An inauspicious beginning on CNN

AN INAUSPICIOUS BEGINNING ON CNN…. About a week ago, CNN announced some new additions to the network’s team of political analysts, including a Tea Party leader and conservative radio talk show host Dana Loesch. The latter was an especially odd choice — Loesch has referred to CNN as “the biggest bunch of idiot blockheads,” “state-run media,” home to “tinfoil hats,” and has accused the network of having a “blatant disregard for objectivity.”

Naturally, then, CNN hired her, and is now paying Loesch for her insights.

But who knows, maybe she’ll surprise us. Perhaps CNN has an eye for talent that I’m not aware of, and Loesch will prove to be a thoughtful cable-news pundit. Anything’s possible.

As it turns out, Loesch’s first appearance was just the other day, and in her first segment as a CNN contributor, she talked to John King about one of the right’s ridiculous new obsessions: breastfeeding. Here’s what Loesch told the national television audience:

“Look, I am all for breastfeeding. I myself breastfed my children ’til they were well passed a year. And I think it’s fantastic the advocacy for that. I’m a very vocal supporter of it.

“But at the same time, from a conservative perspective, I have to question what the White House is doing because breast pumps actually fall under medical devices, which as you know, under the health care law, those devices are going to be hit with a massive excise tax. So, don’t make something tax deductible that you are taxing. Just don’t tax it.”

That would be a perfectly sound observation, if it were it in any way grounded in fact. Regrettably, it’s not — the Affordable Care Act exempts medical devices that are “generally purchased by the general public at retail for individual use” from any excise taxes.

In other words, after having prepped for her first CNN appearance, Loesch proceeded to tell the network’s audience the exact opposite of the truth. Loesch argued that the administration would make it more expensive to purchase pumps, when in reality, the administration has concluded that breast pumps and related supplies are tax-deductible, making it easier for families to afford the equipment.

Host John King made no effort to let viewers know that the claim is wrong, and two days later, I can’t find any evidence that the network has aired a correction.

Tune in to CNN, where far-right voices who hate CNN will tell you things that aren’t true.