Appearance by Andrew Breitbart Employee Canceled By Illinois Policy Institute

-By Warner Todd Huston

Last Friday, The Illinois Policy Institute disinvited Dana Loesch, the editor of Andrew Breitbart’s Big Journalism site, from a breakfast event that was to be held over the weekend on Saturday.

The Illinois Policy Institute was holding the event in conjunction with the Independent Women’s Forum and Smart Girl Politics and was to be a “discussion on women, liberty, and America’s future.”

Loesch was disinvited due to a small controversy over what she said Friday on her Saint Louis-based radio show on KFTK 97.1 FM. Loesch took umbrage over those criticizing U.S. Marines that were filmed urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

Loesch was incensed at those complaining about the conduct of our soldiers and went into one of her patented rants about how she didn’t care if our solders urinated on the corpses of our enemies. “I’d drop trou and do it too,” she said of the incident.

Loesch went on to say, “Do I have a problem with that as a citizen of the United States? No I don’t.”

During the rest of that Friday many progressive sites (like Politico) went after Loesch for her comments.

Loesch herself has said that the left’s attack on her is all unfair. “There is a difference in advocating for the Marines to break the law, which I didn’t do, and defending them from overly-dramatic hysteria,” she said.

Sadly, this faux controversy gave the Illinois Policy Institute cold feet for the weekend breakfast meeting and they told her she was no longer welcome at the event. Worse, the group never even made a public comment on the disinvitation. They just, in the dead of night, disinvited her.

FTR Radio had the opportunity to interview Andrew Breitbart this weekend and got his reaction to the disinvitation of his editor. Needless to say, he felt the Illinois Policy Institute had abandoned “our own” with its actions.

“It’s one thing to not having people coming to your defense, it’s another thing to watch — as they are with Dana Loesch — throwing her under the bus actively. And there’s a group, I believe it’s called the Illinois Policy Institute, built an entire event around fundraising to bring people in to see Dana speak today, on Saturday. And just last night they disinvited her because of the pressure coming from Politico making it its number one story, Huffington Post making it one of its top stories, this is part of the activist left making a mountain out of a mole hill.”

Andrew is exactly right. We need to stand behind our own and get a little perspective in this fight against the left. Loesch’s comments were not the sort of outrageous comments that should have gotten her disinvited from the event. This is not to say that we should stick by anyone that is ostensibly on our side no matter what outrageous thing they say. But let’s not fold like a cheap tent with every tiny controversy, shall we?

What Dana Loesch said was nothing compared to things said by the left in America. And they never disown theirs. Why are we so quick to throw ours under the bus?

I’ve known Dana for several years, now, and have also posted many times at under her editorship. She’s a firebrand prone to humorous rants used to make her conservative points. But she is not someone that we should be ashamed of. She is not our version of a Ed Schultz, for instance. By his measure, she is tame, indeed.

The Illinois Policy Institute should be ashamed for its weak spine.

Dana Loesch and myself at TeaCon 2012

About Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's, and all Breitbart News' other sites,,, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.
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6 Responses to Appearance by Andrew Breitbart Employee Canceled By Illinois Policy Institute

  1. SurgeUSA says:

    IPI was happy to do fundraising by using Dana to attract supporters to their event, but lacked the courage to go through with it in the face of criticism from the left. Why should anyone in Illinois believe that supporting IPI is going to help conservatives? We already have plenty of “go along to get along” Republicans in this state, thank you very much. We need a few with a spine. Obviously IPI is not the place to find them. Save your money.

  2. Folks, I hope you pick up your phone today on behalf of Dana Loesch and our Marines. In my call to Mr Tillman’s office today, I have asked that he apologize to Dana Loesch today.

    Until Mr Tillman puts some boots on and goes over and stands in a war zone, that gives all the rights to the enemy, he needs to do as Col West said, Shut the hell up! But what does he do, he throws under the bus a good and loyal woman who defends our Troops! I wonder if Mr Tillman, as he sits in his Ivory Tower, ever contemplates what it is like for our Marines, who have done an exemplary job keeping his little self safe!

    Dana Loesch deserves our support and so do our Marines! Mr Tillman needs to issue an apology to Ms. Loesch today. We all make mistakes! Walk this back Mr Tillman and do the right thing. Stand for our Troops and those who defend them!

    Contact for John Tillman:

    Beverly Perlson

    The Band of Mothers

    Illinois Tea Party

  3. To those attacking Dana Loesch, I am so sorry that John Murtha never took the opportunity, before he died, to apologize to our Haditha Marines for smearing these brave Warriors by calling them cold blooded killers, before the Haditha investigation was complete!! Where is your outrage?! His slander of our Marines hurt America’s image all over the world. As we now know, 7 out of the 8 have been fully exonerated while the eighth is on trial now!

    Please read this insightful comment by a retired Marine, posted at Free Republic:

    As a retired Marine, here is how I see it. Americans send their men and women into war, and yet, many have this synthetic, righteous belief that warriors can become effective mechanical killers while remaining perfectly civilized in an environment where killing human beings daily is common place while those being killed are trying their best to kill you first. One small deviation from civility and the critics jump to crucify you, instead of recognizing that you need their support to help you hang on to your sanity. The challenge becomes: How can I continue to remain an effective killer day out and day in without going stark raving mad? I’ll tell you how. You have to dehumanize your enemy. And, after long combat stretches, this gets easier and easier as you get shot at repeatedly and your closest buddies get shot and their life slips away in your arms. Endure this hell repeatedly and then tell me whether your only thoughts are of condemnation?

    Beverly Perlson
    The Band of Mothers
    Illinois Tea Party

  4. Bubba says:

    Lanquage Warning:

    ‘peers to me that the women of the rightwing are totin’ the majority of the nads.

    If given the choice between beating the crap out of a leftwing pussy or a rightwing pussy, I’d stomp the one on the right.
    Treachery, treason, lies, dirty tricks and being a pussy is exactly what I expect from the left.

    It’s infuriating from the right.

    Drop trou? I’d be proud to squat beside Dana Loesch and piss on the enemy.