Speaking in front of the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, NRA spoksperson Dana Loesch made this wildly out of touch statement:
“Many in legacy media love mass shootings. You guys love it. I’m not saying you love the tragedy. But I am saying that you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold… And notice I said crying white mothers because there are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago every weekend and you don’t see town halls for them do you?”
Umm, perhaps Loesch missed this:
That wasn't the only lie Loesch told during her speech that was meant to be rile up conservatives.
There was also this:
And it was over 5K people. I had to have a security detail to get out. I wouldn’t have been able to exit that if I did not have a private security detail. There were people rushing the stage and screaming ‘Burn her!’ And I came there to talk solutions.
Video has surfaced proving this was also false. In the video Loesch can be seen leaving the stage without incident. No one is rushing the stage or approaching her as she exits. The crowd is merely chanting, "Shame on you!"
With all the lies she's telling, can you blame them?
But by far the most damning lie Loesch spewed at the conference was saying the media loved mass shootings.
Many journalists took to Twitter to explain what it's really like covering mass shootings, over and over in this country:
And you've spent days looking at victims, and reading their stories, and talking to grieving families and survivors, and batting down hoaxes and all the other stuff that is really enjoyable and doesn’t at all make you despair for humanity.— Lisa Tozzi (@lisatozzi) February 22, 2018
There's nothing more horrific, crushing, draining & painful than covering mass shootings. I vomited while covering the San Bernardino attack I was so overwhelmed. I often can't sleep for days after going to shooting sites, so many I've lost count. No love, I literally hate them. https://t.co/IiSOxO2mcO— Matt Ferner (@matthewferner) February 22, 2018
WATCH: #VelshiRuhle respond to the NRA's Dana Loesch, who suggested the media loves covering mass shootings for ratings.— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 22, 2018
"I hate this more than I hate anything else that I do in my job. To suggest that we enjoy this ... it's just a terrible approach." pic.twitter.com/CGr7kT5S64
What I remember from covering mass shootings: Dry heaving after an interview, days spent fighting tears, evenings spent reeling and mourning. It never gets easier. Reporting on carnage is the most devastating part of any journalist's job. https://t.co/ywXFD1jFjn— Jane C. Timm (@janestreet) February 22, 2018
If I were a college journalism professor, I’d start teaching a chapter/lesson on covering mass shootings to my classes for the foreseeable future. Many young (and not-so-young) reporters unprepared for the anguish, confusion, rumors, and magnitude of these ongoing events.— Ted Land (@TedLandK5) February 15, 2018
Doing journalism for a living is a privilege and an important public service. And covering mass shootings, even from the safe remove of a newsroom, is mentally and emotionally grueling. It'll mess you up. Ask my friends and family, who watched me do it for 2.5 years. https://t.co/DqWV6TpMkR— Chloe Angyal (@ChloeAngyal) February 22, 2018
It's so dishonest to suggest we find pleasure in writing about such horrific events. Covering mass shootings — or any other types of trauma — leaves many of us with PTSD. But we still do our jobs because we have a responsibility to the public. https://t.co/YO162iPGgL— Andrea González-Ramírez (@andreagonram) February 22, 2018
I hate mass shootings.— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) February 22, 2018
I hate that I feel compelled to write that down.
You're wrong. We do not love mass shootings. My staff and I covered Dec 2 shootings in San Bernardino. We work, live, shop, play, and worship in the community we cover. We've experienced the effect on our community, neighbors and coworkers, and it's devastating. You're wrong. https://t.co/6RLwbdr7aq— Rick Sforza (@RickSforza) February 22, 2018
Shame on her, indeed.