CNN host Piers Morgan announced Wednesday night that he is banning conservative provocateur and right wing media scold Dana Loesch from his program. According to Politico, the two engaged in a fearsome Twitter spat that culminated with Morgan making the pronouncement.
The two media personalities fell out over remarks that Loesch made on Twitter in the wake of the beheading of a British soldier in a grisly London attack Wednesday afternoon, an attack the British government has deemed an act of terrorism.
“Was the guy with the machete a member of the NRA? Asking for a friend,” Loesch tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
Exactly what she meant by the remark is still unclear, but Morgan took her to task minutes later, replying, “You think the beheading of a soldier is something to be glib about???”
The two then began to engage in a bout of back-and-forth sniping over old slights, real and perceived. At length, Morgan said, “Can’t stomach @DLoesch goading Brits with her outrageous tweeting re beheaded soldier story. Unfollowed, and banned from my show.”
Loesch, who hosts “The Dana Show” on conservative talk radio, continued to tweet at Morgan for hours, accusing him of hypocrisy and changing her Twitter banner to read “Proudly banned from Piers Morgan’s TV show.”
On Thursday, Loesch told Politico, “Regarding Piers, what I saw was a man who doesn’t realize when his ideology of disarmament is being mocked. I had more respect for his intellect until I watched him turn it around and make it about mocking a soldier, which is grotesque, and something I would never in a million years do.”
This is not the first time that Loesch has lashed out at a British-born TV host. In April of last year, she locked horns with MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, calling him a “foreigner” and saying that as a non-native of the U.S., he has no right to comment on U.S. politics.
“I don’t want to hear a foreigner talking about media in this country, or politics in this country.” she said on her radio show, “You don’t understand it.”
She then urged him to “go back to [his] own country.”
Loesch also courted controversy in January of 2012 when she spoke out in support of a video showing U.S. combatants in Afghanistan urinating on and desecrating the corpses of fallen Taliban fighters.
“I’d drop trou and do it, too,” claimed Loesch. “That’s me, though. I want a million cool points for these guys. Is that harsh to say?”
Last December, Loesch sued the website Breitbart.com for $75,000 and release from her contract saying that since the death of site founder Andrew Breitbart, she had been shunted aside by the remaining staffers and denied opportunities to publish her writing.
She claimed that Breitbart.com was refusing to publish her, but keeping her in “indentured servitude in limbo.”
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