BY ELAINE MAGLIARO
Guess which major network’s news division just hired “right-wing hack” Laura Ingraham as a news contributor? ABC! George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC’s This Week, made the announcement last Sunday. Politico reported on Monday that Ingraham will continue to serve as a Fox News contributor, as guest host for “The O’Reilly Factor”—and will also continue as the host of her own radio program. Ingraham served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and “as a speechwriter-turned-adviser to President Ronald Reagan.” She joined Fox News in 2007.
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Media Matters said of the new ABC news contributor: “Ingraham has repeatedly engaged in inflammatory and hateful rhetoric, lobbing numerous attacks against everyone from President Obama to people who receive government assistance to her favorite target, immigrants” on The Laura Ingraham Show. On its blog post Meet ABC News’ Newest Contributor, Laura Ingraham: 10 Moments That Illustrate The Right-Wing Radio Host’s Fringe Viewpoints And Disdain For Civil Discourse, Media Matters provides examples of Ingraham’s “most hateful moments” from the past year.
Here’s one of those moments:
Ingraham Used A Gunshot Sound Effect To Cut Off A Replay Of Rep. John Lewis’ March On Washington Speech. During her coverage of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington in August 2013, Ingraham criticized the event and its speakers, saying the goal “was to co-opt the legacy of Martin Luther King into a modern-day liberal agenda.” She then played a clip of a speech from Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington, abruptly interrupting the playback of his comments with the sound of a loud gunshot. Following criticism of this sound effect, Ingraham defended her use of the gunshot sound, instead calling it a “blow up effect” and claiming that criticism of her using the sound effect on Lewis was an attempt “to crush free speech.” (Media Matters)
Heather Digby Parton of Salon also provided examples of some of Ingraham’s “most disgraceful” comments about immigration from last year. Here is one of them:
Ingraham Repeatedly Mocked An Immigration Protestor For Speaking English With An Accent. In November 2013, Ingraham repeatedly mocked a woman who was protesting the Obama administration’s record number of deportations, saying, “Wait, what did she say at the end? I can’t — I need a translator. I speak Spanish too. I’d rather have her just speak Spanish, at least I’d understand that.” She then went on to affect the woman’s accent, stating, “No want more amnesty. No want more lies. No want more phony promises. No want more people coming into the country, filling up our schools and our emergency rooms, having anchor babies and then blaming us for it. No want more that.”
Good work, ABC. Way to go!
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