Michael Gaynor
Laura Ingraham, unfooled and uncowed. NOT Fox News
By Michael Gaynor
January 14, 2011

History shows that Democrats reflexively blame Republicans without proof, pretend that supporting the Tea Party is fomenting violence and prescribe rhetorical double standards to promote the radical agenda.

Compared to ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN, Fox News. is conservative. But that's because they are on the left. Fox is to their right, but in the middle, from an objective perspective.

The tragic Arizona shootings are being used to boost President Obama's re-election prospects and to soften criticism of Obama and his administration and agenda.

CBS News happily reported that Fox News was succumbing to the pressure.

Stephanie Condon, "Fox News' Roger Ailes: 'Tone it Down'" (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20028077-503544.html):

"In the wake of the tragic shooting in Tuscon, Ariz. that left six dead and 14 injured, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Fox News President Roger Ailes is saying that his network and others in politics and the media need to 'tone it down.'"

Condon further reported that Ailes deemed the post-shooting attacks on Sarah Palin as partisan, but proclaimed maps of targeted districts such as one used by Palin common, but "wrong."


"Ailes to some extent defended Sarah Palin's use of crosshairs imagery during the 2010 campaign, arguing that such rhetoric was not uncommon in politics. Palin has come under criticism in the wake of the shooting for having created a 'target list' of lawmakers she hoped to unseat, including Giffords. Palin released a map featuring the 20 targeted House Democrats that used crosshairs to show their districts.

"'They're using this thing... apparently there was a map from one of Palin's things that had [Giffords] targeted district,' Ailes said. 'So, we looked at the Internet and the first thing we found in 2007, the Democrat Party had a targeted map with targets on it for the Palin district. These maps have been used for for years that I know of.'

"But Ailes called the use of such imagery 'bulls**t' and said 'both sides are wrong, but they both do it.'

"'I told all of our guys, shut up, tone it down, make your argument intellectually,' the Fox News president said. 'You don't have to do it with bombast. I hope the other side does that.'"

Last night "Ingraham Angle" segment on "The O'Reilly Factor" showed Ingraham at her best and O'Reilly exposed.

Ingraham on Obama's speech on what was billed as a memorial service: "Nobody on Fox will say it, but I'll say it: it was a campaign event."

O'Reilly: "I don't think Obama and his folks had anything to do with that."

Ingraham: "I know you are about to interview him, but I don't buy it."

O'Reilly: "My interview with President Obama has nothing to do with my commentary, zero, so get off that."

Ingraham proceeded to opine that "Obama knew there was a political element to the speech" and "it's not the rhetoric that's the problem, it's the policies."

Game, set, match to Ingraham.

The shooter was NOT a Tea Partier, or a talk radio fan, and it was the Left that rushed to judgment, believed what it wanted to believe and vilified its political opponents starting with Sarah Palin.

I have not noticed it reported currently, but after Congresswoman Giffords voted for Obamacare, there was a report that her Tucson office was vandalized and the local Democrat Party chairman immediately blamed "Republicans."

Marlene H. Phillips: Democratic Congresswoman's Office Vandalized After Health Care Vote (www.huffingtonpost.com/marlene-h-phillips/democratic-congresswomans_b_508913.html):

"According to eyewitnesses, the front door and the glass beside the front door of the Congresswoman's office were smashed. As reported by the Arizona Daily Star, staffers said the office alarm went off at 2:40 a.m., not long after her staff had vacated the building after watching the House vote in favor of Health Care Reform. Since the front door to Gifford's office is not visible from the street it would seem the act was not random. Congresswoman Gifford's spokesperson, C.J. Karamargin, noted that phone calls received at the office during the debate leading up to last night's historic vote were 'more nasty and rude' then previous calls, with more profanity.

"While no arrests have been made in the attack, one person in Congresswoman Gifford's district was quick to assign at least partial blame for the violence. 'The Republicans are responsible for this anger,' said Jeff Rogers, Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party. 'You saw them cheerleading the tea partiers yesterday. They're fomenting this anger and violence.'"

History shows that Democrats reflexively blame Republicans without proof, pretend that supporting the Tea Party is fomenting violence and prescribe rhetorical double standards to promote the radical agenda.

Sadly, not really conservative Fox News is "toning down."

Happily, really conservative, Ingraham ISN'T backing down.

© Michael Gaynor


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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)


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