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March 19, 2009

Laura Ingraham: Consider the Source

Since Laura Ingraham is still trying to fuel her "catfight" with Meghan McCain, I thought it would be fun to just do a quick trip down memory lane and have a laugh at the idea that Ingraham thinks she's the best judge of who is intelligent enough to speak out on politics and who deserves to be taken seriously. (And yes, I know I'm just enabling her, and I promise to put her on the Ann Coulter 'Pretend She Doesn't Exist' List once I get this out of my system.)

Here's her latest:

~"I never called Meghan McCain fat!" It was a "throwaway comic line".

Okay, so calling her a "plus-sized model" who is only speaking out about politics because she can't be on The Real World was really meant as just a lovely compliment about how young and curvy and beautiful she is, even though her looks are irrelevant her political views. Got it. Guess that means the Barbie comparison was supposed to be flattering as well, maybe a reference to Barbie's many successful careers. But if that's the case, then how is it a "comic line"? What was the joke supposed to be if you weren't insulting her by calling her a dumb fat girl? Oh wait, I forgot, you don't have to take responsibility for the words that you actually said, because it's somehow all liberals' fault anyway.

And here are some gems from the Ingraham vault:

~"Oh, did anyone see President Bush at the White House? This was interesting: He was celebrating African-American History Month, and he made that comment, saying, you know, "People shouldn't play around or -- with nooses," and that was clearly a reference to, you know, all the problem that, you know, appearance of nooses has caused in this country. And he talked about that. And then, he welcomed Al Sharpton to the White House. I hope they nailed down all the valuables." [2/13/08, on her radio show]

~Discussing Hillary Clinton having an emotional moment on the campaign trail: "I think one thing about the weeping episode, just to -- I actually felt sorry for her for that moment. But remember, we have Islamic jihadists, bin Laden, Mullah Omar, and all these other freaks that want to come to the United States and wreak havoc upon our population. We can't have people who break down and start crying at the most, you know, difficult moments. I mean, come on. This is the big time. She's been in the big time." [1/8/08, on Fox & Friends]

~On veteran journalist Helen Thomas questioning White House press secretary Tony Snow on the U.S. role in relations between Israel and Lebanon. (Thomas is of Lebanese descent.)

INGRAHAM: Oh, come on, grandma, I can't -- I can't -- I can't -- Grandma, grandma, you gotta stop. Was she in her rocker when she was asking those questions? That's my question.

FOX: A walker or a rocker?

INGRAHAM: She should grab a -- no, she should grab a couple of knitting needles and get to work. OK, just enough.

[audio clip: "Help, I've fallen, and I can't get up!"]

INGRAHAM: I got it. I think she's got to stop representing Hezbollah at the White House briefing room. [7/19/06, on her radio show]

~ On stem cell research:

KING: Laura, would you -- Laura, would you agree that more than 50 percent of the public would support stem cell research?

INGRAHAM: I think more than 50 percent of the public would probably approve of public executions of child molesters, but it doesn't mean that we actually do that, Larry. I mean, please. [10/30/06, Larry King Live]

~On former President Bush's declaration of "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq:

INGRAHAM: Speaking as a woman, and listening to the women who called into my radio show, seeing President Bush get out of that plane, carrying his helmet, he is a real man. He stands by his word. That was a very powerful moment. [5/4/03, CNN's Reliable Sources]

~Ingraham made GLAAD's list of worst anti-gay and anti-transgender voices of 2008:

"Transgender people were repeatedly used as punching bags by Fox News Channel and guest Laura Ingraham, even as violence and harassment against transgender people continued with disturbing frequency throughout 2008. While guest hosting Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor on February 8, Ingraham interrupted a guest by saying that a transgender conference was "killing the culture." Earlier this year on The O'Reilly Factor, she questioned how parents of a transgender youth "aren't embarrassed" by their child, and most recently, on December 11, she alluded that being gay is a "bad choice" when discussing a Newsweek feature on marriage for same-sex couples."

~Speaking of gay rights: "She went to Dartmouth University and became the first female editor of the conservative Dartmouth Review, where conservative author Dinesh D’Souza, a former boyfriend, also worked. While there, she secretly sent a reporter with a tape recorder to a campus gay students association meeting; she then outed the students in print and sent tapes of the meetings to the students’ parents. In the magazine she called association members “cheerleaders for latent campus sodomites.” (In 1997, more than a decade later, she wrote an article in the Washington Post detailing how she had changed her views in light of her brother Curtis’ coming out as gay.)"

~I can't even bring myself to transcribe this, but enjoy this clip from The View of Ingraham explaining to Whoopi Goldberg that she wanted to "take back" the term "power to the people" from "elitist protestors" like the Black Panthers. [11/13/07, The View]

~Hey, remember that time she encouraged her radio listeners to flood a voter assistance hotline sponsored by the Democrats with crank calls? That was some harmless fun.

~Meghan McCain shouldn't feel too bad, because Ingraham was bodysnarking the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger back in November. She also suggested that California "just secede already". [11/10/08, on her radio show]

~Ingraham clerked for Clarence Thomas in the early 90s, and shockingly, she's not exactly a supporter of Anita Hill. Again, everything is all liberals' fault.

~Ingraham accepted an award from the Republican National Coalition for Life on Sarah Palin's behalf before the Republican National Convention, and said, "Sarah Palin represents a new feminism....And there is no bigger threat to the elites in this country than a woman who lives her conservative convictions." Um, no.

~Feminist scholar that she is, Ingraham had this to say about Brett Favre tearing up during a press conference announcing his retirement:

"All these years, and I didn't know there was a woman quarterback in the NFL," said Ingraham to start her Friday show that aired on replay on Monday at 2:00 a.m. on Newsradio 620 WTMJ.

"Brett Favre...we're watching this in the studio, obviously retiring from the NFL, great quarterback, handsome 38-year-old man, he gets up there and he does this press conference that was frankly one of the most embarassing things I have ever seen.

"That's a great message for young boys. 'Get up there and act like a girl and start blubbering like a baby."

~Laura had a nice chat with her buddy Tucker Carlson about gay rights, abortion rights, and feminism, and said, "...it's like, with the so-called women's movement. It's not about women. It's not about women who are vulnerable in the womb, it's not about women who are conservative and are successful, because they don't count as women. It's about a series of issues that move the country farther to the left, and the sooner we understand that, the easier it is to discount this." Tucker also whines about being "hated" and losing friends for being anti-choice and thinking abortion is "evil", and Ingraham's response is that "you're supposed to be hated for this. It's in the Bible. ...doesn't bother me one bit. I'm happy to be hated for that...all the right people are hating you if that's the case."

~On President Obama's appointment of Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius to the post of HHS Secretary: "It's really a slap in the face to Catholics nationwide and I think to the people of this country. Look, she's not just pro-choice. You would expect an HHS Secretary nominated by Obama to be pro-choice. She has forged an alliance over the years with the most ardently, in my mind barbarous "abortion doctor", George Tiller...Her work to protect him over the years really is so shocking and way outside even a mainstream view of the pro-choice issue. It's really shocking." Catholics for Sebelius provides a different take on this supposed "alliance". [3/3/09, Fox & Friends]

So, to make a long story short...

1 comment:

DaisyDeadhead said...

Yes, an awful, awful person... she was not chosen to be Bill O'Reilly's substitute this week for nothing!

Those are some nasty-ass quotes.