The National Rifle Association is creating a news company, starting an Internet talk show, and preparing to buy a radio station to speak about candidates and gun rights, reports the Associated Press. The 4 million-member gun lobby planned to start NRANews.com today.
AP says that the NRA hopes to operate free of political spending limits, using unlimited donations known as soft money to focus on gun issues and candidates’ positions despite legal limits soft money-financed political ads close to elections. “Someone needs to show the court and the politicians how absurd their speech gag on the American public is,” said Wayne LaPierre, NRA executive vice president. “This is an act of defiance. But it’s also in 100 percent compliance with the law.” The NRA plans to own a news operation “just as Disney owns ABC, just as GE owns NBC, just as Time Warner AOL owns CNN, and be the broadcast journalist equivalent of those outlets,” LaPierre said.