Background Check-Loving Media Gags on Its Own Medicine Thanks to New Obama Directive

Background Check-Loving Media Gags on Its Own Medicine Thanks to New Obama Directive
Background Check-Loving Media Gags on Its Own Medicine Thanks to New Obama Directive
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Washington, DC – -( The hypocrisy of the anti-gun movement – and its cheerleaders in the press – is so obvious and consistent that it rarely bears special mention.

They claim to support the Second Amendment, but they want to ban guns.

They claim to embrace gun safety, but they’re too ignorant and afraid of guns to understand their common use and would rather criticize NRA for training people to safely use and own firearms.

They express outrage at violence in America’s cities, but they don’t want law-abiding urbanites to have the means to protect themselves. They claim to stand with victims of violence, but they denounce attempts to empower the vulnerable as “shaming.” They don’t want you to have a gun, but they want better, braver people than themselves to use guns to protect them.

And yet … they always manage to lower the bar with another mind-numbing double standard.

Now, the same media that has kept up a constant drumbeat in support of “universal” background checks as a precondition to exercising Second Amendment rights are portraying background checks as an existential threat to the First Amendment.

According to a Politico article published last month, journalists wanting to attend the Republican and Democratic political conventions this summer will have to submit to a new credentialing process that includes background checks conducted by the Secret Service.

Ironically, the roots of the issue, Politico reports, stem from Presidential Policy Directive 22, an Obama administration decision that apparently gives the Secret Service the task of “access control” to the political conventions. Another report from USA Today indicated that Obama has issued 19 such “policy directives” (PPDs) without disclosing them to the public.

The USA Today article quotes a political scientist and former advisor to Congress as stating PPDs “have the same legal force as an executive order, forming a body of largely secret law.” Nevertheless, executive orders must be published in the Federal Register.

“PPDs are not,” the advisor said. “It is a kind of secret law. People have to obey it. But it’s a directive that can allocate money, direct people or take a course of action.”

The media, needless to say, are incensed. A piece in the Daily Beast – using a metaphor that we consider especially amusing – characterizes the Washington press establishment as “up in arms.” That article even suggests that the Secret Service, having been “tarnished” by “aggressive investigative reporting,” may abuse its newly-conferred authority to settle the score.

Journalists cited by the Beast fault the “inscrutable security screening process for which there are no plainly established criteria, and from which there is no appeal,” as well as the idea that government is now exercising discretion over “who can and can’t be a journalist.”

“I don’t think the First Amendment allows that,” one journalist huffs. Concerns have also been raised that arrests arising from what the journalists claim is prior First Amendment activity might be enough to exclude them. Some are even floating the idea of “boycotting” the vetting process for credentials en masse.

Now that big media is feeling the indignity and insecurity of submitting their rights to the whims of an opaque and seemingly arbitrary bureaucratic screening process, we can only say, “Welcome to the club … It serves you right.”

The same media that has failed to stick up for the rights of others who occupy different social and political circles – indeed, that has actively collaborated with the government to degrade the rights of those others – is now getting a taste of its own medicine. They chose kissing up to the Establishment over their professional roles as watchdogs. Now they’re the watched, and they don’t like it.

Dear Washington Press Corps, welcome to the world you helped create. We’ll see you at the convention … if you pass the background check.

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

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Bill in Lexington,NC

Wrong … don’t celebrate this. This is yet another encroachment, another inch of the camels’ nose of pervasive tyranny. It IS an attack on the First Amendment … remember that one — the one just before the Second Amendment? NO attack on the Constitution is EVER acceptable. Drum that into your heads and stop being cattle led this way and that until the only option is the slaughterhouse door. The media is WRONG for supporting the attack on the Second Amendment and we are WRONG if we support this attack on the First. After they have felt a little pain… Read more »


I luv it! Revenge is sweet.

Josey Wales

Country..that’s the perfect Manhattan cocktail party liberal style laugh! If you had put “hmmmm” after the last “ha” it would have solidified the elitist mentality at the party. Sarcasm toward the I know better than them crowd!


Hahahahaha …. it serves the Pravda West Media right…….


Aaahhhhaaaaa ha ha ha ha!!

Was that too much?


I never knew that the president could enact secret laws. It is more than scary, as it undermines what this country was founded on. But I knew we were lost when I saw the Patriot Act come into existence, so I don’t know why I’m bothering to say anything now. President Lincoln was right, our destruction will come from the inside.

Wild Bill

Those are not really Laws, Super, just directions to the various bureaucrats in the executive branch that do what they are told to protect their careers and pensions.


Can’t have it both ways douche kits!


It doesn’t matter how many times you explain things to a libturd, or how many facts you provide, they will NEVER understand it. These are people that don’t understand that government doesn’t educate, they indoctrinate. All that a college degree proves is that you passed your indoctrination! Only the mindless are easily indoctrinated, and libturds are mindless.


It’s interesting that these pinheads have given no thought to their own protection once the right of self-defense has been reduced to a pea shooter and sling shot. Ditto other countries that want to see the USA become a 3rd-world power. If the USA becomes a 3rd-world power as promoted by the current White House trash, who will pull the fat out of the fire when bully nations such as North Korea, China, Russia invade other countries in Europe and the Middle East – or Central and South America? You don’t think that Obama will be spared when ISIS drives… Read more »


To all liberals that think the laws, executive orders, PPDs, etc. that are being enacted by their leaders is a good thing:

Don’t you think that eventually the big government that you want so badly will end up taking YOUR rights away at some point?

Of course they will! And, if you don’t believe it, well, here’s the start of it. Expect more to come. The government of Obama, Hillary and their ilk, want to control every aspect of all of the people. Period.

Kevin Donohue

Hysterical absolutely hysterical!!! In a discussion of “facts” with a lib, “this is something completely different” he says with a deadpan face- LMAO!!! And once again NO mention of this in the “standard” media!


The old saying goes like this…”I guess it depends on who’s Ox it is that’s being gored.”