NBC News Tattletale Alerts Secret Service to “Let’s go Brandon” AR-15 Receiver

NBC News Tattletale Alerts Secret Service to “Let’s go Brandon” AR-15 Receiver

As legacy press outlets have lost much of their ability to manipulate public opinion , these institutions have resorted to increasingly desperate tactics to shape public discourse. Enter tattletale “journalism.” This genre of article consists of identifying something that offends the delicate sensibilities of the prestige press and the elites they cater to and then reporting the offensive conduct to various authorities under the guise of asking them for comment. The transparent goal of such pieces is to pressure those in authority to stamp out the behavior. This sometimes takes the form of a “journalist” alerting one of the tech oligopolies to material hosted on their platform that the reporter deems politically incorrect. This tattletale or media hall monitor culture was on full display this week when NBC News’s Ken Dilanian took it upon himself to alert the U.S. Secret Service to the sale of AR-15 lower receivers emblazoned with a censored version of an insult to President Joe Biden. Those more lucid than Biden will know that the 46 th president is not very popular. An October NBC News poll showed that 42-percent of the country approves of the job Biden is doing, while 54-percent disapprove. 71-percent of Americans think the country is on the wrong track. Moreover, as an NBC News item summarized, “just 37 percent of adults give [Biden] high marks — on a 5-point scale — for being competent and effective as president.” The NBC numbers could be somewhat generous, considering Quinnipiac recorded a 38-percent […]

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