A Resounding NYT Op-Ed Misfire

NRA members are all SMH.

The Rachel Maddow blog on MSNBC passed the buck in several directions after wrongly reporting that attendees at this past weekend’s NRA convention in Nashville were prohibited from following local gun laws:

Correction/Update: Rather than leaving a confusing series of updates, let’s summarize what we now know. The original report from the New York Daily News, which said the NRA had “banned working guns” from the convention, was inaccurate – Tennessee’s open-carry laws still apply at the NRA event… Similarly, when The Tennessean reported, “All guns on the convention floor will be non-operational,” that referred to the guns on display at exhibitors, not the guns attendees bring themselves…

Meanwhile, The New York Times Editorial Board was forced to rewrite the lede of an April 10 editorial and post a correction. In point of fact, it was only guns on display at one convention venue that were required to have firing pins removed:

Correction: April 11, 2015

An editorial on Friday about the National Rifle Association’s convention incorrectly described the rules for carrying concealed firearms at the event. Carrying is prohibited at one of the main convention venues [Bridgestone Arena], not all of them.

As you can imagine, the NYT incorrectly condemning the NRA for Nashville convention hypocrisy has been the subject of much blog amusement. Critics are also suggesting the above correction does not go far enough. Here for example is part of Powerline’s take:

And now missing is the central point of the editorial as originally written, the assertion that the NRA’s alleged gun ban is “the ultimate in hypocrisy.”

A more honest approach would have been to delete the editorial in its entirety and replace it with, “Oops. Never mind.” But honesty is not something anyone expects from The New York Times.

In USA Today, University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds sums it up this way:

The Times’ editors saw a chance to score a cheap shot and got carried away in their excitement.

[Screen grab of original NYT op-ed version, via: bearingarms.com]