Loesch’s comments on Friday’s edition of her syndicated talk radio program, “The Dana Show”—audio of which is above—included the following:
Can someone explain to me if there’s supposed to be a scandal that someone pees on the corpse of a Taliban fighter? Someone who, as part of an organization, murdered over 3,000 Americans? I’d drop trou and do it, too. That’s me, though. I want a million cool points for these guys.
Loesch’s remarks sparked a firestorm, and prompted her her part-time employer, CNN, to issue the following statement Friday afternoon:
CNN contributors are commentators who express a wide range of viewpoints—on and off of CNN—that often provoke strong agreement or disagreement. Their viewpoints are their own.
OK, fair enough! Well, except that this “What happens outside of CNN, stays outside of CNN” policy of sorts wasn’t applied in 2010, when the network fired longtime Middle East editor Octavia Nasr for a tweet in which she expressed sadness over the death of a Hezbollah leader.
At the time Nasr was fired, the network didn’t comment publicly except to say that her tweet “did not meet CNN’s editorial standards.”
Loesch’s comments, it would appear, did.
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