Yes, that was Josselyn Berry who was the press secretary for the governor of Arizona. Yes, that is true. After Nashville was the victim of a transgender attack that killed three children and three teachers. And yes, you can bet your bottom dollar that the national media — which normally would Scream if any Republican at any level in or out of office did anything like it — will remain silent for as long as possible over it (via Ed Driscoll):
The Washington Times It was covered, of course. Fox News, The Daily MailThe New York Post, and — kudos — The Arizona Republic. And unlike the handful of non-conservative media sites that reported on it, the Republic’s Stacey Barchenger reported it properly as a threat of violence:
Gov. Katie Hobbs’ spokesperson suggesting the use of violence against those who disparage transgender people has prompted a backlash and calls for the governor to take action.
Late Monday, Josselyn Berry, a spokesperson for Hobbs, posted a picture on Twitter of the 1980 movie from Hobbs. “Gloria,” A woman is shown holding a handgun in each of her hands. “Us when we see transphobes,” Berry wrote in an accompanying message that was a continuation of a previous message.
The tweet was posted hours after a mass shooting at a Nashville school. Law enforcement authorities identified the shooter as a transgender individual. Republican lawmakers and consultants amplified the tweet Tuesday, praising it for its tone deafening and calling for violence.
“Tone deaf”? Although I gave up intellectual consistency in politics many years ago, it still holds true in an environment with low expectations. After being lectured for years about this topic, I am now ready to take the plunge. “violent imagery” Conservatism from the Left and normal debate “violence,” Katie Hobbs’ press secretary tweets out a call to shoot “transphobes,” Most media ignore it.
Twelve years ago, the national media reacted to the Gabby Giffords shooting in Tucson with an instant and universal condemnation of … Sarah Palin. Why? Palin had run endorsement/support campaigns for Republicans in congressional districts, including Giffords’, with a map showing how her org was targeting the various districts for a GOP flip. Bulls-eye imagery was used in the map, which the media claimed was the trigger for the shooting. The shooter, who was clearly insane and had no political connections, had probably never seen anything about the midterm campaign. That hasn’t stopped the national media from continuing to attempt to tie the shooting to Palin, including the New York Times’ revival of that attack in 2017, which led to a belated (and lame) retraction and a failed libel-defamation lawsuit.
Where’s the NY Times on a clear call to shoot dissenters by a senior Arizona administration official? There is no place to be found, that’s where. Similar to The Washington Post. A Bing news search Of ‘Josselyn Berry transphobe’ This morning at 8:15 ET, only eight links were found. These include all the ones I have already mentioned. These are the other links. HuffPostThis headlines the story about a “trans-rights gun meme”; MeawwThe controversy is headlined by, which claims that it is about “promoting guns” Newsweek, which only reports it via Kari Lake’s reaction:
Kari Lake Blasts ‘Media Bias’ Over Nashville ‘Transphobes’ Gun Post
I don’t want to quibble You can also much. At the very least, these outlets covered it in Some fashion. Only eight media outlets deemed it noteworthy that the press secretary for a sitting US governor endorse killing people because of their political views. The clear takeaway is that this is one of those (D)ifferent cases for the mainstream media, in which their (D)ata (D)etermines that an official’s (D)icta should be (D)efined in the most benign manner possible. Or when that’s impossible, ignored altogether.
We still have Berry and Hobbs. If Hobbs keeps her employed, she is endorsing Berry’s point of view. Arizonans need to ask about the plans of Hobbs’ administration to take their political views over if Berry stays. On that note, I’ll let Matt Walsh have the last word:
This is the contact information for the governor’s office. I’ll be giving it out again tomorrow on my show. Then the next. The next day. We will start to hold these people to the exact same standards and to the exact same rules. pic.twitter.com/VEqxaWAvmj
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) March 29, 2023