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Right Wing Monster, Laura Ingraham December 1, 2008

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Right Wing radio host, Laura Ingraham is either a charlaton or suffers from severe cognitive dissodence. 

As noted in a previous post, Laura Ingraham is known for her homophobia.

While working for the conservative campus paper The Dartmouth Review during the 1980s, Ingraham sent an undercover reporter to secretly tape a meeting of gay and lesbian students, under the auspices of pursuing a follow-the-money story on where a mandatory $100-per-student activities fee went. “The View’s” latest guest co-host then went on to print the names of those students, who had not been made aware a reporter was present.

The piece she then ran denounced the group as “cheerleaders for latent campus sodomites.”

Its ironic that Laura is now criticizing gays for listing individuals and companies that voted “Yes on 8” when she use to intentionally out gay people and with malicious intent.

However, Laura also has a gay brother, Curtis Ingraham.  Laura eventually did an interview for the Washington Post where she explained that her views on homosexuality had been tempered due to her brother. 

“In the ten years since I learned my brother Curtis was gay, my views and
rhetoric about homosexual have been tempered, because I have seen him and
his companion, Richard, lead their lives with dignity, fidelity and
courage.”

“My brother had to claim he was Richard’s
“caretaker” to gain full access in the hospital, “knowing what they had
been through together made it sound antiseptic, almost an insult.”

Laura stated that it was seeing her brother and his late partner living their lives and caring for each other that shifted her views and it was not due to them “prosteltizing gay rights”.  Laura and the other Right Wingers are not fans of “prosteltizing” for gay rights or any type of civil rights as they view this as “greivance mongering”.  I’m not sure why they can’t understand why a group of people who is denied equal rights and protections would actually advocate for those rights and protections.

Laura indicated that it was insulting that her brother had to say that he was his partner’s “caretaker” to get into his partner’s hospital room instead of being recognized and acknowledged as his life partner.  Yet to be officially acknowledged and to have visitation rights and rights to be party to medical decisions, Curtis and Ricky would have to have been married or in a civil union.  However, Laura Ingraham seems to be against both gay marriage and civil unions as evidenced by her diatribe in her book, Power to the People.

So it would appear that Laura would have wished that Curtis and Ricky had been treated equally to married straight couples while also expressing her desire that gay couples should not recieve equal rights and protections as married straight couples.  Which is it Laura?  You can’t have it both ways.

Finally, David Brock portrays a different side to Laura Ingraham in his book, Blinded by the Right–the Conscience of an Ex-Conservative.  David Brock was a “right wing hit man” whose job was to smear liberals and others who stood in the way of the right wing agenda.  He wrote a book blasting Anita Hill, the woman who accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harrassment.  He was friends with the Right Wing darlings of the 90s– some of whom are still Right Wing darlings.  However, David was also gay.  While some of his Right Wing friends like Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter knew that he was gay, his outing to the general Conservative community and the resulting homophobic backlash, lead him on his journey to becoming a liberal and holding the Right Wing media accountable through his organization, Media Matters.

The juicier parts of his book includes descriptions of him and Laura Ingraham snorting what they believed to be cocaine (but ended up being cat tranquilizer) in a gay bar and Laura and Ann setting him up on a date with Right Wing blogger, Matt Drudge (who has sense been outed as gay by several sources) of the Drudge Report. 

He (David Brock) tells of one crazy night at a gay bar in Washington where he and Laura Ingraham sniffed up what they thought was high-grade cocaine. It was cat tranquilizer! Both of them got violently sick, and Ingraham crawled on her hands and knees through a jam-packed dance floor of gyrating men to reach him — in the men’s room where he passed out.

And he also tells about how Ingraham and Ann Coulter fixed him up on a “blind date” with another gay journalist, Matt Drudge. Brock said he wanted to keep the friendship with Drudge platonic, but that Drudge showed up in his little red compact car with a dozen roses for Brock!

They went to another gay club where Brock saw someone he found attractive and interesting, but Drudge stepped on the guy’s feet and told him to back off. Brock said Drudge was “a scary date.”
 

Brock also says in his book that Ingraham admitted to him that she doesn’t really believe all the things she says (many of us already expected that) and that it was her job to generate hateful nasty sound bites.

So who is the real Laura Ingraham?  Is she the traditionalist Cathloic who champions family values or is she the party girl drug user?  Is she affirming of gay couples or does she think that gay couples do not deserve civil unions or marriage?

Is she conflicted about cultural issues or is she simply a money grubbing charlaton who sells out her real ideas and values to cash in on a niche market based on ignorance and bigotry?

Has she made fools of the millions of consevative fans who believe that she is the real deal?

Regardless, the fact that she would continue ratcheting up fear and prejudice against gay people (including her own brother Curtis) on her radio program and during her appearances on Fox News makes her a verifiable monster.

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Anti-Gay Pundits and their Gay family and Friends November 25, 2008

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Newt Gingrich recently referenced what he called “gay and secular fascists” that are ready to “use violence to impose their will on America” on the O Reilly Factor on Fox News which led to his lesbian sister, Candace Gingrich, publishing a response to her brother on the Huffington Post. Here is an excerpt of what she wrote…

This is a movement of the people that you most fear. It’s a movement of progress — and your words on FOX News only show how truly desperate you are to maintain control of a world that is changing before your very eyes.

Newt also has a gay cousin, Darrel Gingrich.  Newt is not the only Right Wing pundit with gay relatives or gay friends.

Laura Ingraham is notorious for her past homophobia.  Former college classmates of hers say that she use to out gay classmates when she was in college.  Laura also has a gay brother, whom she was estranged from for many years due to her homophobia.  She eventually saw the love and care that he had for his dying partner and now she says that her views on homosexuality have been “tempered”.  Yet, you can still hear her portray gay rights issues in negative terms on her radio show and in her appearances at Fox.

Bill O Reilly has also toned down his rhetoric on gay issues since having befriended a gay couple who has adopted children, although his program, the O Reilly Factor, still often portrays gays as “fascists” who shouldn’t be “clustered near children.”

Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter are friends with former gay porn star, Matthew Sanchez aka Rod Majors.  Yet, Malkin’s blog has many posters that refer to gay rights activists as “domestic terrorists” and “Al Gayda” and she regularly publishes anti-gay articles for Town Hall while Ann Coulter continues to use gay slurs like “faggot”.

Do these people really believe the vile that they spew and are they really homophobic?  Or do they simply cater to a niche market of uneducated bigots?

FOX: When Gays and Christians Attack! November 22, 2008

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Just when you thought you’ve had enough of the old “Fear and Smear” routine, Fox News tries to paint gays as Christian-hating anarchists.

Shortly after Prop 8 was passed, a small group of anarchists from the group Bash Back invaded a church and shouted that it was ok to be gay and threw some papers around.  In the video shown on the O Reilly Factor it looked like 4 young people were involved.  Of course the Right Wing media tried to smear the entire gay community and gay rights movement with this event.  Fox News did not even mention that these individuals were from the Bash Back group and in no way represented the mainstream gay community.

Another recent incident involved a group of Christians being chased out of the Castro area in CA by an angry gay mob.  The Christian group had gone outside of gay clubs in a gay neighborhood to pray and sing.  Of course they knew that many gays and lesbians were very upset about Prop 8 and the church’s involvement in this political issue.

One of the Christian women (who the O Reilly Factor dubbed a Christian Missionary) claims that she was hit in the head by a Bible and repeatedly kicked by a gay man.  Yet that specific incident was not caught on camera, she did not press charges, and there are no pictures of her injuries.

As Joe My God reports, the Christians in the Castro incident were affliated with Joel’s Army, a Christian dominionist group.  Dominionists wish to impose Biblical Law onto the government.  They also wish to convert gays to straight.  Of course Fox News ignored this affiliation.

Of course violence on all sides should be condemned and no one should be invading churches or vandalizing.

However, these isolated cases are just that, isolated and anectodal.

There have been many protests since Prop 8 passed and over 100,000 people have taken part in protests, marches, or vigils and the overwhelming majority of them have been peaceful.   Yet, the Right Wing Media is trying to smear an entire community and movement based on the actions of a few.  Of course its not surprising since they rely on the “smear and fear” tactic to excite their base and to incite prejudice against vulnerable minorities which they use as scapegoats.

Luckily for us, more and more people are beginning to reject these smears.

Its also hilarious how the Right Wingers are blasting gays for boycotting when this practice has been a major page in their own playbooks.  The American Family Association (AFA) has boycotted Ford and McDonalds for being pro-gay and even got a gay executive fired at McDonalds.  Bill O Reilly has called for boycotts of businesses like Pepsi when they endorsed Ludicrus and even called for a boycott of France because they did not approve of Bush’s war in Iraq.

Yet, somehow gays are anarchist and anti-democracy when they boycott businesses who are anti-gay or who gave money to Yes on 8 which helped take some of their civil rights away.

You have to love the hypocrisy of the Religious Right.

Fox News and Shady Contributors! June 11, 2008

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It is no surprise that credibility and integrity are not high priorities at Fox News. Fox News caters to a niche market. Fox News is geared for those who feel that the other media channels have a liberal bias and do not reflect their values or ideas. Fox News’ intended audience is conservatives and Republicans and specifically those who feel as though the other news outlets do not reflect their cultural values. However, Fox News also often plays to the lowest common denominator when it comes to the so called- culture wars. Their pundits and talking heads often play on common public fears or misconceptions. They often show case pundits or talking heads such as Bill O Reilly and Ann Coulter who are known for shouting down or disparaging those who disagree with them.

However, this post is about their shady contributors. If you have watched the O Reilly Factor or Hannity and Colmes you have probably seen Dick Morris endlessly criticizing the Clintons. However, I have not seen the hosts of these shows acknowledge that Morris might have a rather obvious personal bias when it comes to the Clintons. Dick Morris had been Bill Clinton’s Campaign Manager but was forced to resign due to a scandal. Morris, who was married, had been caught with a prostitute who he had allowed to listen to some of his private conversations with Clinton. Dick Morris is also often credited for teaching the Clintons the very same negative tactics that he regularly criticizes them for on Fox News.

Another regular contributor on Fox News is Oliver North. Oliver North was involved in the Iran-Contra scandal during the Reagan Administration. North is credited for selling weapons to Iran and helping to fund the Contras in Nicaragua. North has also been accused of aiding in drug smuggling and destroying documents dealing with the scandal. He has denied any involvement in drug dealing.

Recently, Karl Rove has become a political analyst at Fox News. As many know Karl Rove is widely believed to have been involved in leaking the identity of a CIA operative.

Why does Fox News hire such shady individuals with questionable ethics? Is it because Fox News cares more about ratings and niche marketing than professional standards? Of course it does. These individuals are infamous conservatives and Fox News was made for such individuals. It doesn’t matter if they might have biases or conflicts of interests.

Fox News has a conservative bias and a conservative agenda. Fox News plays to a certain segment of the population, who often feels under-represented in the media. However, their zeal for this market often overshadows professional ethics and standards.