In addition to Chris Loesch's angry phone call to the RFT (which prompted a hilarious response at Punching Kitty), Dana Loesch wrote a long blog post addressed to all the "defamers and libelers" of the world who pointed out her conflict of interest. As part of her long-winded rant declaring that all of her critics were "stuffed shirt, Magic the Gathering trolls," Loesch provided this explanation:
Before this, before I was on in the day and full-time, Martin recorded a $2500 commercial at my husband’s studio, one of the top 16 studios in the world according to music mags and the biggest, most innovative, and least expensive in the Midwest. They do films, music, commercials, and recently worked with the National Black Caucus on a documentary. (OMG HEADLINE! I am a liberal plant! Tell the RFT!1!) Martin went with them because they were cheap and do good work and have a nationally renowned staff.She later went on to say:
First of all suckers, if you think I’d sell my soul for only $2500 you’re stupid...At no point did she ever explain why she, as someone who laughingly calls herself a "journalist," did not disclose the clear conflict of interest she had in hostng Ed Martin on as a guest of her show multiple times while blacklisting and finally attacking his campaign opponent. I guess that was all supposed to be OK, because Loesch went on to assure us all that she's "very clear about her ethics," whatever that means.
But what I find very strange is that while Loesch was ranting about how clear she is about her ethics, and explaining how she'd never sell her soul for $2,500, she somehow forgot to mention that they actually received $5,000 from Ed Martin, not $2,500. That's right, the $2,500 check previously mentioned was just one of two checks. Shock City Studios received another $2,500 check from Ed Martin in November of 2009. Here are the two different sections of financial reports:
November of last year (page 80):
And February of this year (page 115):
$2,500 + $2,500 = $5,000
Now correct me if I'm missing something, but if you were going on a long, self-righteous rant about how upfront you are about your ethics and how you have nothing to hide, wouldn't you want to point out that it was actually $5,000 you received from Ed Martin rather than $2,500? Wouldn't that be worth pointing out instead of pretending that all the studio got was $2,500, as Loesch did with multiple statements? She repeated the $2,500 number repeatedly, all the while knowing that it was actually $5,000. Why would she do that?