The Daily Caller published a big story today about the apparent hypocrisy of Media Matters, the left-leaning media watchdog group, and the former bodyguard of the group's eccentric founder, David Brock. Citing a few internal emails and the testimony of several anonymous staffers, Daily Caller writer Vince Coglianese reports that Brock's bodyguard carried a concealed handgun on his person while in Washington, D.C., which is illegal since (paging David Gregory) DC bans all concealed firearms.
The story adheres to a recently popular narrative — at least among conservative media outlets — that paints proponents of gun control and/or journalists as double-faced advocates who wish to possess and/or display guns for themselves and nobody else. The narrative is not fabricated, exactly, but it strains to document actual hypocrisy on gun violence. Let's look at a few recent examples, beginning with the Daily Caller's report today.
David Brock's Bodyguard
The back story here is that Brock's former bodyguard, a man named Haydn Price-Morris, was paranoid about his boss being harmed and decided to arm himself with a concealed glock, which is illegal in Washington, D.C., where Media Matters is located. What today's Daily Caller report tries to establish is the provenance of the gun that Price-Morris obtained:
According to an internal email exchange obtained by TheDC, the gun was purchased with cash in Maryland, likely to diminish the chances such a purchase would appear on the tax-exempt group’s books.
Brock wound up firing Price-Morris for breaking the law by carrying a concealed gun sometimes in 2010, according to The Daily Caller: "Despite Brock’s knowledge of the guns, his organization successfully laid the blame for the lapse in judgment at Price-Morris’ feet, and he was quickly let go."