Reporter spent 3 years undercover to expose the NRA, right wing in Oz

❝ As part of Al Jazeera’s elaborate infiltration of the United States’ gun lobby, I assumed the role of a gun advocate, pretending to campaign for a repeal of Australia’s rigid, gun control laws, and pretending that I wanted more firearms in the hands of Australian citizens.

In fact, I disagree with all of those things. I believe the gun lobby’s efforts to conceal the truth, which concerns public safety and constitutional rights, should be brought to light.

❝ That is why I chose to take part in this undercover investigation…

❝ …I’d never worn a hidden camera or claimed to love guns. In fact, I’d only fired a gun a few times on a friend’s farm. I didn’t know a Glock from Luger and I’d never seen an assault rifle.

That didn’t matter, Peter Charley said. He was looking for someone with the ability to “work a room” and knowledge of people, business and finance. I would be trained thoroughly in the journalistic requirements, as well as the handling of guns.

❝ So, I was in.

RTFA. I’ve known folks who performed similar tasks for the civil rights movement…including one brave young man who infiltrated the KKK. Dangerous is the minimal description of the job.

4 thoughts on “Reporter spent 3 years undercover to expose the NRA, right wing in Oz

  1. McLuhan says:

    “…it has been over a week now since 50 Muslim worshippers were killed in Christchurch, New Zealand. The attacker livestreamed his killing spree on Facebook and the video – all 17 minutes of it – spread from there.
    In Australia, where the killer came from, a lot of people are blaming the media – especially news outlets owned by Rupert Murdoch – for sowing the seeds of the hate unleashed in Christchurch.
    A study conducted by OnePath Network, an Islamic media outlet based in Sydney, tallied up the number of negative stories that five Australian newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp produced in the year 2017.
    It found almost 3,000 such stories referring to Islam or Muslims, alongside words like “violence”, “terrorism” or “radical”.
    “Once every second day in 2017 there was a front page that demonised and spoke negatively about Muslims. This is bound to have an impact on the way that Australians and mainstream perceive Islam or Muslims … His (Murdoch’s) newspapers are quite disproportionate in their coverage when it comes to Muslims. They exaggerate certain aspects. They are quite divisive and dangerous. And sometimes, they are completely wrong,” said Malaz Majanni, founder and CEO of OnePath Network.
    “If Islam was a person, then Islam would have a very good defamation case against the Murdoch press.” https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/listeningpost/2019/03/christchurch-attacks-islamophobia-media-190325065208420.html
    See also “Islamophobia in the media” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamophobia_in_the_media

  2. Koched up says:

    “…a separate recording appears to also show the two politicians [senior One Nation party members] meeting representatives of the U.S. corporation Koch Industries, which is a key donor dedicated to a number of conservative causes. In that separate discussion, the two far-right politicians similarly appear to imply that they could help change Australian gun laws by changing the country’s voting system.” https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/sell-massacre-nra-playbook-revealed-190325111828105.html
    Re: Koch Industries see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koch_Industries

  3. p/s says:

    An official with the National Rifle Association corresponded with a prominent Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist to call into question the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, emails obtained by HuffPost show. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/exclusive-nra-sandy-hook-hoaxer-parkland-shooting_n_5c8aa54de4b03e83bdbe59eb NRA officer Mark Richardson emailed Wolfgang Halbig, a noted harasser of parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School victims, to float a conspiracy theory about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed last year. “Just like [Sandy Hook], there is so much more to this story,” Richardson said in an email dated Feb. 15, 2018 ― just one day after the Florida shooting. Twenty children and six adults were killed during the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. “[The Parkland shooter] was not alone.” The email was sent from his official NRA email address.
    “NRA officer enlisted a Sandy Hook truther to sow doubt about Parkland shooting, emails show” (Washington Post 3/28/19) https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/03/28/nra-officer-enlisted-sandy-hook-truther-sow-doubt-about-parkland-shooting-emails-show/?utm_term=.d35a0eee868e

  4. Tu meke says:

    New Zealand gun lobby backs ban after Christchurch mosques attack https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/zealand-gun-lobby-backs-ban-christchurch-mosques-attack-190401040859005.html New Zealand will crack down on firearms ownership this week after the Christchurch mosques massacre that killed 50 people.
    In stark contrast to the United States, where even the most minor curbs on gun ownership meet ferocious opposition led by the National Rifle Association, New Zealand gun owners agree action is needed.
    “We want to support our government in any changes to prevent a terrorist attack from happening in New Zealand again,” said Nicole McKee, secretary of the Council of Licensed Firearm Owners.

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