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NRA uses Nigerian girls’ abduction to promote itself and slam ‘Pajama Boy’ liberals

By David Ferguson
Saturday, May 10, 2014 12:07 EDT
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The National Rifle Association has seized upon the abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls as a means of promoting itself and slamming liberals as soft, weak people who watch MSNBC talk show host Chris Hayes.

Media Matters reported Saturday that NRA News host Cam Edwards went out of his way to attack liberals while discussing the abduction of the girls from their preparatory school.

In a talk with his guest Katie Pavlich of Fox News, Edwards said, “I would go one step further and say that, you know, when [Nigerians] ask the U.S. for help, we don’t send Pajama Boy to do the job, Katie.”

Edwards was referring to a popular conservative meme, ridiculing a hipster-ish man portrayed in one ad for the Affordable Care Act.

“Probably not a lot of people who know and use the [Twitter] hashtag “inners” [fans of MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes] are going over to Nigeria to rescue, hopefully, those girls,” he continued.

“Yeah,” agreed Pavlich.

“There are a lot of guys who look like — who look like they just came from the NRA annual meeting, frankly, who will be going over there and trying to rescue those girls,” said Edwards.

Timothy Johnson at Media Matters wrote, “The NRA frequently interjects itself into seemingly-unrelated situations involving heroism or sacrifice to enhance the NRA’s brand. Just days after the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, NRA board member Ted Nugent claimed that the heroism of first responders to the attack “represents what the NRA is.” A January 2012 NRA fundraising email marked the anniversary of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster and also featured an image of President John F. Kennedy with the assassinated president’s quote, “The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it.” The NRA also used the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks to solicit donations.”

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
 
 
 
 
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