Did Fox News’ Laura Ingraham Promote a White Supremacist?


That’s what the Huffington Post suggested in it’s most recent column today.

Take a look at their headline:

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Wow, what a headline!

Certainly got my attention.  

They hit her on Twitter too:

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Here's a portion of the HuffPost article with more details on the accusation:

Fox News released a statement in defense of host Laura Ingraham after she featured white supremacist Paul Nehlen in a graphic of “prominent voices censored on social media” on her show Thursday night.

Critics raged that Ingraham would feature Nehlen ― a known anti-Semite who was seen in a T-shirt that celebrated the shooter of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh ― as a sympathetic character whose speech was under attack. But in a statement on Friday, Fox News homed in on CNN’s characterization of the segment, saying it was “obscene to suggest” that she was “defending” Nehlen.

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During a segment on “The Ingraham Angle” Thursday, Ingraham displayed a graphic of “prominent voices censored on social media” while discussing what Ingraham characterized as a liberal plot to “silence conservative voices” with conservative commentator Candace Owens. 

Among the voices she deemed “silenced” on social media were conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, career Islamophobe and online troll Laura Loomer, and Nehlen, all of whom have been banned from various social media platforms for breaking their terms of service in regards to hate speech.

While Fox News’ defense of Ingraham claims that many of those names were lifted from an Associated Press report “on best known political extremists banned from Facebook,” Ingraham never characterized them as extremists. Instead, during her segment, she said they’d been “shunned” from social media and called for conservatives to “stand up to these censors.”

Ingraham herself appeared to respond to criticism by wagging her finger on Twitter at those who would give a platform to racists.

“Retweeting screenshots of despicable old tweets by racists and/or anti-semites must make those racists & anti-semites very happy,” she tweeted Friday.

That platform, however, was given to Nehlen and broadcast to Fox News’ massive daily audience. Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump tweeted that he would be watching Ingraham’s show, and urged others to follow along.

Meanwhile, one of the show’s advertisers, a photo company called Fracture, told HuffPost that it would pull its ads from “The Ingraham Angle,” saying that “she expressed alarming views that run entirely counter to the values that we hold as a company.”

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