The media’s double standard for hate speech against gun owners

Let’s go back to 2012, when talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh called “women’s reproductive rights” advocate Sandra Fluke a slut. Remember the reaction?
There were calls for Limbaugh’s head. Some sponsors pulled out of his show. He was soundly criticized, and rightly so. I was one of the critics.
Fast-forward to late December of 2012, when an American newspaper published an op-ed piece in which the writer calls for the government to declare a perfectly legal organization whose members had broken no laws a terrorist group and make membership in it illegal.

The writer further suggests leaders of the opposition party in Congress be chained to pickup trucks and dragged around until they changed their views to those of the party in power.

As sort of a coup de grace, the writer then suggests that Americans unwilling to surrender their firearms to the government be summarily executed in their homes.

If that sounds like the writer was advocating a totalitarian state with a government that commits mass murder, that’s because that’s precisely what he was advocating.

Now imagine a supposedly mainstream newspaper runs that column. If some of Limbaugh’s sponsors abandoned him, shouldn’t the paper’s advertisers yank their ads?

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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