Laura Ingraham, the Miley Cyrus of the right, evidently will stoop to any depth for attention.
A new low occurred during her Aug. 26 program, when she criticized speakers at the Washington march anniversary celebration.
Ingraham played a brief excerpt of comments by John Lewis, a Democratic congressman who spoke at the original march, cutting him off mid-sentence with the sound of a gunshot.
Lewis, now 73 and serving his 14th term in the House, suffered a fractured skull in the first 1965 Selma march.
Fellow civil rights leaders such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers lost their lives. To gunmen.
John Lewis, then leader of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, is beaten by a state trooper in 1965, during a right-to-vote march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.
Ingraham now chooses to silence Lewis with a gunshot. As Joan Walsh writes in Salon, Ingraham also happens to be an NRA flag-waver.
Is she trying to use the power of suggestion, or just racheting up the outrage for more coverage?
Neither, she says.
The sound, she insists, was not that of a gun but of a “blow up” effect.
|My producers and I have used this blow up effect to interrupt windbags for 10 years of political and cultural persuasions. The cannon or “blow up” sound is meant to convey the gaseous thoughts of a speaker combusting…|
It’s a revealing defense. Ingraham (and her producers, mind you, whom she’s quick to bring into the fray) consider the “blow up” sound appropriate regardless of context.
The violence suffered by civil rights activists at the hands of authorities, vigilantes and assassins doesn’t merit a second thought. Or even a first.
Note: Please forgive our admittedly tasteless “Laura twerk” collage above. It’s our producers’ fault. They call it the “Miley effect.”