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Cam Edwards talks to Mark Hemingway about this article he wrote for The Weekly Standard about the 2013 NRA Annual Meetings: Target: NRA Caught in the media’s crosshairs.
“Was the National Rifle Association playing some sort of joke on the media? In the press room at the NRA’s annual gathering at the Houston convention center was a large cheese plate laid out for the fourth estate’s snacking pleasure. It wasn’t just a proletarian platter of cheddar cubes, either. There was brie and lots of chalky bits that contained herbs and looked like they’d been aged in caves in France. I couldn’t identify all the varieties because, like most journalists, I’m not nearly as sophisticated as I like to think I am. But it sure seemed as if the NRA was subtly reminding the media of the class differences between the cheese-eating liberals who populate newsrooms and the gun owners out in the real ’Merica.”
“It turns out I was the one making unjustified assumptions. With 5 million members nationwide and 86,000 people attending the convention in Houston, the NRA cuts across pretty much all strata of American life. Shortly after encountering the cheese plate, I walked past a booth on the convention floor for the NRA Wine Club. “Selections include a perfectly balanced, nicely concentrated extraordinary Pinot Noir which is both floral and fruitful, a charming and silky French Bordeaux blend and a versatile California Cabernet Sauvignon that showcases impressions of blackberry, dark cherry and cocoa.” Nice pairings for, yes, a cheese plate.” Read More: http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/target-nra_722051.html
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