Shock pundit Laura Ingraham is at it again. This morning on Fox News, Ingraham made the following comment about the Obama Administration’s decision to drop age restrictions on the sale of the morning after pill, “It’s a good deal for pedophiles, a good deal for people who commit statutory rape against young girls. If mothers and fathers across this country hear this, and they think, ‘Well, I guess my daughter or her boyfriend or her rapist can go out to a pharmacy and get a bunch of, you know, hormone pills to give a little girl’… We don’t really know the effect of a spiking or dropping a little girl’s… in many cases a young woman’s or a little girl’s hormonal levels. It’s outrageous!”
Of course, Ingraham is wrong, ” As Katie McDonough pointed out over at Salon in May:
This line of argument is not based in reality: forensic investigations do not require a pregnancy to confirm an assault and women’s bodies are not incubators for evidence in rape cases.”
Rapist will attack someone because they want to, not because there is a morning after pill that will hide the evidence. In addition, “Women’s health experts have long supported universal access to the morning-after pill. Nancy Northrup, CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said of the administration’s reversal that she was “pleased that women should soon be able to buy Plan B One-Step without the arbitrary restrictions that kept it locked behind the pharmacy counter when they needed it most urgently.”
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As if Laura Ingraham couldn’t be more misinformed, juvenile, and hypocritical, she comes up with this gem. We’ll start on the hypocrisy. It wasn’t more than a few days ago that Ingraham condemned “feminists” for their lack of outrage for what she considered misogynistic jokes about women at the Academy Awards. But yet here she is using battered women, a serious problem in America, to attack the press for alledged bias towards the Obama administration.
The idea of Laura Ingraham accusing the press of being prostitutes for the current administration is laughable when you look at Ingraham’s history. This is the same corporate-paid shill that met with Bush to discuss ways to sell the Iraq war to the American people. This is the same lady who is sponsored by corporate groups like the Chamber of Commerce, the same group that determined Bush’s economic policies, as they have done for just about every Republican administration for the past 30 plus years. In addition, the Bush Administration secretley met with oil executives, war contractors, and other vested interests without a peep from corporate-shills like Ingraham.
Ingraham is so blatantly misinformed about the media, it’s ridiculous. She makes her living by convincing her low-information listeners that somehow the media in America is liberal. This is laughable when you look at how the media is structured as a whole. Someone should tell Laura: the media is as liberal as the corporations that own it. The six major corporations that consist of our media make their profits through giving airtime to shills like Laura Ingraham who push anti-union, derregulation, supply side propaganda. This is the same propaganda that convinces ordinary Americans that these policies are beneficial somehow to us all. All one has to do is look at the relationship between Ingraham’s sponsores and the media to determine just how liberal the media is.
On the juvenile front, Ingraham takes the cake. As do many right-wing pundits, Ingraham continues to use juvenile attacks to attack people and institutions she does not like. For example, a few years ago during the health care debate, she compared Speaker Nancy Pelosi to a prostitute. She on many occassions has insulted the physical appearance of people like Barbara Boxer, Megan McCain, Hilary Clinton, and just about everyone else that doesn’t fit her corporate agenda.
As I have noted on my radio show several times, the hypocrisy on the part of the right-wing is astounding. Laura Ingraham has proven herself to be a right-wing partisan who most recently expressed her desire to see the GOP revive the Southern Strategy. She has critized Obama on everything from smoking (which she herself does) and eating a particular kind of mustard.
Since Ingraham’s declining radio show has been off the air and struggling to find a syndication company, she releases “newsletters” on her website. Today she criticized Obama for meeting with MSNBC hosts recently, even though she and other right-wing radio hosts met with President Bush in 2006.
Ingraham’s staff tried to cover up the embarassment by stating, “”Although I didn’t know Laura had visited the Bush White House with other conservative radio hosts, the circumstances of her meeting the president were quite different.” Of course, this is a lie: The New York Times noted that the 2006 meeting included discussions about the war in Iraq and Bush’s immigration proposals (both of which were under heavy debate at the time). The meeting also took place near the 2006 midterm elections and was reportedly part of a Republican campaign to persuade and energize supporters. Media Matters.