Laura Ingraham’s history of problematic comments

April 4, 2018

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Right-wing commentator Laura Ingraham has been in a public spat with David Hogg, the 17-year-old survivor of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in February.

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She mocked him in a tweet for “whining about” getting rejected from several California colleges, despite having a 4.1 GPA.

Hogg has since been leading a social media push to get Ingraham’s advertisers to boycott her Fox News show.

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It’s been an objective success: At least 15 prominent brands have pulled their ad money from The Ingraham Angle, including Wayfair, TripAdvisor and Stitch Fix.

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But Ingraham has made a host of other problematic comments in the past, none of which have had repercussions like Hulu and Expedia running for the door.

In 1984, Ingraham outed gay college students.

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As an editor of Dartmouth College’s conservative student publication, Ingraham had a reporter collect the names of people involved in a club for gay students.

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She then outed the students in print and sent tapes of the meetings to the students’ parents.

— 2008 book Shock Jocks: Hate Speech and Talk Radio

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Ingraham has also touted other “fringe” opinions on LGBTQ communities.

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She’s said providing transgender transition-related health care to young people is “child abuse” and compared same-sex marriage to incest.

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In 2015, she advocated for the admittance of only Christian refugees into the United States.

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On her show, she said only refugees “we can verifiably say are Christians, who are in the threat of being slaughtered,” should be the ones to enter the U.S.

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I’m happy to bring in some of them … but … we cannot be the warehouse of all these, you know, Muslim people coming from these far-flung lands.

— Laura Ingraham on The Laura Ingraham Show

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In 2016, Media Matters reported that Ingraham said Mexicans come to the U.S. to “murder and rape our people.”

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That doesn’t mean everybody has, doesn’t mean everyone who comes across the border is a nasty, horrible person, but they have violated our laws.

— Laura Ingraham on The Laura Ingraham Show

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In February, she told NBA star LeBron James to “shut up and dribble.”

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James gave a wide-ranging ESPN interview in which he discussed family, President Donald Trump and being a black public figure in America.

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The No. 1 job in America, the appointed person, is someone who doesn’t understand the people.

— LeBron James to ESPN

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Ingraham responded on her show by saying the comments were “barely intelligible” and “ungrammatical.”

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Keep the political commentary to yourself. ... Shut up and dribble.

— Laura Ingraham on The Laura Ingraham Show

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Since the David Hogg-spurred ad boycott, Ingraham abruptly announced on-air that she would be taking a week off from her hosting duties.

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Citing a Fox News representative, the Los Angeles Times reported the time off was planned before advertisers fled her show.

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Regardless, the time off the air probably won’t help Ingraham escape the consequences of the boycott.