Fox News host Laura Ingraham has been taking heat ever since she promoted right-wing conspiracy theorists and even a neo-Nazi on her show Thursday evening and presented them as conservatives who were victims of unfair social media censorship.
Ingraham's championing of white supremacist Paul Nehlen -- an avowed racist who was so toxic that he was even banned from alt-right-welcoming social media company Gab -- drew criticism from CNN's Jake Tapper on Friday, as he sent out a tweet shaming Fox News for letting its hosts get away with promoting white nationalists.
"Just a reminder that Paul Nehlen is a racist and if you’re defending him that’s what you’re defending," Tapper wrote.
Just a reminder that Paul Nehlen is a racist and if you’re defending him that’s what you’re defending. Cc @FoxNews https://t.co/kQJRtmecLe— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1559310397.0
A defensive Ingraham shot back at Tapper and claimed he was harming the tenor of public discourse by pointing out that she was promoting a man who was once fond of creating "enemy lists" targeting Jews who had criticized him on Twitter.
"Retweeting screenshots of despicable old tweets by racists and/or anti-semites must make those racists & anti-semites very happy," Ingraham wrote. "Unfortunately it does zero to elevate the debate in America."
Retweeting screenshots of despicable old tweets by racists and/or anti-semites must make those racists & anti-semit… https://t.co/K9KRyvjEbo— Laura Ingraham (@Laura Ingraham) 1559318129.0
Ingraham's tweet completely glossed over the fact that Tapper was directly quoting a man whom she had told her millions of viewers was a conservative free-speech martyr just hours before.
Several people who follow Ingraham were not impressed with her attempt to deflect from championing a neo-Nazi -- check out the best reactions below.
@IngrahamAngle @CNN Second: You billed the segment as being about censorship of prominent conservatives. Your info… https://t.co/qNxX1MPnW2— AlternativeGroupOfHats (@AlternativeGroupOfHats) 1559319717.0
@IngrahamAngle Laura Ingraham Features White Supremacist Paul Nehlen, Cites Him As ‘Prominent Voice’ https://t.co/W8y2mHgo8I— jordan (@jordan) 1559320366.0
@IngrahamAngle @CNN You cut out the middle men and just elevate the anti-semites and racists. https://t.co/1i9FYr2X1e— Dave Zirin (@Dave Zirin) 1559319762.0
@IngrahamAngle @CNN Agreed. I don't even know why they'd bring up Paul Nehlen anyway, no one but the absolute botto… https://t.co/Etq4XeN6Og— David Roth (@David Roth) 1559319378.0
@IngrahamAngle @CNN how very dare they provide examples of the people you were defending on your show— Dave Itzkoff (@Dave Itzkoff) 1559319221.0
@IngrahamAngle @CNN So, do you condemn Paul Nehlan's statements or do you support them? https://t.co/2ac2Xxdn1C https://t.co/GACBkPwhC2— Jay McKenzie (@Jay McKenzie) 1559320229.0
@IngrahamAngle @CNN Apparently promoting racists and anti semites does elevate the debate, tho, according to you. W… https://t.co/wwQiWwmxCs— ❤️ (@❤️) 1559320358.0
@IngrahamAngle @CNN I want to say you're wrong, but I have to admit you're an expert on what old racists like.— Johnny McSeasonal (@Johnny McSeasonal) 1559319460.0