On Friday, National Rifle Association (NRA) spokeswoman Dana Loesch accused the media of “creating” mass shooters by extensively covering suspected perpetrators.
Loesch had the unmitigated audacity to say on NRATV: “[The media] has got to stop creating more of these monsters by over-saturation. I’m not saying don’t responsibly report on things as they happen… I understand it. But constantly showing the image of the murderer, constantly saying their name, is completely unnecessary.”
This echoes Loesch’s comments following the Parkland massacre.
Or, let’s be real, it echoes the National Rifle Associations commentary which has been memorized and repeated ad nauseam by Loesch and other prominent mouthpieces.
“#MSM has got to stop creating more of these monsters by oversaturation. I’m not saying don’t responsibly report on things as they happen. I understand it. But constantly showing the image of the murderer, constantly saying their name, is completely unnecessary.” —@DLoesch #NRA pic.twitter.com/9GjK3sLrDr
— NRATV (@NRATV) May 19, 2018
While she’s been a staple of the NR media team for a while, Loesch really rose to prominence following the Parkland massacre, where she had the unenviable job of being the face of the NRA across media outlets. She had to face down Emma Gonzalez in a now-notorious town hall.
When Gonzalez stepped to the mic, she simply asked Loesch whether she thought it should be more difficult for people to obtain weapons like the AR-15 used to kill 17 of Gonzalez’s classmates and teachers. Loesch, of course, gave a patronizing response. But, as we’ve now come to expect of Emma Gonzalez, she was having none of that. Instead, she interrupted Loesch and asked her question again. Verbatim.
When Loesch attempted to answer to question a second time, the audience erupted in heckling and an audience member could be heard shouting [to Loesch] “You’re a murderer!”