I wish I could say ‘are you kidding me, fellas’ but this is the Democrat-media complex we’re talking about here. Any event that makes conservatives look bad will be rewarded and for CNN, they have compiled quite the list. They’re going to win a Walter Cronkite Award for their abysmal town hall event after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. The USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, a public policy center that focuses on communications and journalism, decided to honor one of the Left’s favorite networks because the event helped “advance the national conversation on gun control and violence.”
CNN's Parkland Town Hall has been honored with a @CronkiteAward. Congrats to @jaketapper and team who helped "advance the national conversation on gun control and violence." @LearCenter https://t.co/fAnFnJEnnn— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) March 19, 2019
Uh, they allowed Scott Israel to blatantly lie about his own culpability and let misrepresentations about the NRA to go unchallenged while treating @DLoesch like she personally shot the kids.— Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) March 19, 2019
But it conformed to media narratives, so…. awards. https://t.co/GLomwi5yzt
In this “town hall,” CNN:— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 19, 2019
— Held up disgraced Sheriff Scott Israel as a hero
— Set up @DLoesch as a culprit for the tragedy
— Sat quietly as @marcorubio was likened to the school killer
— Setup Dem politicians like Ted Deutsch as heroes saving the day. https://t.co/kIcpNCfHsP
For a sense of how chaotic this "town hall" event was, here's the moment the crowd booed @DLoesch after she mentioned a rape survivor, Kimberly Corban, who says a gun could have prevented the assault against her. pic.twitter.com/ouGFHhxniw— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 19, 2019
CNN Parkland Town Hall, a two-hour special, aired only seven days after 17 students and teachers were murdered by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In this “compelling and powerful” forum, moderator Jake Tapper deftly gave generous space to speak to gun control advocates, politicians, Parkland students, parents and a representative from the NRA. The program helped “advance the national conversation on gun control and violence,” the jury said.
This is a total joke. Nothing was advanced. Well, one thing was advanced: the narrative that the Left hates Republicans, gun owners, rural voters, and NRA members. Oh, and the spokesperson for the National Rifle Association, Dana Loesch, was the professional in the room, attending the hostile event, and answering questions from the student body that was rocked by this tragic shooting, which was, once again, not the fault of the NRA. Parkland is in Broward County, one of the bluest, most Democratic bastions in the Sunshine State. This was going to be a circus. Loesch described it as a WWE-style event in a lengthy Twitter threat bashing the event, saying it was a “show,” and one where people verbally harassed her. Yeah, sounds like an environment that’s prime to advance a conversation about gun violence.
Is this a joke? Seriously. https://t.co/Hj7yVCZlhf— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 19, 2019
Here is some footage where people were yelling to burn me at CNN’s award-winning townhall where they “advanced the conversation on gun control.” pic.twitter.com/EYWWj8KcxN— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 19, 2019
Some interesting notes: CNN set this up like a WWE event. Purposefully. They allowed Scott Israel to take the stage before the cameras turned on and electioneer; he took that time (about 20 minutes) to start blaming law-abiding gun owners.— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 19, 2019
When the producers cued me to walk into the arena it was to the Black Eyed Peas’ song “Let’s Get It Started.” I am completely serious. I was shocked and confused — while I knew I was taking questions, we were only told that day that I would actually be on stage.— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 19, 2019
After the broadcast ended, one of my detail had to stop a woman who rushed the stage to tackle me from behind. That is when Tapper asked me if I had an escort out. I am positive that CNN’s cameras, still operational, observed this and would like for them to release the footage.— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 19, 2019
I showed up in good faith for genuine conversation knowing that at best, it would be a tough event. The lengths @CNNPR went to inflame emotions & exploit pain to *put on a show* is inexcusable, shameful, & it’s grotesque they’re celebrating getting an “award” for their conduct.— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 19, 2019
We all know the Left hates the NRA, gun owners, and Republicans. They want to destroy the Second Amendment. This whole event was a North Korean-style kangaroo court that put red state America on trial for something that they didn’t commit. If anything, CNN should be awarded for showing how rabidly anti-gun their base has become, and why Republicans need to tread carefully anytime these clowns want to have a conversation about gun violence. It’s just to lure us onto a platform where we can be attacked. Oh, yeah, and it gave disgraced Sheriff Scott Israel a platform to peddle this nonsense on national television. I mean, let’s go down memory lane and replay some of the craziest moments from this so-called town hall. Here’s a hat tip to Newsbusters for clipping these moments, like when Loesch was called a murderer by this left-wing mob. Oh, and the question was just plain absurd [bold indicates text of question]:
The second portion of CNN’s town hall/mob promoting gun control on Wednesday night featured Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch and, on cue, it was brutally hostile towards Loesch. Along with repeatedly being heckled by students and other attendees as a “murderer,” Stoneman Douglas student Emma Gonzalez questioned Loesch’s motherhood.
Here’s her question in full:
Alright. Dana Loesch, I want to know that we will support your two children in the way that we will not — you will not. The shooter at our school obtained weapons that he used on us legally. Do you believe that it should be harder to obtain the semi-automatic and weapons — weapons, and the modifications for these weapons to make them fully automatic like bump stocks?
Showing true class, Loesch ignored Gonzalez’s smear and instead turned the other cheek by complimenting her “for standing up and speaking out.” She also firmly denounced the well-known conspiracy theories and attacks on the students (ex. Gateway Pundit) because “I don't think that anyone should deny you your voice or deny you your position because you are young.”
Loesch was booed seconds later, but — nevertheless, she persisted.
“Now, I want to answer your question and I want to be allowed the opportunity, which is why I am here, to talk and have this discussion with you all and answer these questions. This is why I came down here. I don't believe that this insane monster should have ever been able to obtain a firearm. Ever. I do not think that he should have gotten his hands on any kind of weapon,” Loesch continued.
She added that, on behalf of the NRA, its millions of members do not believe that the gunman or anyone who was “crazy” should be able to purchase a gun.
Oh, and the time they equated Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to Nikolas Cruz, the shooter:
Cameron Kasky smeared the Senator by equating him to the shooter that killed 17 of his classmates. And Tapper thanked him for all of it.
“I'm sorry, I know I'm not supposed to do this, but I'm not going to listen to that. Senator Rubio, it's hard to look at you and not look down the barrel on an AR-15 and not look at Nikolas Cruz, but the point is: You're here and there are some people who are not,” Kasky spat.
After Rubio answered his question, Kasky began to browbeat him for the money the NRA donated to his campaign, basically insinuating he was being bribed. “And this is about people who are for making a difference to save us and people who are against it and prefer money. So Senator Rubio, can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA in the future,” he demanded as the crowd went crazy.
Oh, and David Hogg, one of the main faces of this new anti-gun push, said that AR-15 owners hunt human beings, or something because they have scary, scary rifles…that are owned by millions of Americans.
Sorry, this whole event was straight trash. It was a massive in-kind media contribution to the anti-gun Left that displayed a gun confiscation circus to the masses. The NRA is not evil, they’re one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the country that promotes the views held by millions of Americans. Freedom, liberty, and the right to own firearms are not perverse. Mob rule, browbeating folks, and berating them for holding differing views because they might not block you from enacting a truly pernicious left-wing agenda is odious. And it’s becoming a hallmark characteristic of left-wing politics. If we cannot convince people, then search and destroy. Heck, you can even lie…because the left-wingers think they’re morally right. That’s the license to peddle fake news or outright garbage to make your case. Oh, and another thing, Loesch and Rubio were deep in enemy territory. They attended a hostile event, took questions, the jabs, and were made available to the public, even if this was an appalling piece of liberal smear theater. Say what you want, but conservatives are willing to do this. Democrats are not. Case in point, Fox News is barred from hosting a Democratic primary debate.
I wish I could be more outraged. I cannot. This has sadly become an “as expected” moment when it comes to the liberal media and their antics. What can we do? Well, for starters, we can vote for Donald Trump in 2020 and watch the liberal media’s world, and that of their viewers, burn to ash again.
Enjoy the circus: