The flash point was Thomas the Tank Engine. Last September, the NRA’s famously combative spokeswoman, Dana Loesch, provoked widespread outrage when she took to the gun group’s streaming service to mock ethnic diversity on the popular children’s program “Thomas & Friends,” portraying the show’s talking trains in Ku Klux Klan hoods. Now, growing unease over the site’s inflammatory rhetoric, and whether it has strayed too far from the NRA’s core gun-rights mission, has put its future in doubt. The site, NRATV, is a central part of the organization’s messaging apparatus.
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