Fresh off a tense CNN town-hall event on gun control Wednesday night, National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch bashed the media for its coverage of gun violence Thursday morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). “Now I’m going to say something that some people are going to say is controversial,” said Loesch. “So I’ll say it really slowly so all the people on the platform in the back [media area] can hear me loud and clear: Many in legacy media love mass shootings. You guys love it.”
Don’t get Loesch wrong. She clarified that she wasn’t alleging that media folks love tragedy. “But I am saying that you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold. … And notice that I said ‘crying white mothers’ because there are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago every weekend. Where’s the CNN town hall for Chicago?” On Wednesday night, CNN’s Jake Tapper hosted a town hall featuring survivors of last week’s Parkland, Fla., school shooting and congressional lawmakers; Loesch also answered pointed questions about gun control.
For the record: CNN did a previous gun town hall in January 2016, just weeks after 14 died in the San Bernardino, Calif., mass shooting. The Erik Wemple Blog looks forward to a Chicago edition of this format.
As for Chicago gun coverage, though, don’t be fooled: CNN has done plenty of it, in story after story after story after story after story after story after story. Under the direction of host Chris Hayes, MSNBC did a town hall on Chicago violence. The New York Times in 2016 dispatched a platoon of reporters and other staffers to chronicle Chicago gun violence. For even more on the topic, go to Fox News!
Loesch had other recommendations: “Where is the CNN town hall for sanctuary cities? Where was the CNN town hall for Jamiel Shaw Sr., whose son was murdered by someone who illegally entered the country … where was his voice?” Thanks, NRA spokeswoman, for the story tips — on the gun-violence front, there sure is a lot to cover.
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