‘What CNN did not tell people…’: Loesch hammers CNN for ‘sham’ award, Tapper ‘runs to a safe place’

National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch questioned CNN’s “ethics” as she continued to blast the network which was just awarded for a town hall that was certainly “not a journalistic endeavor.”

The nationally syndicated radio host slammed the “biased” town hall which was held days after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year, as her scathing rebukes even led Jake Tapper to tuck tail and unfollow her on social media.

 

Loesch again ripped CNN for being awarded the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism for its “Parkland Town Hall” which was held days after the Florida mass shooting in 2018 that left 17 people dead, telling Fox News host Tucker Carlson that it was “an embarrassing display of bias.”

She explained that she was not told she was even going to be participating at the town hall until one day before the event, and only learned that she would be on stage answering questions as she arrived at the venue for the televised prime-time show.

“What CNN did not tell people is that they allowed and invited politicians to come up on stage and electioneer.  Scott Israel was able to make an electioneering speech before this even began in which he already started deflecting blame by putting it on me,” she said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Wednesday, referring to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who has since been fired by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“It was treated as this — I think, for ratings,” she said. “They tried to stylize this to try to make it most emotionally impactful. I question the ethics of them putting it on this way. This wasn’t a journalistic endeavor. They had this town hall literally titled — it was called, ‘Stand Up: Students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Demand Action.’

Loesch was heckled and confronted by angry students and parents who were affected by the shooting at the televised event which was also attended by Florida Republican Sen. Marc Rubio.

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“That’s not a journalistic endeavor. That is not a journalistic enterprise. That’s advocacy,” she said of CNN’s intent with the town hall.

“I have never been in a situation like that. I’ve never been in a situation where that I had someone rush me from behind and try to get me and a member of my detail grabbed them,” she recounted, shredding CNN for continuing to go “unchallenged” on the air with accusations against “not just my integrity as a person and as a mother, but also millions of law-abiding gun owners.”

“What this town hall did was set dialogue back by … I don’t know how much,” Loesch added. “It was an embarrassing display of bias and they should feel ashamed instead of back-patting themselves for this.”

“For them to say that this advanced the national conversation on gun control is like saying the Salem Witch Trials advanced the conversation on women’s rights,” she said, referring to the award which the University of Southern California’s Norman Lear Center applauded as a “compelling and powerful forum.”

Loesch had roasted the network and the award on Twitter Tuesday, posting several videos that showed the hostile crowd chanting “Shame on you” and confronting the NRA spokeswoman on the issue.

The award given to CNN lauded the program which allegedly helped “advance the national conversation on gun control and violence” and 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.”

Tapper’s show, “The Lead” celebrated its win and gave a shout out to the CNN host, prompting Loesch to ask “where is my share of the award?”

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Apparently, Loesch’s criticisms hit too close to home as she later gave a sarcastic shout out to Tapper for unfollowing her on Twitter.

The conservative commentator added that she was “not sorry” for being the one to call out the sheriff’s failures and CNN’s exploitation of the tragedy.

Andrew Pollack, who lost his daughter Meadow in the Parkland massacre, agreed that Loesch was the only one at the town hall to correctly point out the system failures that allowed the killer to get his weapons in the first place.

“That town hall was a shameful display. Disgusting,” Parkland student Kyle Kashuv added in a tweet.

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