Conservative columnist Stacy Washington has quit her position at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after the paper suspended her for her column defending the National Rifle Association.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday suspended Stacy Washington after a column entitled “Guns and the Media” disputed an anti-NRA article that argued since more Americans die from guns than from ISIS, the Second Amendment advocacy group is the greater danger.
“[W]hen has a member of the NRA ever decapitated, set on fire, tossed from a rooftop or otherwise terrorized another American? The linkage is not only rife with improper context; it is false on its face,” Washington wrote in her column, which also decried the lack of conservatives in U.S. newsrooms. “This failure to represent the opposing, especially conservative, view is an increasingly apparent deficit in the news reporting apparatus in our country.”
I’m no detective, but I’ll bet that shot across the bow is the reason for the suspension. Newspaper people don’t like hearing they’re biased; mostly because the accusation has merit…
The Post-Dispatch offered a canned excuse for their idiocy.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch asserts that Washington was not suspended for the views expressed in her column, but for failing to disclose her promotional work and professional affiliation with the NRA.
Uh-huh. How many liberal reporters – but I repeat myself – has the Post-Dispatch suspended in the last decade? I’m guessing zero.
Following her suspension last Friday, Washington mounted a Twitter broadside at her Post-Dispatch editors, insisting she is not a paid “shill” for the NRA and noting the irony of a column calling out the lack of conservatives in the mainstream media getting a conservative suspended from a mainstream newspaper.
Far too many people express displeasure with their jobs and their employers. It’s refreshing to see someone take a stand against media bias, and actually put their money where their mouth is.