Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Laura Ingraham

The Bryan Fischer Award is given to those who display a staggering lack of self-awareness, accusing their opponents of their own worst actions and attributes. Laura Ingraham has surely earned that award by applying a double standard while pretending to expose a double standard.

The December 5 edition of conservative pundit Laura Ingraham’s newsletter attacked President Obama for recently meeting with MSNBC personalities, claiming that “if Fox News hosts and conservative personalities had stopped by the Bush White House to discuss policy” the press “would have been rightly outraged.” But President Bush did meet with a group of Fox News and conservative personalities at the White House — including Laura Ingraham…

The New York Times reported in October 2006 that Bush hosted a group of conservative personalities including Ingraham, Fox News host Sean Hannity (who also met with Bush at the White House the following year), and Fox News contributor Mike Gallagher. During the hour and a half meeting, which was part of a campaign “to reclaim and re-energize a crucial army of supporters that is not as likely to walk in lockstep with the White House as it has in the past,” Bush “discussed his case for the war in Iraq, his immigration proposals and even the personality of his Scottish terrier Barney, who scratched on the door during the session until the president relented and let him into the office, according to several hosts who attended.”

Naturally, her spokesperson says that “the circumstances of her meeting the president were quite different.” And they were. They met with a white president, which is totally different.

8 comments on this post.
  1. TX_secular:

    How about a second award for the clip Jon Stewart showed last night where she said people should not talk about topics they no nothing about?

  2. TX_secular:

    Opps…”know” I should know better than to type before coffee. Sorry.

  3. Gvlgeologist, FCD:

    I’m far too cynical to think that this is “a staggering lack of self-awareness”. This is hypocrisy, pure and simple. She knew what she did during the Bush admin. She just didn’t think she’d be called on it – and to the vast majority of her followers, she hasn’t. They won’t listen to a liberal like Stewart, or read “mediamaters dot org”. So to most of them, she is again pointing out the evil partisanship of MSNBC.

    Now her followers, they’re the ones with the “staggering lack of self-awareness”. She couldn’t get away with it otherwise.

  4. eric:

    @1 – off topic, but Stewart’s coverage of the Senate shennanigans was also highly amusing.

    1. The Republicans propose an unserious fiscal bill because they figure the Dems will refuse to bring it to a vote, and then the GOP can use that refusal to embarrass them/score a sound byte.
    2. But the Dems DO start to put it to a vote, and it could pass, making the Dems look look like they are addressing the country’s problems…
    3. So the GOP sponsor of the bill filibusters his own bill.

    Now THAT’s good political theater. Mmmmmm.

  5. Modusoperandi:

    “Naturally, her spokesperson says that ‘the circumstances of her meeting the president were quite different.’ And they were. They met with a white president, which is totally different.”

    To be fair, he was also a Republican.

  6. Hayden:

    They met with a white president, which is totally different.

    Really? Do we really have to go there? Can’t we just chalk this up to a good old fashioned double standard?

  7. Michael Heath:

    Hayden writes:

    Really? Do we really have to go there? Can’t we just chalk this up to a good old fashioned double standard?

    Fox News’ racism is well-established, especially in regards to Barack Obama. To not note their racism would be irresponsible.

  8. dan4:

    @3: “She knew what she did…”

    Mind-reading powers are so awesome (*rolls eyes*)!

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