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Ted Nugent in Washington Times: ‘I stand by my statements’

Yesterday this blog pressed the Washington Times to explain its thinking on the comments of its star opinion columnist, Ted Nugent, who said some colorful things, last weekend at a National Rifle Association convention, about President Obama, Democrats, the Constitution and America. The Times failed to respond to numerous inquiries.

Turns out the Washington Times may have been too busy working with Nugent on another column, this one about those very comments. “I stand by my statements,” writes Nugent in his latest piece on the paper’s Web site.

While others saw the glorification of violence against ideological adversaries, Nugent views his words at the convention this way:

My speech, just like every year at the NRA convention, was about the unlimited greatness of this sacred experiment in self-government, thanking the heroes of the U.S. military and law enforcement for their incredible sacrifices while waging war against the enemies of freedom, wherever they may slither.

The rocker concedes that he “named names” but declared, “By no stretch of the imagination did I ever threaten anyone’s life, or hint of violence or mayhem. Metaphors needn’t be explained to educated people.” For the uneducated masses — you dopes — the following is a metaphor and is by no means a threat: “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.”

After penning column upon column in the Washington Times, Human Events and other publications, Nugent is no slouch at provocation. Check out this line, near the end of his piece: “Those who despise me blindly chant Mao Zedong and Che Guevara rants, and the difference between our good and their bad is glaring.” And someone today on cable TV said this guy wasn’t eloquent enough!

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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