Dana Loesch NRA fisking

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Did an NRA spokesperson really say she wanted to ‘fist’ the New York Times?

This has caused quite a controversy.


Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on Aug 5, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 9:35 pm CDT

NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch has made waves recently with her viral videos in which she has made flippant Holocaust jokes about the CNN-Donald Trump feud and has used vitriol and anger to incite excitement among conservatives and Second Amendment enthusiasts.

Now, people are wondering if she wants to “fist” the New York Times.

In her latest video, Loesch on Thursday went after the newspaper, saying she’s had it with “your narratives, your propaganda, your fake news … your constant protection of your Democrat overloads” and that “we’re coming for you.”

But at the 29-second mark of the video, Loesch confused some Twitter users when she appeared, on first listen to say, “We’re going to fist the New York Times …”

At least, that’s what some people believed, particularly since the hashtag on the video was #ClenchedFistofTruth. That included status updates from the TimesAdam Goldman and the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, both of whom have since deleted their initial tweets that wondered why Loesch had used the word “fist.”

But no, that’s not what she said. She didn’t actually imply she wanted to put her fist into an orifice of the newspaper. Instead, what she said was “fisk”—which, according to Your Dictionary, means “to criticize and refute (a published article or argument), especially in point-by-point or line-by-line fashion on a blog.”

And Loesch was outraged she had been misinterpreted.

OK, she said “fisk” and not “fisk.” I hope everybody here has learned something, if you actually stuck around for the debate.

H/T Mediaite

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*First Published: Aug 5, 2017, 10:15 am CDT