Billy Graham has died. To CNN that’s hardly worth mentioning.
Morning today at the gym; half hour on the elliptical machine; Fox News on TV 1, CNN on TV 4. FOX: 30 minutes on Billy Graham, CNN: 30 seconds on the reverend’s passing, remaining half hour on FL students march for gun control.
It’s another “spontaneous” rally. Who organized the students? Who paid for the buses? Wow; a day free from classes and a free trip to Tallahassee. Gun control, that’s the answer. The message: Trump and the NRA are child killers and if you don’t agree you should be shot.
Billy Graham? Who’s that? No one that CNN is concerned about.
WHOA: NR’s Geraghty Owns Carol Costello, Bill Press on Far-Left, Anti-Gun Rhetoric
From Media Research Center: By Curtis Houck | February 20, 2018
Just as his National Review colleague Rich Lowry did on Thursday night, senior political correspondent Jim Geraghty held his own on Tuesday against liberal HLN host Carol Costello and liberal talk radio host Bill Press in a heated debate about gun control and the left’s asinine rhetoric that gun rights supporters are “child killers.”
Now in Los Angeles for HLN after leaving CNN, Costello hasn’t lost a step in her liberal ways, starting the segment off by touting “[s]tudents who survived the shooting at Stoneman Douglas high school” as “going for the NRA’s juglar” because “politicians who take the NRA money have blood in their hands.”
After a clip from student Cameron Kasky calling the NRA a “terrorist organization” doling out “blood money,” Costello quipped that “the NRA is not pulling any punches as it goes into survival mode.”
Costello went to Geraghty first, who emphasized that there’s no doubt the Parkland students have“heartfelt” views, but using ugly language to attack your opponent accomplishes nothing:
- I think I would ask the question, if you want someone to come around to your perspective, to say, hey, here are certain gun control proposals that we can get behind. I don’t know if calling them a terrorist helps. I don’t know if there was another young man who said why are you taking the money of those who are child killers? If you do something like that, do you think it will make people come to you likely to your perspective? Or less likely?
Geraghty continued, correctly surmising that“[m]y suspicion is you can’t attack” or “demonize” “someone into coming around to your point of view” and denounced Costello for her biased opening because “I don’t know if this kind of language makes people more likely to come to a common agreement over this sort of things.”
Costello briefly entertained that notion seeing as how students will appear on networks like Comedy Central ahead of their March for Our Lives event. Meanwhile, Press sang the praises of the students for “making a difference” while Trump has a chance to make gun control “his Nixon in China moment.”
The HLN host tried to pin Geraghty down on calls for the NRA convention to be moved from Dallas, but Geraghty dismissed that before expanding on his first point that “we should always sit down and chat with everybody you want to chat with, but if it is just going to turn to a session of, you know, yelling at someone or further demonization, I could understand NRA representatives would be kinda reluctant to have that meeting.”
“No one wants to be yelled at or being blamed for the action of, you know, crazed killers,” he added.
Press rebutted with a call for people on the no-fly list to be banned from owning guns, but Geraghty slammed this proposal:
- GERAGHTY: Because Ted Kennedy was on the no-fly list. Because there’s a hundred thousand people on the no-fly list and —
PRESS: Look, no, no, no —
GERAGHTY: — it’s an insane way to check. There is no appeals process to the no-flies list.
PRESS: — okay. Are you kidding me? No, are you kidding? There’s a — don’t tell me because — don’t — that is — no
GERAGHTY: You would not allow someone to take away your First Amendment right.
PRESS: That’s crazy, that’s an absolute insane idea because there might be no organization or no government is perfect. The fact that there may be one mistake on a list means you are going let every terrorist —
GERAGHTY: Not one mistake. There are a hundred thousand people — Americans on this list. You think — [SIGH] [EYEROLL]
PRESS: — every terrorist on a no-fly list buy a gun. That’s just an excessive excuse for doing nothing.
Costello encouraged the two to put aside what the students have said about the NRA and come to an agreement, but Press responded by opining that the NRA should come out for an assault weapons ban.
When Geraghty noted that this didn’t prevent the Columbine shooting, Press responded “so,” thus letting slip that such gun grabs won’t necessarily prevent mass shootings.
Geraghty’s schooling continued, so be sure to check out the transcript. To do so, click “expand.”