CNN’s Brian Stelter refused to conduct a live interview with me after his producer originally reached out to get me onto his show “Reliable Sources” for a live interview about my scoop on Ralph Northam’s blackface yearbook photo.
Even though Stelter’s producer repeatedly told me the interview would be live, Team Stelter tried to switch to a taped interview, which can be easily manipulated to take my statements out of context. Stelter’s producer took responsibility for the supposed misunderstanding.
I gave Stelter a chance to be a man and face me, live, one-on-one, to discuss journalism ethics, on his own turf no less. Stelter chose not to take that opportunity.
Here is my email exchange with Shanta Covington of CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
CNN: Hello Patrick, I’m writing to see if you are available for an interview with Brian Stelter re: the uncovering of the Northam yearbook photo as well as the coverage that’s come out of that when it comes to your site? This would be live in the 11am EST hour on Sunday. If you need to pre-tape for some reason we can also see about that. Thanks,
Howley: Yes, sounds good. I can be reached at (Redacted).
CNN: Great, let me tell them you’re available. And before I do, you’d be available for a live interview on Sunday correct? Would you be doing any other interviews before ours? Sorry, these are all of the questions I’ll be asked.
Howley: I am available for Sunday I’ve done CBSN and I’m doing newsmax tv today but I’m looking forward to Sunday
CNN: Got it. I’m waiting on an answer about Sunday. The original request is actually for a bytes interview for a package today – I misread the initial email – would you be available for that today given your NewsMax interview? Thank you.
Howley: I would love to go on live Sunday, and I can be in studio as well.
CNN: I’m checking on Sunday but again that’s my bad because the initial request is for a bytes interview today. What time would you be available today? I can get you a car to/from our DC bureau.
Howley: What is a bytes interview?
CNN: Good question. Sorry I shouldn’t have assumed you knew what that meant. Someone will interview you by phone or in person and you’ll be on camera and your sound bytes will be included in a package that will air later today’s
Howley: No thanks, I would love to go on live however.
CNN: Hey Patrick, How about this? Brian is actually in D.C. today. What if we get you two together at the CNN Bureau today for a one-on-one interview? In person is always better. They’d love to have you on with him and use some of those bytes in a package that will be running in prime time tonight? Let me know.
Howley: Live or nothing
CNN: Got it. I’ll let them know and see what they’d like to do. Thank you for bearing with my emails.
CNN: Patrick, My apologies for the confusion as this was a bytes interview request from the start and not for the live show on Sunday. That was my bad. I’ve made it clear to them that you’re only interested in a live interview. They’re going to pass on that at this time. If that changes I will be in touch. Thank you for wading through all of my emails today. Best Regards,
Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation
Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.
If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.
Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional.
AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.
In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.
At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”
In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.”
Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”
According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”
When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”
Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.
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