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Right after Parkland, Dana Loesch did something that couldn’t have been easy. She went on a CNN town hall to provide a pro-gun voice. In the process, she was heckled, berated, and accused of being pretty much every kind of monster imaginable. Through it all, she sat there. She was a consummate pro throughout the entire ordeal.

Now, it seems that CNN has been awarded the Walter Cronkite Award for that complete cluster-flop of a town hall. Loesch, however, isn’t rolling over and playing nice this time.

On Tuesday, CNN announced that it had received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism for its “Parkland Town Hall,” held after the Feb. 14, 2018, massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. The University of Southern California’s Norman Lear Center commended the liberal network for a “compelling and powerful forum” and praised CNN anchor Jake Tapper for offering a “generous space” for the Parkland students, politicians, and the NRA representative, adding that the town hall helped “advance the national conversation on gun control and violence.”

Loesch took issue with that assessment on Twitter, however.

“Is this a joke? Seriously,” Loesch tweeted.

The conservative pundit then shared several clips showing a hostile crowd booing and yelling “shame on you,” which she insisted did not “advance the conversation on gun control.”

She then accused CNN of purposefully setting up the town hall “like a WWE event” and allowing Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel to take the stage before the cameras were turned on and spent 20 minutes “blaming law-abiding gun owners.”

Loesch also alleged that a woman “rushed to the stage to tackle me from behind” but was stopped by someone from her detail, which prompted Tapper to ask her if she had an escort out. She insisted that CNN had captured the entire exchange on camera and called on the network to release the footage.

I don’t blame her for being angry. She was turned into the national whipping girl on live television. CNN did nothing to manage that entire “event,” and now they’re getting an award for it?

Is it any wonder that trust in the media is at an all-time low?

The town hall didn’t “advance the conversation” on guns. It was nothing more than a privately-funded “two minutes of hate.” Only instead of Emmanual Goldstein, we had Dana Loesch. The biggest difference is that Loesch is a real, living, breathing human being who has had her life upended by the hatred and vitriol that’s been directed at her.

The award is worth less than an equal weight of cow crap. The excrement can at least be used to fertilize your lawn. The award isn’t anything more than self-congratulatory nonsense by an industry so far up its rectum that it has to open its mouth to see daylight.

At the end of the day, Loesch is bashing the award, and she should have. It was just shy of a lynch mob and CNN did nothing to curb that but instead capitalized on it.

As a result, there are a lot of people on this side of the aisle on guns that have no interest in speaking with CNN. Way to advance that conversation, don’t you think?