The talk radio star makes her debut on Fox News
on Monday – and by hiring
her, Rupert Murdoch seems to have picked a side in the Republican
Media Matters: It
is not a surprise that another right-wing commentator
would continue the tradition of making things up about President Barack Obama.
the ‘Breitbart Embassy’ on Capitol Hill last week, Steve Bannon , the
ex-Chief Strategist at the White House now back at the alt-right
Breitbart news website, threw a book party for Laura Ingraham, the
conservative talk radio star who is poised to ascend to one of the
premier spots in American cable TV.
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When she makes her Fox News debut on Monday evening, in primetime, the
media and political establishment will be watching. And by hiring her,
it seems, Rupert Murdoch’s network has picked a side in the Republican
Ingraham might as easily be considered an activist as an anchor. As the
longtime conservative radio host Charlie Sykes put it to the Guardian:
“She’s as hardcore a Trumpist as you’re going to find on the air.”
ties to Bannon were once a liability in Washington, in 2017 they appear
to have become an asset – and one Fox wants to cash in on as well. The
subtext, said Feldstein, now a professor at the University of Maryland,
is that Fox sees Trump’s base as its core audience.
During the recent Republican Senate runoff in Alabama, Ingraham threw
her support behind Roy Moore, the Bannon-backed insurgent, even as
Donald Trump backed the establishment incumbent, Luther Strange. On her
radio show before the vote, Ingraham asked Moore if he thought Trump
had become disconnected from his core constituency.
“I think that he may be,” Moore replied. “And I think that he’s being
badly advised out of the White House.”
Moore duly won.
When she takes over in Fox News’s 10pm hour, Ingraham will lay down a
markerfor the direction Fox is heading, and how closely it intends to
side with Trump in Bannon’s battle with the Republican “establishment”.
Asked recently if she would be bringing a Breitbartesque, hard-right
and nationalist-tinged approach to her show, she replied: “I don’t call
it Breitbart, I call it American.”
She also, it bears mentioning, offers Fox female star power at a time
when the network sorely needs it. Beyond the barrage of sexual
harassment claims, Fox recently lost star anchor Megyn Kelly to NBC
after Kelly antagonized Trump during the campaign with a tough line of
questioning around his treatment of women.
Ingraham was born in Glastonbury, Connecticut, where her mother worked
as a waitress. She attended Dartmouth, where she wrote for the
conservative student newspaper, then graduated from the University of
Virginia law school and clerked for the supreme court justice Clarence
She found her calling in the world of conservative radio and fashioned
herself as something of an honest broker. A prominent personality,
well-connected in Washington, she has her own following and a
reputation that has held up over time. She also offers Fox some sorely
needed female star power. There has been a barrage of sexual harassment
claims against high-profile male employees. Star anchor Megyn Kelly
recently moved to NBC.
Ingraham lives in a big house on a leafy street in Virginia. As such,
she may not seem an obvious pick to speak to America’s heartland. But,
she says, she never forgets her working-class roots. The latest of her
half a dozen books is titled: Billionaire at the Barricades: The
Populist Revolution From Reagan to Trump.
Murdoch was once thought to be ambivalent about Bannon, but he now
appears to be opening his arms to the former White House strategist and
his marshalling of forces set on destroying the “globalist” Republican
Though Ingraham has been called “Trump before Trump”, she has said she
will not soft-pedal her coverage. In a recent interview, she said Trump
would likely be “irked”.
But when she does depart from Trump, she typically does so by moving
the discussion even further to the right. That is a different model to
that of Trump-pleasing Fox News anchors like Sean Hannity. According to
Angelo Carusone, president of the liberal thinktank Media Matters, it
is a move straight out of the Bannon playbook.
With Ingraham, he said: “When you think, ‘Wow, she’s just said
something that was not 100% in lockstep the president,’ you step back
to see what she said was actually worse and scarier and more extreme.”
The veteran investigative journalist Mark Feldstein said Ingraham’s
switch to Fox News primetime illustrates how transparent the alliance
between conservative media and the president has become.
“There’s actually a long history of journalistic commentators climbing
in and out of bed with politicians,” he said. “What’s interesting, is
how open this is.”
In a recent profile by the New York Times, Ingraham referred to the
president as a friend.
That the Guardian, a
paper described as "the world's leading liberal voice," could, and
any apparent leftist predisposition—this
Laura Ingraham article reminds us of just how utterly enthralled by
leftist agenda politics are America's news rags. You know who
are. Anyway, here's a story about my own, erm, fascination for Laura
I was a regular Free Republic contributor in
mid '90's when she caught my eye. Knock-down beautiful!
When I read
that she was a (1991) University of
Virginia School of Law grad, I
tried matchmaking. I am not making this up. I e-mailed her that
Greeper was himself at UVA's law school, and would very much like
meet her. Really had no expectations; didn't even tell Greep
until later. I recollect that she answered with a
Wouldn't have worked out anyway. A few years later, after
calling off his own wedding, Greep told his mother that
he was gay (never has told
me, to this day.) Later, he asked his mom
"what dad say?" She answered," I
crying, and dad asked what was wrong. I told him you were gay and he
said 'OMG, I thought you were going to say he turned a Democrat."