coverage [2014 NRA Meeting]
Original article by Brian Anse Patrick
The Founders of the Republic conceived the Bill of Rights as a unified, cohesive whole. To select out this or that Amendment among the first ten Amendments comprising the Bill of Rights, ordaining one Amendment as “good” and another as “bad,” and, perhaps, the remainder as neutral, is to denigrate the entirety of it. All ten Amendments are equally important and, together, they serve as an express and constant reminder to a central authority – the Federal Government – that such central authority exists at the pleasure of the People and not the other way around. The People have given to the Federal Government certain limited authority. And, the People, who created that authority, reserve the right to take that authority away.
If one Amendment, among those ten Amendments comprising the Bill of Rights, falls, they all fall. And, if the Bill of Rights falls, the Nation ceases to exist. For that Nation was conceived and designed as a Republic, respecting the autonomy and sanctity of the individual citizen and respectful of the authority and integrity of the individual States.
The “Guardian’s” reporter, Ana Marie Cox, who happened to attend the 2014 NRA National Convention, in Indianapolis, came across as vivacious and congenial to those who met her. But that was merely a cloak. She betrayed her hosts, writing a rancorous, blistering piece, attacking the NRA’s policy stance and, by extension, attacking the sanctity of the Second Amendment. Was Ana Marie Cox deliberately duplicitous? Of that, there can be no doubt, for she admits to being “somewhat undercover at the convention.” Thus, it’s clear she had no intention of writing a straightforward, honest and fair account of the Convention for “The Guardian’s” readers. And, she didn’t.
The extent of Ana Marie’s invective toward America’s Second Amendment is on full display in Brian Anse Patrick’s blog post, titled, “Good Writing, Bad News; Reality Versus News Coverage at the 2014 NRA Meeting.”
Brian Anse Patrick is Professor of Communications at the University of Toledo, in Toledo, Ohio. Professor Patrick is intimately familiar with the techniques of mass persuasion and propaganda. In fact, he has written several books on those subjects. They include, inter alia, “The Ten Commandments of Propaganda,” “Rise of the Anti-Media,” and “The National Rifle Association and the Media.” Thus, Professor Patrick is eminently qualified to criticize and dissect “The Guardian’s” unfair attack on both the NRA and on America’s Bill of Rights.
Professor Patrick aptly and amply illustrates the childish, simplistic and illogical arguments apparent in Ana Marie Cox’s reporting of the NRA Convention. He gives example upon example of informal fallacies existent in her news Article. Through it all, Professor Patrick argues convincingly that “The Guardian” was intent not on providing a factual account of events – the purport of honest journalism – but in creating an illusion in lieu of reality, in order to mold and shape public opinion. In that effort, “The Guardian” ceased to be a newspaper and became, instead, a tabloid. Ana Marie is an instrument of deception. She is not a reporter, respectful of her
profession, but a propagandist and deceiver and betrayer of her profession. She should be ashamed.