“This is why people loathe media,” radio host and best-selling author Dana Loesch explained Wednesday, slamming “The Daily Beast” for implying that Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s grandmother died from the coronavirus.
On Tuesday, The Beast published a piece with the following headline:
“Anti-Mask Guv’s Grandmother Died in Nursing Home Ravaged by COVID”
“And yet Kristi Noem continues to downplay the virus, refuse a mask mandate, and ignore the terrible price her state is paying,” The Beast says in a tweet promoting the headline and commentary.
Loesch responded on Twitter by noting that Gov. Noem’s grandmother did not die from, or even test positive for, the coronavirus.
“This is why people loathe media,” Loesch replied.
Indeed, the headline notwithstanding, The Beast piece admits that Gov. Noem’s 98-year-old grandmother did not die from the virus – and that she was actually the only person who died in the nursing home during a two-week span who did not die from COVID-19:
The 98-year-old grandmother, Aldys Arnold, is said by Noem’s office to have tested negative for the virus, though no cause of death was given. The other 12 of the 13 deaths between Nov. 14 and Nov. 28 at the Estelline Nursing Home are described by the administrator, Mike Ward, as “COVID-related.”
“All but one,” Ward told The Daily Beast.
The rest of the Beast piece is devoted to smearing Gov. Noem for the "lunacy" of her response to the pandemic and refusal to issue a mask mandate in light of the other 12 nursing home residents who did die from coronavirus.