Journalists spoke out against a National Rifle Association (NRA) message that members of the media “love” mass shootings, saying that covering a tragedy is a “soul-crushing” task that is necessary for their communities.

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday and accused the media of trying to capitalize on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida for ratings.

"I’ll say it really slowly so all the people on the platform in the back can hear me loud and clear: Many in legacy media love mass shootings," Loesch said to the reporters in the room.


"You guys love it. I'm not saying that you love the tragedy, but I am saying that you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold to you and many in the legacy media in the back.” 

The organization also released a video making the claim on

Reporters quickly took to social media to share stories of covering mass shootings and other tragedies, telling Loesch the emotional trauma has stayed with them through their careers.

Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanFox News anchor deletes tweet suggesting Powell's death 'raises new concerns' about vaccine efficacy Peter Navarro mistakenly blasts Maggie Haberman for Katie Rogers' Grisham story Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' MORE with The New York Times tweeted “I’ve covered mass shootings over the years. First one was Jonesboro, Ark in 1998. I’ve found every minute of it awful but necessary to tell people’s stories. I’ve never met a colleague who felt otherwise.”

John Hilton, an editor at InsuranceNewsNet Magazine in Pennsylvania, said covering a funeral for a Sandy Hook Elementary School victim was the hardest thing he has done in over two decades as a journalist.

“In 20+ years in journalism, the only story my emotions crippled me was covering a Newtown funeral. We all needed counseling. @DLoesch is wrong. Abt a lot of things.”

In her speech, Loesch called out the media for not covering more of the violence in Chicago.

“There are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago every weekend and you don’t see town halls for them. Where’s the CNN town hall for Chicago? Where’s the CNN town hall for sanctuary cities?" Loesch asked.

Liam Ford with the Chicago Tribune said covering crimes allows victims to have their voices heard.

“I don’t go out and report on the street much anymore,” Ford tweeted. “But I have talked to dozens, probably hundreds, of grieving families. Not to sell papers. Not to get clicks. Because people deserve to have their stories told.”

Other journalists accused Loesch of "sanctimonious hypocrisy" for essentially saying journalists were incapable of emotions.