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National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre at this morning National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre at this morning's news conference in Washington, D.C.  

Journalists slam NRA throughout press conference

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

When National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre took the stage on Friday to address the media about last week’s elementary school massacre, he made it clear multiple times that the organization has issues with how the press reports on guns.

At one point, LaPierre said “the media demonize lawful gun owners, amplify their cries for more laws and fill the national debate with misinformation and dishonest thinking.”

If the NRA doesn’t like reporters, the feeling is apparently mutual.

As Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, put it:

Here are some of the views expressed by reporters and editors — from news outlets including Talking Points Memo, Politico, The New York Times and The Huffington Post – on Twitter during LaPierre’s speech:

 

 

Many of the same reporters were infuriated that the NRA wouldn’t take questions.

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