“Reporters on my Twitter feed seem to hate the NRA more than anything else, ever,” Atlantic writer Jeffrey Goldberg noted recently. (In the aftermath of the Aurora, Colorado mass shooting, but before Newtown, Goldberg wrote a balanced assessment of the gun issue in which he advocated both stronger gun controls and more widespread gun ownership.)

When Goldberg made his comment, a writer from The New Republican named Marc Tracy responded, “So either reporters on Twitter are crazy or the NRA is uniquely hateful. Which do you think it is?”

“I think the NRA is ridiculous and horrible, but I think some reporters are fulfilling stereotypes,” Goldberg told Tracy.

“What stereotype?” asked Tracy. “That they think they are smarter and better than a retrograde, evil organization? They are! We are!”