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This morning, I had NPR on to listen to some news while getting ready for work. A particular mention of Harry Reid, however, made me stop to listen, and research. I suppose it highlights the precarious position we're in with Harry Reid.

So the story can be found here:

Obama Calls On Congress To Act To Reduce Gun Violence

by Mara Liasson

During this piece Mara Liasson talks with a former Republican leadership aide, named as John Thierry (sp?), who claims that Reid's last electoral victory was due in part to being endorsed by the NRA.

Now, I remember yesterday it was reported here that he had not picked up that endorsement...

Reid has a long-standing relationship with the National Rifle Association. Although the organization did not endorse him for reelection in 2010, it contributed more than $4,000 to his campaign and its unhinged but well-paid executive vice president Wayne LaPierre said of Reid that year that he was "a true champion of the Second Amendment" and that "no one has been a stronger advocate for responsible gun ownership than him." The organization did not back Reid's opponent, Sharron Angle, who infamously noted that it might be time for "2nd Amendment remedies" to deal with "tyrannical" government.

That "true champion" has opposed most gun restrictions in the past. But on Wednesday, Reid said "all options should be on the table moving forward" in the complex effort to reduce gun violence. That would seem to indicate some flexibility even on the matter of the assault weapons ban. Or it may be mere blather.

The matter of the money he picked up from the NRA is a matter of record, as is the lack of cash for his opponent at the time, Sharron Angle. As is the reported lack of an endorsement on either side of that Senate race.

I wonder if NPR will go back later and point out that this Republican they spoke to was wrong about that. I guess Reid's history of working comfortably with the NRA is going to come back to haunt him, one way or the other. This was the scene back in 2010 as Reid courted the NRA.

The NRA has not endorsed Mr. Reid in the past, but his backers had been hoping for its official blessing this time around. Mr. Reid has long declared himself a supporter of gun rights.

In March, Mr. Reid helped open the Clark County Shooting Park, firing a shotgun and hitting two clay birds as the crowd cheered, according to press reports. Mr. Reid helped obtain $61 million for the new facility, and he was accompanied at the opening by NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre.

“I know how you worked,” Mr. LaPierre told Reid at the event, according to the Las Vegas Sun. Mr. LaPierre added that the park “would not have opened without the work of Sen. Reid.”

For my part, I intend to join every effort I can find to put pressure on Reid to act on all of the President's gun control proposals, including the new assault weapons ban. Whatever his personal stand on guns may be, as Obama pointed out, Harry Reid needs to hear from the people, to hear our demand for change.

Originally posted to The Tytalan Way on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 06:57 AM PST.

Also republished by Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA) and Shut Down the NRA.

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  •  Just doing my part (11+ / 0-)

    to prevent this from happening in the Senate.

    There is nothing so ridiculous that some philosopher has not said it. -- Cicero

    by tytalus on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 06:57:15 AM PST

  •  Mara Liasson is a right wing shill. (9+ / 0-)

    I would fact check anything she said on the air.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 07:02:31 AM PST

    •  I don't know enough myself to go that far (1+ / 0-)
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      but I don't listen to NPR as much as I used to. Unfortunately the local radio station that had some liberal shows on went under.

      There is nothing so ridiculous that some philosopher has not said it. -- Cicero

      by tytalus on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 07:43:09 AM PST

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    •  I listen to NPR every day (5+ / 0-)
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      PHScott, tytalus, boudi08, myboo, commonmass

      and one thing is clear: all Mara does is provide right-wing talking points in a calm, public-radio format. She rarely goes off script. Cokie Roberts is Mara Lite, in that she is more subtle in her conservative propaganda, but still manages to get it in. The rest of the political reporting is the usual beltway don't-challenge-Republicans but be very, very hard-nosed when it comes to Dems.

      This is enough to cause some Dems and/or libs to swear off NPR. However, I find their human interest stories, which can dominate the program unless it's an election year, to be very lib-friendly. They cover science fairly well now that Robert "Tweak" Krulwich has been sidelined, and that includes evolution and climate science. Their coverage of social issues is pretty good, too.

      But their political reporting indeed sucks.

    •  It wasn't Liasson who made the claim. (5+ / 0-)
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      It was her interviewee:

      During this piece Mara Liasson talks with a former Republican leadership aide, named as John Thierry (sp?), who claims that Reid's last electoral victory was due in part to being endorsed by the NRA.

      Being the single intellectual in a village of 1,100 souls ain't much fun, especially when 1,099 of those don't think you're all that smart.--Lucy Marsden

      by Miniaussiefan on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:49:25 AM PST

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      •  Correct (2+ / 0-)
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        my issue with her is that they broadcast that falsehood, which took me maybe ten minutes to debunk. A little journalism from NPR would be welcome. But she lets it slide without a word.

        There is nothing so ridiculous that some philosopher has not said it. -- Cicero

        by tytalus on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:53:54 AM PST

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        •  tytalus - I do think that Reid's long pro-gun (1+ / 0-)
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          positions, opposed the AWB renewal in 2004, NRA B rating and historical NRA endorsement and 2010 NRA campaign contribution make this something that would not be obvious to an on air broadcaster to know that the NRA did not formally endorse Reid in 2010. I do agree that had he not had a long pro-gun history, and favorable NRA rating, Reid would have lost the Nevada Senate race. It is interesting to note that the much more avid pro-gun GOA give Reid an F grade.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:26:52 AM PST

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          •  Is there somewhere (0+ / 0-)

            I can find this historical endorsement? The NRA site seems to wall off their history to members only -- this morning, I looked there first. For 2010, I had to look up news articles about it.

            There is nothing so ridiculous that some philosopher has not said it. -- Cicero

            by tytalus on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:56:43 AM PST

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  •  Thank you for highlighting Reid's NRA ties. nt (3+ / 0-)

    Join us at RASA: Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment. (Repeal will not ban guns, just help regulate them.)

    by Sharon Wraight on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 07:20:44 AM PST

    •  Yes, thanks for the background story. (3+ / 0-)
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      Reid, and several other Democratic senators from the Rockies and plains states, aren't likely to be leading the gun-control fight, largely because their constituents aren't leading it.

      Those senators are part of the reason why the R's and NRA's "Obama will ban guns" scare tactics are so absurd.

      Hopefully, though, those Senators (and their counterparts in the House) can be brought around to accept some reasonable middle-ground positions, particularly the proposals that seem to be getting 80-90% public support. And with their help, some of those ideas might even make it through the House.

      (Beyond the mountain west, the same is true of several senators and Congresspeople from other red or purple states, though it's tougher to generalize there.)

  •  we don't listen to Mara Liasson (3+ / 0-)

    oh wait - some one else has commented that already.

    It's my standard line on pledge breaks - I'll send money when you get rid of the ***

    Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

    by PHScott on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:17:00 AM PST

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