CNN Parkland Town Hall Receives Award for Helping ‘Advance the National Conversation on Gun Control’

Washington Free Beacon | 3/19/2019 | David Rutz
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BY: David Rutz

The 2018 CNN gun town hall in Parkland, Florida, has won a Walter Cronkite award for best "National Network News Program" for helping to "advance the national conversation on gun control and violence."

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The program, which took place seven days after the Feb. 14, 2018, massacre of 17 teachers and students at Stoneman Douglas High School, was hosted by CNN's Jake Tapper and featured Sens. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Bill Nelson (D., Fla.), Rep. Ted Deutch (D., Fla.), National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch, and former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel (D.).

It was entitled Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action.

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Community members, students, parents and teachers were among those in the audience and asking questions, and the tenor of the town hall was overwhelmingly in favor of stricter gun control laws, with the pro-gun rights Rubio and Loesch put on the defensive and jeered throughout the evening. One student questioned Loesch's fitness as a mother, and another compared Rubio to the murderer.

"CNN's Parkland Town Hall has been honored with a @CronkiteAward. Congrats to @jaketapper and team who helped "advance the national conversation on gun control and violence," CNN's PR team tweeted on Tuesday.

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Although billed as a serious conversation on guns in America, the town hall was more of an emotional gun control rally. In additional to the booing and insults directed at Rubio and Loesch, there were huge cheers in the crowd for the ban of semi-automatic rifles and a pro-gun control speech delivered by Israel before the town hall, in spite of his department's failures to prevent the shooting.

Loesch noted to Israel that the perpetrator was repeatedly reported to authorities before the shooting, and neither Israel's office nor the FBI did anything about him. The day after the town hall, one of Israel's deputies,...
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