- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 22, 2018

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch on Thursday offered a blistering critique of “the legacy media” while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) outside Washington.

One of the Second Amendment’s most high-profile supporters took the stage in  Oxon Hill, Maryland, less than 24 hours after a CNN town hall debate in Florida. Mrs. Loesch told attendees at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center that producers “love” the ratings generated by “crying white mothers” after shootings.

“I’m going to say something that some people are going to say is controversial,” she said, the Daily Caller reported. “So I’ll say it really slowly, so all the people on the platform in the back can hear me loud and clear. Many in the legacy media love mass shootings. You guys love it. Now, I’m not saying you love the tragedy, but I am saying that you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold to you and many in the legacy media in the back.”

“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?” she continued. “Where’s the CNN town hall for Chicago?”

The Windy City recorded 3,457 shooting victims and 650 murders in 2017.

“They cheered the confiscation of firearms,” Mrs. Loesch said of those who attended CNN’s event on the Parkland shooting massacre. “It was over 5,000 people. I had to have a security detail to get out. There were people rushing the stage and screaming ‘burn her!’”

Nikolas Cruz, 19, was arrested Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. He was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and is being held without bond.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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