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The Daily Fray

An Incoherent Web War on Motherhood and Political Expertise

May 11, 2011

Players: Conservative CNN Contributor and Big Journalism Editor Dana Loesch; Mediaite writer Frances Martel

Opening Serve: For Mother's Day, Loesch wrote a post at Big Journalism arguing that it is a maternal duty to protect children from the influence of liberalism: "We take them to the pediatrician to have them immunized, to inoculate them against disease. Why wouldn’t I also build up their knowledge of the Constitution, their confidence, and their courage so as to inoculate them against the ongoing campaign to break them down and render them dependent upon a swelling government?" Martel tweeted a link to the post and added, "As a woman who chose to study politics instead of procreating for a living (?), I'm very offended by this mentality."

Return Volley: Loesch and Martel went back and forth over Twitter several times before Martel was invited to take the debate to the Larry O'Connor's webcast Stage Right. Loesch started off by asking Martel to qualify her opinion of the Mother's Day post by whether or not she had any children. Martel replied, "No, I'm 23 years old" but questioned how Loesch could "have a discussion about politics if you don't have a college degree in politics." It wasn't the most coherent exchange. Sifting through the back and forth, the crux of the argument looks like whether, as Martel argued, public servants are better off with political education or, from Loesch's side, you don't have to be "elitist" or "indoctrinated" to be involved in politics. The harshest blows came when Loesch told Martel she sounded like a "communist elite"--which Martel countered by pointing out that she was actually from a communist country, Cuba, and did not believe in communism. "Have you ever been to a communist country? You're a little bit drunk and you don't really understand," she fired back, apparently referring to a comment Loesch made before the interview about having had four margaritas. Loesch made things especially nasty by calling Martel a bitch and explaining her name calling, after Martel asked "why?" with "because you are a bitch." Here's the Mediaite edit: