Laura Ingraham, Gretchen Carlson Proudly Proclaim They Have Banned Video Games In Their Homes

With Americans still picking up the pieces from the massacre in Connecticut on Friday, Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson and conservative radio host Laura Ingraham announced on Tuesday that they have instituted a partial or complete ban on video games in their homes.

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“There’s been a lot of talk about the fact that kids are actually experiencing what it feels like to murder somebody when they play these games,” Carlson said, asking Ingraham’s opinion on games. “I have to tell you that I made a decision after this happened Friday to not buy a specific kind of video equipment for my child that eventually he could get those games for.”

“Until, as Gretchen said, we talk about what our children consume, what they listen to, what they watch – the numbness that I see in the culture, with killings on television, with people thrown in the back of cars on television with their throats open – I don’t watch this stuff,” Ingraham said.

“I don’t allow video games in my house,” Ingraham added. “For me, personally, no more screen time. I think the screen time in numbing these kids.”

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Jon Stewart Tears Into Fox News For Arbitrarily Deciding When And Where People Can Talk About Gun Control

Jon Stewart opened his show tonight by addressing the controversy over the murder-suicide of NFL linebacker Javon Belcher and the seemingly arbitrary way the zeitgeist decides when it becomes appropriate to talk about gun violence after an act of such violence has been committed. Stewart highlighted inconsistencies in the logic behind such arguments, particularly at Fox News.

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Stewart brought up the commentary by Bob Costas that ignited this whole gun control controversy. He acknowledged that it was a very complex issue that Costas didn’t fully address, but he was at least “trying to start a conversation.” Of course, the conversation was immediately intercepted and run past the ten-yard line by Fox News. Practically every pundit at the network said halftime isn’t the right time to talk about gun control.

Stewart tried to figure out exactly where and when, by Fox’s standards, it would be appropriate to talk about gun control in the wake of incidents of gun violence. Michael Bloomberg did not wait long enough for Fox, violating the strict waiting periods we have on guns… er, rhetoric about guns. It’s also based on who said it, with Laura Ingraham in particular telling Costas to “shut up” and go back to talking about sports.

Stewart shot back by asking why Costas can’t talk about guns, but Ingraham can. Stewart took Ingraham’s words and flipped them on her by suggesting she needs to “shut up and shut up.”

However, whereas gun control language is more sensitive and needs to be said only after an acceptable amount of time, Stewart noticed the arguments from the other side of the gun debate don’t need to wait as long. In particular, there’s apparently no need to care about being “respectful,” with some Fox hosts suggesting that Belcher could have easily strangled his girlfriend.

Apparently the only window we have to talk about gun violence is when there is no gun violence in the news, and the only window we had closed two weeks ago.

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Laura Ingraham: GOP Will Be Adrift Until They Figure Out ‘What They Stand For’

Guest-hosting for Bill O’Reilly tonight, Laura Ingraham delivered a reality check of sorts to the Republican party following their big defeat in the presidential election. Ingraham said that the factions of the GOP with disagreements over social issues need to drop their differences and unite behind a common conservative cause, because until they do, they’re going to remain in the political wilderness.

Ingraham said the GOP thinks President Obama has the upper hand in the fiscal cliff negotiations, but no matter what they do, they’re stuck. Giving in to Obama means letting down the conservative base that supported them; continuing to stand firm against Obama might earn them the ire of angry voters for failing to come to a consensus on the fiscal cliff negotiations.

Ingraham criticized Republican “defeatism” and made it clear that libertarians and social conservatives need to find some way to come together, because otherwise, the conservative movement appears to be divided.

“There is no conservative Republican consensus on globalization, immigration reform, the China threat, or on our Mideast policy. Conservatives couldn’t even agree on sensible steps on health care reform… the Republican party will continue to be adrift unless conservatives, still the most influential group within the party, have a clear sense of what they stand for and what policies will best serve their cause and the nation’s.”

But in spite of how bad things look for the GOP, Ingraham remained bullish about the party being able to overcome its problems, just as it has in past decades.

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Laura Ingraham Newsletter Blasts Obama/MSNBC Meeting, Despite Her 2006 Visit To Bush White House

On Wednesday, Laura Ingraham‘s newsletter, the “Daily Fix,” criticized the President Obama‘s meeting with MSNBC hosts (among other members of the “progressive media”) — remarking that had Fox News hosts met with President Bush. Incidentally, the staffer who wrote the newsletter was unaware that Ingraham herself was among the group of conservative personalities who visited the Bush White House in 2006.

“Can anyone even imagine how the press would have reacted if Fox News hosts and conservative personalities had stopped by the Bush White House to discuss policy?,” the newsletter reads. “They would have been rightly outraged. Given MSNBC’s history of blatantly promoting the DNC’s talking points and spewing left-wing talking points, maybe it’s time they just become Obama’s official mouthpiece.”

Liberal watchdog Media Matters for America noted a New York Times story from 2006, which reported on “an influential group of conservative radio hosts” meeting with Bush at the White House. That group included Ingraham and Fox News’ Sean Hannity, and was reportedly “part of an intensive Republican Party 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.”

The White House and the Republican National Committee are hammering home that point in interviews, talking-point bulletins and a healthy dollop of pomp that only a White House can provide.

The effort will peak on Oct. 24, when the administration will hold something of a talk-radio summit meeting, inviting dozens of hosts to set up booths on the White House grounds, where top cabinet officials are expected to sit for interviews.
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But, several hosts said, the most telling development so far this year was the White House decision to invite some of the most popular hosts to the Oval Office for off-the-record time with the president.

The staffer who wrote the newsletter responded to Media Matters:

“During Laura’s brief radio hiatus, the Daily Fix is written by staff. Although I didn’t know Laura had visited the Bush White House with other conservative radio hosts, the circumstances of her meeting the president were quite different. Laura did not go to the White House to advise the president, but was simply briefed on policy for perhaps an hour. More importantly, it wasn’t in the middle of a critical period when the President should be meeting with members of Congress to discuss resolving something as important as the fiscal cliff. The gist of the Daily Fix was that President Obama was neglecting crucial negotiations to meet with liberal members of the media, and that point still stands.”

The 2006 meeting, according to the Times, lasted an hour-and-a-half and included discussion of Bush’s case for the war in Iraq as well as his immigration proposals.

(h/t Media Matters)

Laura Ingraham To Bob Costas: ‘You Don’t Know That Much About What You’re Talking About’

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham joined the hosts of Fox & Friends to offer her take on NBC Sports announcer Bob Costas taking the opportunity of an NFL broadcast to advocate for stricter gun control measures in the wake of the murder/suicide of NFL player Jovan Belcher. Ingraham warned Costas that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about and said that he should focus on ensuring that sports remains one of the last “politics-free” zones.

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“What’s being lost in the shuffle in this discussion is domestic violence,” said Gretchen Carlson of the public debate over gun violence following the Belcher’s murder/suicide.

“I guess Costas doesn’t think Belcher is strong enough to asphyxiate his girlfriend, or smart enough to hook up a hose into his garage and kill her through asphyxiation by carbon monoxide,” Ingraham replied. “So, he must have an enormous amount of information that the rest of us don’t have.”

“It’s the typical, liberal, kneejerk response to a tragedy. That it is – imagine if he had got up there and said, ‘Well, this just shows you that you shouldn’t be cohabitating with people who aren’t your spouses and you shouldn’t have kids out of wedlock.’ What if he’d said that,” Ingraham asked hypothetically.

Steve Doocy said that the cities with the strongest gun control laws have significant violent crime rates, leading him to question if gun control laws were effective at deterring crimes like Belcher’s.

“The analysis is so facile, it’s so glib,” Ingraham added. “He’s a very talented guy, but he wants to be seen as very serious on every subject. And I would suggest to Mr. Costas, you don’t know that much about what you’re talking about.”

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Laura Ingraham’s Radio Show Going Off The Air — Temporarily

Conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham will be going off the air soon. At least for a while she negotiates a new contract for her radio show, The Laura Ingraham Show.

Ingraham’s contract with her distributor, Talk Radio Network, ended after nine years. According to the Associated Press, “she is in discussions with other distributors about her show, which currently airs on 325 stations nationally.”

Per the AP:

Talkers magazine says the conservative Ingraham is the most-listened to woman on radio, with an estimated 5.75 million listeners a week. Talkers said that ranks her among the top eight radio hosts overall.

Ingraham said she’ll maintain her online presence in the absence of her radio show, as well as her appearance on Fox News.

UPDATE: Ingraham posted the following message to her listeners:

After more than 9 years with the distributor Talk Radio Network, I decided it was time to move on. After much thought and reflection, I have decided to pursue my first loves–modern dance and the xylophone. In the highly unlikely event that these efforts do not prove fruitful, I intend to return to radio.

Seriously–to the more than 300 stations that carry the Laura Ingraham Show and to all my loyal listeners, I feel the time is right to expand and retool my radio program and to explore other syndication options, which I am now actively pursuing. During this brief hiatus, my team and I will continue to deliver thought-provoking and entertaining analysis via my website lauraingraham.com and twitter @IngrahamAngle. And of course, I’ll be doing my regular appearances on Fox News. I anticipate making an announcement concerning the show in the near future. Stay tuned!

Laura Ingraham: ‘Wobbly’ GOP Can ‘Look Forward To A 2014 Wipeout’ If They Raise Taxes Without Cuts

On Tuesday, Laura Ingraham lashed out at Congressional Republicans who have indicated publically that they would be willing to waiver on their pledge to not raise taxes in the wake of President Barack Obama’s reelection. Ingraham warned that Congressional Republicans need to get concessions from their Democratic colleagues or face a devastating midterm election cycle in 2014.

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Steve Doocy asked Ingraham about a White House memo that claimed Republican lawmakers should cut a deal on the fiscal cliff or they may ruin Christmas for most Americans. Ingraham said that this type of baseless, White House-led hysteria was reminiscent of the debate leading up to the passage of the health care reform law and the stimulus package.

“Here is my question for all these wobbly Republicans and Democrats who tell us the sky is falling: where have they been for the last two years,” Ingraham asked. “I’m so tired of Obama putting a gun to the head of the American people, and Republicans saying ‘oh, what are we going to do?’”

Ingraham chided President Obama for adopting a negotiating position with Republicans that looked more like campaigning, by bringing in CEOs and community leaders to pressure the House GOP into a deal rather than sitting down with them.

Gretchen Carlson asked if Ingraham was being too hard on Congressional Republicans, but Ingraham insisted that she was not. She said that Republicans were negotiating by giving away their principles first which she said is weak.

“Republican should look forward to a 2014 wipeout if they compromise without getting some real, verifiable cuts,” Ingraham insisted.

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