Former NRA president to lead Washington Times opinion pages
July 15th, 2013
01:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Former NRA president to lead Washington Times opinion pages

Washington (CNN) – Fresh off his stint running America's largest firearms lobby organization, former National Rifle Association President David Keene will now be directing conservative voices as the Washington Times' new opinion editor.

In an announcement Sunday, the president and CEO of the Washington Times called the former American Conservative Union chairman "a tireless advocate for conservatism," said Larry Beasley.

Keene's two-year presidency of the NRA ended in May. He has risen to an increased level of prominence among conservatives in recent months thanks to the NRA's lobbying efforts against gun control legislation after the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

The Washington Times chose Keene because "he is perfectly suited to craft the fresh policy ideas our readers have come to expect from The Washington Times' opinion pages," said the paper's editor, John Solomon. Keene will help the paper "to inspire a new generation of conservatives to find their voice."

Keene's conservative bona fides extend well beyond his experience with the NRA, including as organizer of the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference. At the 2011 CPAC, Keene lauded an "awakening" of political conservatives in the United States.

It is with the gun lobby that Keene has become best known, leading the NRA's efforts against gun control legislation.

In January, Keene told CNN "we are mobilizing for a fight" against gun control.

The Washington Times applauded Keene and the NRA's "successful effort to block new restrictions on gun ownership and sales," persuading "the Senate to reject the gun control measures." That effort had a majority of senators voting in favor of moving forward with a bipartisan measure for expanded background checks, but it still fell short of the 60-vote threshold required to proceed. Supporters of gun control have vowed to try again.

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NRA lobbying efforts overseen by Keene included a controversial ad pointing out that President Barack Obama's daughters have armed guards while many public schools do not.

Keene expressed enthusiasm for the new job in the Times' statement. "Since its founding, The Washington Times has played a vital role as the conservative newspaper in Washington," he said. "Our challenge is to expand our reach in new media and in this political era to provide a reliable, readable resource for conservatives and others across the country."


Filed under: CPAC 2011 • Gun control • NRA
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Just this will make things "fair and balanced" then...

    July 15, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Hooper

    How convoluted can it get?

    July 15, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. rs

    Not that the Washington Times isn't completely in the bag for the Right, adding Keene will simply make it insane.

    July 15, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Pass Gun-Ban laws. Period.

    July 15, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. rs

    just sayin

    it is high time that conservatives start getting representation on these boards. the massive number of leftists writing their garbage has to be countered.
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    Maybe there just aren't that many "conservatives" left. They seem to have been replaced with extremely radical culture warriors- i.e. people not really Conservative.

    July 15, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Bob

    Keene was a paid stoodge for the terrorist supporting NRA.

    July 15, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. Econ for dummies

    one day these kinds of conservatives will be dead, and the politics of race and paranoia will gone.

    July 15, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Boo

    Oh...great.....anothe gun loving conservative head case....

    July 15, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    just sayin

    it is high time that conservatives start getting representation on these boards. the massive number of leftists writing their garbage has to be countered.
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    Do you honestly believe that the individual Keene is replacing at the *conservative* Washington Times could have been anything less than a serious conservative?

    July 15, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. sonny chapman

    Propaganda is protected by the First Amendment.

    July 15, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Data Driven

    Washington Times. LOL.

    July 15, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. yes, the truth hurts

    Bob - Keene was a paid stoodge for the terrorist supporting NRA.
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    Ruth Bader Ginzburg was a paid stooge at the ACLU and now she sits on the Supreme Court. Insane.

    July 15, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Steveo

    @rs

    Not that the Washington Times isn't completely in the bag for the Right, adding Keene will simply make it insane.
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    The Times just balances out the media that is bagged up tight for the left. Ying/Yang kinda thing!

    July 15, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Maybe there just aren't that many "conservatives" left."

    Oh, they are still around, rs. Unfortunately, they no longer have a say ... media wise. As it is, the TEAperville days are nearly over. After 2016, the unsavory, and the unelectable, will no longer be heard from.

    What angers me most is that the Grand Old Party is so very happy to allow the radicals this little bit of media attention
    now - without comment.

    TEAperville is NOT good for America, never has been, and never will be. That the GOP powers that be know this as well ... is hypocrisy at its best. GOP leadership and the media are playing a game. A very dangerous game. Nevertheless, it's a winner take all political game ... regardless of the consequences.

    July 15, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |