- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The National Rifle Association’s media affiliate, NRATV, on Tuesday slammed “dishonest members of the media” who are saying conservative personality Dan Bongino was recently “dropped” by the network.

NRATV issued a statement Tuesday saying it “made every attempt” to keep Mr. Bongino on as host of “We Stand” after The Daily Beast reported a day earlier that said Mr. Bongino was “dropped” by the network amid a rash of downsizing.

Dan Bongino made extremely strong the contributions to NRATV in his time here and we will certainly miss him moving forward,” NRATV said in a statement posted to Twitter. “We made every attempt to retain him in 2019 and wish him the very best in his continued defense of freedom. … Unfortunately, it’s no surprise that several dishonest members of the media jumped on false rumors fed by those who want to weaken the Second Amendment and hurt the voice of gun owners.”

The Daily Beast’s Lachlan Markay published a report Monday titled, “Dan Bongino Out at NRATV,” that said the President Trump-supporting host appeared to be a “casualty” of NRATV “downsizing its media operation.”

Mr. Bongino went on a tweetstorm accusing The Daily Beast and Mr. Markay of publishing “fake news,” saying the reality was that he turned down a “generous” renewal contract with NRATV.



Mr. Bongino also repeatedly tweeted a screenshot of an apparent text from Mr. Markay seeking comment on his position at NRATV.

Asawin Suebsaeng, who contributed to Mr. Markay’s report, responded in a flurry of tweets saying NRATV’s statement actually validated their reporting.

Mr. Suebsaeng also demanded that Mr. Bongino apologize for denigrating his and Mr. Markay’s reporting, to which the conservative commentator responded with a series of laughing emojis.

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