It can not be said enough, Laura Ingraham is an established racist. Ingraham has demonized minorities on radio and television for years, so it is no surprise on her reaction to the Ferguson protestors, who are protesting the killing of Michael Brown, an 18-year old African American man. In Ferguson, a number of protestors are African American, as the percentage of African Americans has soared to almost 70% in Ferguson. Ingraham, in her racist fit of anger, has depicted the Ferguson protestors as “thugs” or a “lynch mob.” However, as Media Matters have noted, Ingraham had a much different tune when it came to the Cliven Bundy protestors.
Even despite the fact that some protestors had sniper riffles pointed at federal officials, and repeatedly made threats against government officials, Ingraham referred to the protestors as the new “Freedom Riders.”
Ingraham’s reaction to the two situations illustrates a few things: Ingraham is a complete racist, in my opinion. By referring to the Ferguson protestors as thugs, Ingraham is degrading minorities, using dog whistle politics to reach the all white audience at Fox News. Second, it shows you just how partisan she really is. Only if she agrees with the cause of the protest, will she speak favorably about the protestors.
Of course, this is conduct we’d expect from an ABC News contributor, right? Ingraham has a history of calling people fat and playing incendiary sound clips on her show. Last year, I believe, Ingraham played a shotgun blast to mark the end of a speech given by Representative John Lewis commemorating Dr. King and the Civil Right Movement. A few years before that, she called Megan McCain fat. When confronted, she hides behind the notion of humor and being in good faith. But really she is an immature person steeped in hatred.
Most recently on her declining radio show, Ingraham indirectly called Michelle Obama fat by playing the Queen song “Fat Bottomed Girl” while discussing her. Not to brag, but, this was so predicable that I predicted this to myself last week.
As Ralph Nader asks, at what point do these people lose credibility?
One of the most racist arguments anyone could make, is that certain groups are associated with disease. Ian Haney Lopez, among others, categorize this as a cultural assumption of inferiority- immigrants breed crime and disease, blacks are lazy, etc. We would expect to hear such arguments from the klan, or perhaps another nativist white supremacy group, but a paid ABC News Contributor? This is insane. Here is what Laura Ingraham said on her show, as captured by Media Matters:
INGRAHAM: And now the reports over the weekend about the spread of TB and other illnesses in this country and diseases that we thought we had vanquished that were basically eradicated from American society, including one resistant strain of TB that I believe, in 60 percent of the cases, can be fatal. So this is serious. And who’s to blame if, heaven forbid, an American citizen dies of a communicable disease spread by the these folks spreading all over the country. The government spreads the illegal immigrants across the country, and the disease is spread across the country. Who gets the blame here?
To respond to this argument is almost justifying its merit, so I will not do so; however, I will make some additional points.
Even though ABC News essentially endorses this racist rhetoric, the good news is Laura Ingraham’s audience has dwindled down. According to Talkers Magazine, Ingraham’s listening audience has plummeted to just over 2 million listeners. At one point, Ingraham was over 7 million.
Maybe the day is coming where someone the likes of Laura Ingraham will be relegated to the militia crowd.