Laura Ingraham is a Fox News personality whose job is to say nice things about Donald Trump and generally seem kind of impatient, a job that she carries off while exuding all the charisma and personal warmth of a clenched butt cheek. Last night, during her show Laura Ingraham Would Like To Speak To A Manager, she took issue with comments that LeBron James and Kevin Durant recently made about President Trump:
What’s wild about this is not that Ingraham thinks LeBron is wrong or uninformed; it’s her job to take offense on Trump’s behalf, after all, and that involves a lot of similar playacting. The wild part is the method through which she tries to communicate that rebuke. There is nothing about LeBron’s comments that are remotely hard to understand or parse, and yet Ingraham goes straight for an attack on his “un-grammatical” and “barely intelligible” words. She even gets in a sneering dig at his standard use of the word “like.” I wonder why that is?
Update (4:57 p.m.): A Fox News flak has asked that the following statement from Laura Ingraham—in which she clarifies that she’s frequently rude and stupid in ways that are sometimes not racist, and also got a basic fact wrong during last night’s dumb little shtick—be added to the post:
In 2003, I wrote a New York Times bestseller called ‘Shut Up & Sing,’ in which I criticized celebrities like the Dixie Chicks & Barbra Streisand who were trashing then-President George W. Bush. I have used a variation of that title for more than 15 years to respond to performers who sound off on politics. I’ve told Robert DeNiro to ‘Shut Up & Act,’ Jimmy Kimmel to ‘Shut Up & Make Us Laugh,’ and just this week told the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich to ‘Shut up & Coach.’ If pro athletes and entertainers want to freelance as political pundits, then they should not be surprised when they’re called out for insulting politicians. There was no racial intent in my remarks - false, defamatory charges of racism are a transparent attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism. Additionally, we stated on my show that these comments came from an ESPN podcast, which was not the case - the content was unaffiliated with ESPN.