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Dana Loesch’s anti-media rhetoric resurfaces after Capital Gazette shooting

She claimed on Twitter that she was referring to stories being curb stomped.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Jun 29, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 12:15 pm CDT

National Rifle Association (NRA) spokeswoman Dana Loesch is defending herself after a clip of her talking about the media being curb stomped was brought up in the wake of the Capital Gazette shooting on Thursday.

Loesch got into a Twitter-spat with journalist Shaun King after he posted a video clip of the NRA spokeswoman speaking on a show on NRATV in 2016.

In the clip, Loesh said she would be “very glad to see” the media be “curb-stomped.”

After King tweeted out the clip, the NRA spokeswoman claimed that the clip was taken out of context, and said she was referring specifically to “debunked reports” being “curb-stomped,” not the media.

However, a Media Matters for America transcript of the interview—which Loesch gave with NRATV host Grant Stinchfield shortly after the 2016 election—doesn’t help her case very much.

During the interview, the NRA spokeswoman criticizes media coverage in the past and says the press “impugned the character of half of the country.”

She also complains that “nobody gets a fair shake on policy” before calling the media “the rat bastards of the earth” and “the boil on the backside of American politics.”

While Loesch said she was referring to “stories” being curb-stomped, a blog post published by the NRA-backed America’s 1st Freedom website wrote a headline about the interview where it says she was “happy to see mainstream media ‘curb-stomped.'”


The spokeswoman’s anti-media comments are one of several recent comments by right-wing commentators, and even President Donald Trump, that have been criticized in the wake of the Gazette shooting on Thursday.

People online weren’t buying Loesch’s defense.

Loesch is known for her incendiary remarks against the press.

Earlier this year she was widely-mocked for an NRA ad she starred in where she looked like she was about to burn a copy of the New York Times and asked her followers to “fight their violence of lies with the fire of truth.”

On Twitter, Loesch denied that her rhetoric had anything to do with the Capital Gazette shooting.


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*First Published: Jun 29, 2018, 10:29 am CDT