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NRA spokeswoman: "Many in legacy media love mass shootings"

Dana Loesch
Loesch at CPAC. Photo: Jim Watson / AFP via Getty Images

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch accused the media Thursday of "loving" mass shootings because they boost TV ratings. "Now I'm not saying that you love the tragedy. But I am saying that you love the ratings," she said during a speech at CPAC. Last night, Loesch also faced students from the Parkland shooting at a CNN town hall.

"Crying white mothers are ratings gold to you and many in the legacy media ... notice I said 'crying white mothers' because there are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago every weekend, and you don't see town halls for them, do you? Where's the CNN town hall for Chicago? Where's the CNN town hall for sanctuary cities?"
— Dana Loesch at CPAC

NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre also spoke at CPAC:

  • He criticized Black Lives Matter and other liberal advocacy groups for fostering "uncivil discourse."
  • He called for more guns in schools — a solution that President Trump has also proposed — to increase school safety.
  • "Schools must be the most hardened targets in this country, and evil must be confronted immediately with all necessary force to protect our kids ... to stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun," LaPierre said.
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DOJ eyeing tool to allow access to encrypted data on smartphones

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

The Justice Department is in "a preliminary stage" of discussions about requiring tech companies building "tools into smartphones and other devices" that would allow law enforcement investigators to access encrypted data, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: This has been on the FBI's mind since 2010, and last month the White House "circulated a memo...outlining ways to think about solving the problem," officials told the Times. Both FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, support finding ways for law enforcement to access data without compromising devices security.

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Media tycoon Barry Diller talks #MeToo

 IAC & Expedia, Inc. Chairman & Senior Executive Barry Diller
IAC & Expedia, Inc. Chairman & Senior Executive Barry Diller. Photo: Cindy Ord / Getty Images for Yahoo

Barry Diller, chairman of mega-media and Internet company IAC, told the New York Times he thinks "all men are guilty," when it comes to "the spectrum" of the #MeToo movement.

"I hope in the future for some form of reconciliation. Because I think all men are guilty. I’m not talking about rape and pillage. I’m not talking about Harveyesque. I’m talking about all of the spectrum. From an aggressive flirt. Or even just a flirty-flirt that has one sour note in it. Or what I think every man was guilty of, some form of omission in attitude, in his views."

Why it matters: The #MeToo movement has rocked Hollywood and the media industry. Diller told the Times he sees the effects of this "in our companies, where the relationships between people are changing."