To: Rachel Stassen-Berger, Tom Scheck, Pat Kessler, Bill Salisbury, Tim Pugmire, John Cronan, Tom Leyden, David Brauer, Erik Black, and all of the various other Deans Of The Capitol Press Corps their respective news directors and editors:
From: Mitch Berg, noisome peasant
And yet everything any of them has ever said on the subject of gun control, the Second Amendment, and above all the consequences of “liberalizing” gun laws for the law abiding has been, always and with no exceptions, not only wrong, but completely the opposite of the truth. As in, devoid of not just fact, but truth. Nothing. Zip. Bupkes. Never one iota of fact.
They are “sources” that have burned you, as reporters, every single time you’ve cited them on Second Amendment issues. No exceptions.
Now, I was a reporter. Not a great one – serviceable is the word – but even I knew that if you had a source that never, ever, not once, did anything but discredit your reporting on an issue, you stopped using the source, or at least corroborated everything they said with a reliable one. Even if I didn’t know better, my editors would usually insist on it. I mean, if there were three sources that consistently either botched the story or just plain lied to you about, say, the budget or a Senator’s affair, you’d drop ’em off your Rolodex – right?
So is there some exception to this for Second Amendment issues, or are you all that genuinely incurious about the facts on this issue?
I’m genuinely curious. Have your people call my people.
That is all.