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  • NRATV correspondent compares a black waiter to President Obama, says that job "meets his qualifications" 

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    NRATV correspondent Chuck Holton tweeted a picture of himself with a black waiter on April 16, writing that he “ran into Barack Obama” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who finally has “a job which meets his qualifications.” 

    Holton appears daily as a commentator on NRATV’s news-of-the-day show Stinchfield and has guest hosted the program when the show's host Grant Stinchfield is out. He also co-hosts NRATV international affairs program Frontlines with Oliver North.

    Holton has a history of making disparaging and sometimes racially charged comments about the former president. In November 2016, Holton commented that a picture of President Donald Trump shaking Obama’s hand was a photo of “Trump grabbing a pussy.” Two days after Trump’s inauguration in 2017, Holton made a reference towards Obama’s race when he tweeted, “Let’s get busy scrubbing Obama’s mocacchino stain off of America!”

    In August 2016, Holton called into the NRA’s talk radio show Cam & Co. to say that white privilege is just “a culture of responsibility,” and told black Americans, “You’re welcome to come. All you have to do is join us in respecting authority and taking responsibility for your own actions.” During a July 2017 appearance on Stinchfield, Holton warned of the prospect of Black Lives Matter protesters committing mass rape and murder against white people.  

    He also frequently retweets Stefan Molyneux, a far-right commentator known for promoting scientific racism, eugenics, and white supremacy on his YouTube channel.

  • NRATV and Dana Loesch to host pro-gun pundit who called Parkland students "silly little immature ‘media prosti-tots’”

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    NRATV, the National Rifle Association’s media outlet, announced on April 6 it would be hosting gun activist Mark Robinson during that evening’s broadcast of NRA national spokesperson Dana Loesch’s show Relentless. Robinson, who recently went viral after making pro-gun comments during a town hall in Greensboro, NC, has a lengthy history of bigoted statements.

    Robinson previously appeared on Fox News’ Fox & Friends after his town hall comment demanding politicians “start standing up for” gun owners who have never shot anybody gained nationwide attention on social media.

    As first reported by Shareblue’s Oliver Willis, who previously worked for Media Matters, Robinson has made a litany of bigoted and offensive comments on his Facebook account. The gun activist has called LGBTQ people “devil worshiping child molesters,” referred to some black Democrats as “slaves,” called the Parkland survivors “silly little immature ‘media prosti-tots’” and used a male pronoun to describe Michelle Obama.

    Robinson also appeared on the April 6 broadcast of NRATV's talk radio program Cam & Company.

  • NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch’s new NRATV show will be an hour-long attack on the press

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    The National Rifle Association’s media outlet NRATV has announced that spokesperson Dana Loesch will take on the “lying” media in a new hour-long show debuting March 26. Commentators are increasingly realizing that the NRA -- which has a history of making bad-faith attacks on media -- uses the national press as a boogeyman to deflect criticism while the group continues to oppose reforms to gun laws amid an ongoing American gun violence epidemic.

  • NRATV taunts Parkland students over their dead classmates

    Colion Noir to Parkland survivors: If an armed guard had stopped the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, “your classmates would still be alive, and no one would know your names.”

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    NRATV host Colion Noir taunted the survivors of the Parkland, FL, school shooting who have been speaking out against gun violence, telling them he wished an armed officer had been there to stop the attack because then “no one would know your names.”

    The season-seven premiere of NRATV’s Noir comes amid repeated calls for stronger gun safety regulations after the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and just days before the student-led March For Our Lives event in Washington, D.C.

    During the March 22 episode, Noir brought up the recent Great Mills High School shooting in Maryland and told Parkland survivors he wishes an armed guard had stopped the shooting at their school because “your classmates would still be alive, and no one would know your names”:

    COLION NOIR (NRATV host): To all the kids from Parkland getting ready to use your First Amendment to attack everyone else’s Second Amendment at your march on Saturday, I wish a hero like [Great Mills High School resource officer] Blaine [Gaskill] had been at Marjory Douglas High School last month, because your classmates would still be alive, and no one would know your names. Because the media would have completely and utterly ignored your story the way they ignored his.

    There was an armed police guard at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, but he did not attempt to confront the shooter, contrary to what police are trained to do in an active shooter situation. Hours after NRATV published the Noir episode, 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey, a victim of the Maryland school shooting, died from her injuries.

    During the episode, Noir also slammed the upcoming March For Our Lives as “one-sided, logic-deprived, and intellectually dishonest” and called it a “festival masquerading as a march.” Noir went on to question what the students are marching for, claiming that it “looks like a march to burn the Constitution and rewrite the parts that you all like in crayon.”

    In a March 19 teaser for his newest season, Noir used the Parkland shooting to suggest that school staff should be armed with assault weapons, asking, “What if the football coach who heroically sacrificed his life” during the Parkland shooting “had an AR-15 instead of empty hands?”

    Noir has a history of attacking people who speak out after being impacted by gun violence. These latest videos follow Noir’s 2015 warning to the parents of slain Virginia journalist Alison Parker to not become “so emotional” that they turn their child’s murder “into a gun control dog-and-pony show minutes after the shooting because you can’t make sense of what happened.”

    And in a video on his personal YouTube page, Noir criticized Kim Kardashian West’s support for National Gun Violence Awareness day by baselessly suggesting she has “severe mental illnesses” including “PTSD” after being robbed at gunpoint in Paris.

    After the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, FL, Noir attacked calls for stronger gun laws by writing on Twitter, “Even children aren't short sighted enough to think gun control is a rational response to terrorism. They say make the monster go away.”

  • NRATV’s resident sexist attacks “sexy” female MSNBC host on International Women’s Day

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    NRATV commentator Colion Noir added to his history of misogynistic comments when he criticized “sexy” MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski for being part of the “largest gun conversation this country has ever had.”

    The National Rifle Association media platform’s newest commentator video comes amid repeated calls for stronger gun safety regulation after a February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, left 17 dead.

    In the video posted on International Women’s Day, Noir claimed Brzezinski’s “entire knowledge on guns is based on the … Google search she did while standing in a Starbucks line.” Noir went on to say that despite this supposed lack of knowledge, Brzezinski “gets to be part of the conversation” while he “can’t be.” From the March 8 edition of NRATV’s Commentators:

    COLION NOIR (NRATV HOST): Right now America is having the largest gun conversation this country has ever had, and no one bothered to actually invite the gun owners. Sure, they talk about gun owners, but they don't actually want them part of the conversation. Unless they need a bad guy to verbally accost, that is. They treat the conversation on guns like a line outside of a night club. And the asshole bouncer is our mainstream media. Sexy cable news anchor whose entire knowledge on guns is based on the "what is an assault weapons" Google search she did while standing in a Starbucks line this morning before work -- she gets to be part of the conversation. Sycophantic Democratic politician who believes we lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence -- he gets to be part of the conversation. Anti-gun groups financed by anti-gun megalomaniac billionaire, outed for lying and falsifying stats on guns -- they get to be part of the conversation. Journalist who, in an attempt to prove how easy it is to buy a gun in America, tries to buy a gun only to fail the background check because of his history with alcohol abuse and domestic battery charge -- he gets to be part of the conversation. But 34-year-old attorney with 11 years of gun advocacy documented online, in print, and video, who is also an NRA commentator, gets invited to ask the current president a Second Amendment question only to have the White House say sorry, we're going to focus on other topics and are going to find another participant in place of the gun topic. And then watch in confusion as they talk about guns. No, he can't be a part of the conversation. That's a true story, by the way, circa 2013, but I digress.

    The NRATV commentator’s latest video adds to a long list of sexist comments he’s made, including referring to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as “THOT” (which means “that ho over there”) in a tweet because of her support for stronger gun laws and comparing paying taxes on a firearm purchase to rape in another tweet. (He later apologized for the latter claim.)

    During previous NRA videos, Noir also often intertwined his commentary on guns with commentary on women. In one instance, the video opened with a scene of a stylishly dressed woman standing in an alley. Doing a voice-over, Noir appeared to describe the woman, ranging from her clothing ("Her Jimmy Choos can't be comfortable, but you'd never know it"), to her intellect ("Chess, yeah it's a men's game, but when she plays, men pay"), to her actions ("Flirts more than you can handle, too. She's the kind to tell the bartender how to make her drink"). But in the final shot, the woman was seen holding a Heckler & Koch MR556 assault weapon and Noir revealed he was talking about the firearm the whole time (however nonsensically).