ThinkProgress uses deceptive photo to make gun rights activists look threatening

Who, indeed? And yet, here we are — again.

Yesterday, ThinkProgress posted a piece featuring a photo that purportedly depicted open carry advocates in Dallas intimidating a contingent of anti-gun group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America:

From the piece linked above:

According to a spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action (MDA), the moms were inside the Blue Mesa Grill when members of Open Carry Texas (OCT) — an open carry advocacy group — “pull[ed] up in the parking lot and start[ed] getting guns out of their trunks.” The group then waited in the parking lot for the four MDA members to come out. The spokeswoman said that the restaurant manager did not want to call 911, for fear of “inciting a riot” and waited for the gun advocates to leave. The group moved to a nearby Hooters after approximately two hours.

Here’s the photo from that piece:

Looks like there might be some intimidation going on, right? National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke thought so at first:

But as it turns out, ThinkProgress wasn’t presenting the full picture:

Well, well, well.

Show of hands: Who’s shocked that ThinkProgress would play fast and loose with context and deceive its readers?

More from Cooke:

Great question.


http://twitter.com/#!/charlescwcooke/status/399941672336756736

Maybe ThinkProgress just doesn’t care about getting caught.

Exactly. And ultimately, TP’s credibility doesn’t seem to be an issue for some pretty important people:

Yep.

This is just the sort of thing we’ve come to expect from these hacks.

Shameful.

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Update:

Will an apology from Vanity Fair contributing editor Kurt Eichenwald be forthcoming?

We won’t hold our breath.

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Related:

Twitchy coverage of ThinkProgress

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/11/11/busted-thinkprogress-uses-deceptive-photo-to-make-gun-rights-activists-look-threatening/

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