How a Man Accused of Threatening His Wife With a Gun Became a Conservative Media Hero
It’s a stretch to compare the allegations against Witaschek to Gregory’s display of an ammunition magazine for educational purposes, yet conservative media have lauded Witaschek, crying unfair persecution. In some cases conservative media have even distorted the circumstances of Witaschek’s case to present him as a more sympathetic figure.
Miller, who first brought attention to Witaschek’s case, has written “[t]he charges against Mr. Witaschek should be dropped” and called him a “hero” on the National Rifle Association’s televised news show. In a January 20 column for the Times, Miller lamented that Gregory got off “scot-free” and wrote, “Mr. Witaschek deserves the same treatment as the powerful TV anchor Mr. Gregory.”
Fox News has also hyped the flawed Gregory comparison to defend Witaschek. On the February 11 edition of Fox & Friends, co-host Clayton Morris said “It seems to me a double standard. David Gregory of NBC when he held up on camera a 30-round magazine and he got let off scot-free.” Morris concluded the segment by wishing Witaschek “the best of luck” at an upcoming court hearing.
Morris described the execution of a valid search warrant against Witaschek as “the government coming into your home.” Witaschek also presented a sanitized version of the domestic abuse allegations against him which he described thusly: “I had a former relationship that I was in and this person accused me of making a threat and as soon as she mentioned firearms to the police they took a great deal of interest in it.”