Laura Ingraham is “an articulate and telegenic” conservative political commentator, the most listened-to nationally-syndicated female talk show host, and author of the books The Hillary Trap, Shut Up & Sing: How the Elites in Hollywood, Politics…and the UN are Subverting America and Power to the People, a book about the “pornification” of America (released on September 11, 2007).
She began her illustrious career as the first female editor-in-chief of Darmouth University’s independent conservative newspaper The Dartmouth Review. According to her faculty adviser Jeffrey Hart she held “the most extreme anti-homosexual views imaginable,” even going so far as to avoid a local restaurant for fear that its gay waiters might touch her silverware or spit in her food and give her AIDS. During her tenure as EIC, she sent an unannounced reporter to gay student meetings and published a transcript with names of attendees in the paper. She characterized a campus gay rights group as “cheerleaders for latent campus Sodomites.”
GLAAD has called Ingraham one of the most Anti-Gay Voices of 2008 for using transgender people “as punching bags.” She questioned how parents of a transgender youth “aren’t embarrassed” by their child, alluded that being gay is a “bad choice”, and said that the Transgender Leadership Summit is “killing the culture” (something military veteran and trans-blogger Autumn Sandeen took great offense at). Even Bill O’Reilly has referred to Ingraham as a “blind ideologue” and a “Kool-Aid drinker.”
In 1997 Ingraham experienced a barely registrable change of heart when her estranged brother Curtis came out. In a 1994 essay in the Washington Post, Ingraham said:
In the ten years since I learned my brother Curtis was gay, my views and rhetoric about homosexuality have been tempered—not because Curtis proselytizes on gay rights, but because I have seen him and his companion, Richard, lead their lives with dignity, fidelity and courage. … Knowing what they had been through together made it sound antiseptic, almost an insult.
Nonetheless, she still says that she will always be against gay marriage, even though actual marriage would have made it easier for her brother to visit his dying lover.
Ingraham said that until her brother’s ordeal she didn’t understand the urgency for AIDS funding, the problems gay couples face with insurance and the emotional strain of continuing discrimination. But doesn’t a commentator have a responsibility to find out about such things before venturing an opinion, even if it means looking outside your own tribe?
Responding to a column written by pro-gay RINO, Meghan McCain, Ingraham called McCain, “just another Valley Girl gone awry” and “plus-sized.” Meghan retorted by telling Ingraham to “kiss my fat ass,” something that makes me want to kiss Meghan McCain’s fat ass.
Bonus bitchy story!: In his book Blinded by the Right–the Conscience of an Ex-Conservative, gay “right wing hitman” David Brock said that he used to be BFFs with Ms. Ingraham. Together they snorted what they thought was cocaine but was actually cat tranquilizer. Drugged-up Igraham crawled on all fours through a crowded dance floor to where Brock had passed out in the men’s bathroom. Later, she set him up on a blind date with gay journalist Matt Drudge. Drudge showed up in a sporty red compact car with a dozen roses (yawn), stepped on the feet of someone Brock found attractive and told that person to “back off.” Brock called Drudge “a scary date.”