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Dana Loesch: No defender of Todd Akin

Do NOT accuse CNN and Breitbart commentator Dana Loesch of defending Missouri congressman-cum-Mr. Legitimate Rape Todd Akin. If you do, you’re dumb.

Even though Loesch tweeted this ...

Seems to me like Akin was trying to fit medical explanation into a soundbite. Not the best statement, but some are stretching it majorly.

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 19, 2012

... and this ...

Akin failed a soundbite. Wah. Bloomberg and Harkin talked about controlling women’s bodies and you want to act offended?

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 19, 2012

... she doesn’t consider them defenses of Akin, as she explained in this tweet:

The less intelligent can spin that I’m defending his speech. I’m attacking your hypocritical overreactions. Get it right.

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 19, 2012

Count me among the less intelligent. Attacking the “overreactions” of Akin’s many, many critics — how is that not sticking up for the guy himself? Doesn’t the “enemy of my enemy is my friend” doctrine apply here? Not according to Loesch, apparently. Give her credit, though. She’s well-practiced in slime deflection.

In January, she made some memorable remarks on her radio show regarding to the news that Marines had urinated on the corpses of fallen Taliban fighters. Though the Marine Corps deplored the a ct, Loesch struck a different tone:

“Can someone explain to me if there’s supposed to be a scandal that someone pees on the corpse of a Taliban fighter — someone who, as part of an organization, murdered over 3,000 Americans. I’d drop trou and do it too. That’s me, though. I want a million cool points for these guys.”

Outrage followed, giving Loesch another opportunity to raise her profile. In a post on’s Big Journalism site, Loesch once again showcased her dexterity with distinctions:

There is a difference in advocating for the Marines to break the law, which I didn’t do, and defending them from overly-dramatic hysteria. I was using absurdity to highlight absurdity.

Ah, the Hysteria Protection Act. That’s precisely the initiative she spearheaded during the Rush Limbaugh-Sandra Fluke fiasco. The backlash against “El Rushbo” was just too much for Loesch:

More have admonished Limbaugh’s description of Sandra Fluke than admonished a 30 year-old woman embarrassing herself before congress by testifying that she simply cannot stop getting it on and her inability to control her urges constitutes infringing upon everyone else for a bailout.

Imagine that — multimillionaire radio talk-show host calls some woman a “slut” on the air and sustains criticism. But hey, don’t say that Loesch was defending Limbaugh. Just tamping down all those overreactions.

I have reached out to Loesch for comment on this and haven’t yet heard back.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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