In a column published Wednesday at “Birther” and conspiracy hub World Net Daily, former Los Angeles Times columnist Burt Prelutsky wrote that Fox News needed to purge itself of liberal guests and commentators. Right Wing Watch reported that Prelutsky arrived at the idea through a misinterpretation of remarks made by AM talk radio host Laura Ingraham.
“Recently, Laura Ingraham was a guest on Howard Kurtz’s Sunday Fox show, ‘Media Buzz,’” Prelutsky wrote. “She offered what I thought was an intelligent solution to a problem that has been annoying me for some time.”
“(T)oo many shows have fallen into the habit of teaming up a liberal and a conservative, and having them spend five or 10 raucous minutes shouting over each other and trading insults,” he continued.
“Ingraham’s suggestion was to unload the liberals and, instead, invite conservatives on board and let them hash out their differences. She’s right,” he said. “It would be far more enlightening to hear Republicans share their differences over immigration reform, same-sex marriages, gun laws, health care and foreign policy. What’s more, we would be spared ever again having to listen to the likes of Juan Williams, Geraldo Rivera, Bob Beckel and Alan Colmes flapping their gums.”
Prelutsky bills himself as a humorist. In 2013, he penned a derogatory column about California’s female elected officials.
“Frankly,” he wrote, “I don’t know what it is about California, but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office. I’m not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close. When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we’re Number One. There’s no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on ‘Macbeth’. The four of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of blab. You don’t know if you should condemn them for their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form words.”
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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