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‘Is this a joke?’ NRA’s Dana Loesch speaks up about CNN’s award for town hall where she was ambushed Jerry Springer-style

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Dana Loesch blasted CNN for accepting an “absolute sham of an award” for a televised town hall that the network “set up like a WWE event.”

The National Rifle Association spokeswoman unleashed a scathing rebuke of the network following an award for its “Parkland Town Hall,” which was held after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida in February 2018.

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The University of Southern California’s Norman Lear Center applauded CNN for a “compelling and powerful forum” in announcing the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism. Praise was also heaped on the network’s anchor, Jake Tapper, who “deftly gave generous space to speak to gun control advocates, politicians, Parkland students, parents and a representative from the NRA.”

The program allegedly helped “advance the national conversation on gun control and violence.”

Loesch begged to differ.

“Is this a joke? Seriously,” the nationally syndicated radio show host tweeted.

“Here is some footage where people were yelling to burn me at CNN’s award-winning townhall where they ‘advanced the conversation on gun control,'” Loesch mocked in a follow up tweet along with video from the event that took place just days after the mass shooting that left 17 people dead.

Loesch continued her sarcastic rebuke of CNN for its sham of a town hall in which she was heckled and confronted by angry students and parents who were affected by the shooting.

“This is what happened when the cameras turned off at CNN’s award-winning town hall. They’re proud of it,” she wrote in another tweet accompanied by a video showing the crowd booing and yelling “Shame on you!”

Loesch accused CNN of intentionally setting up the town hall “like a WWE event” while the network allowed  Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel to take the stage before the cameras were even turned on. She also revealed that she was “shocked and confused” when she was cued to walk on stage.

A woman “rushed to the stage to tackle me from behind,” Loesch recounted, adding that Tapper asked if she need an escort out of the building to keep her safe.

“I showed up in good faith for genuine conversation knowing that at best, it would be a tough event. The lengths CNN went to inflame emotions & exploit pain to *put on a show* is inexcusable, shameful, & it’s grotesque they’re celebrating getting an ‘award’ for their conduct,”Loesch continued. “Those with integrity would reject this absolute sham of an award. But, narratives and ratings. Congrats on the ‘show,’ CNN. Applause, applause.”

Loesch concluded her comments by inviting anyone to discuss the issue with her on the air, again slamming CNN for the bogus event which unfairly set her and Florida Republican Sen. Marc Rubio up as the bad guys. Israel, who pompously defended his Department’s handling of the tragedy and battled Loesch head on in the town hall, was suspended by newly elected Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier this year for his office’s mishandling of the shooting.

Loesch was not alone in her disbelief and reproach for CNN and its “excellence” award.

Frieda Powers

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