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O'Reilly Factor: Class Act Feminist Feldt Meets Frothing at the Mouth Ingraham

Reported by Ellen - May 3, 2009 -

Guest blogged by Julie

I thought nothing could make me long for Bill O'Reilly – except that I do, every time Foxette Laura Ingraham guest hosts on The O'Reilly Factor. Bill, please come back. With video.

In Friday night's (5/1/09) Culture War segment of The O'Reilly Factor, Ingraham blasted off with, “By now everybody in the world knows the story of Miss California.” Yes, we sure do, because bikini-clad Carrie Prejean was paraded all over Fox News: Courtney Friel covered it on April 20th; Fox News legal analyst Mercedes Colwin picked it up on April 21st; Neil Cavuto (the . . . business guy?) provided a Fair and Balanced account on April 21st; and, of course, the liberal-who-loves-far-right-wing-conservative-women (Sarah Palin, anyone?), Greta van Susteren, threw out her usual softball questions to Ms. Prejean on April 30th . . . and, well, there's more, but do we really need it?

“Carrie Prejean lost her crown, probably because she voiced her opposition to gay marriage,” Ingraham charged. “But now – to add insult to injury – she's becoming a target of some of the most reprehensible far left attacks you've ever seen.” Is that my cue to talk about reprehensible attacks? Well, Hannity & Colmes hosted Melanie Morgan, who said, “Nancy Pelosi and the liberals in Congress are planning on spending more money on pork barrel projects and cut and run policies that will leave us all with a wide-eyed stare that's permanently fixed to Nancy Pelosi's face.” Oh, I get it – a Botox joke, right? O'Reilly's personal attacks are legendary. And, frankly, I could have stopped with this video from BraveNew Films, featuring clips of repeated personal attacks by Fox News on First Lady Michelle Obama.

Ingraham introduced feminist Gloria Feldt.

“Gloria,” Ingraham began, “ . . . this woman, Carrie Prejean, was savaged last night on MSNBC by Michael Musto - who's a gay writer, apparently, for the Village Voice - and the MSNBC host, savaged in the most personal, vicious way, about her physique and . . . sexual organs, the references were made to that. And I'm thinking to myself, where are the feminists? Are feminists not gonna step up and say, wait a second, you don't go there with a young woman.” In the interest of Fair and Balanced, you can watch the Olbermann/Musto exchange here.

But wait, has Ingraham forgotten her own personal attack on Meghan McCain, in which she mocked her physique, calling her “plus size,” and her voice, by mocking her in a Valley Girl voice? And let's not forget her belittling comment about Ms. McCain, when she said, “Do you think that anyone would be talking to you if you weren’t kind of cute and you weren’t the daughter of John McCain?” Spoken like a true feminist, Laur – women can only be heard if they're kind of cute and in good with some rich white male.

“This is way out of bounds of even minimal standards of decency,” Ingraham ranted.

Feldt wasted no time in pushing back. “Well, let me say, Laura, that, first of all, I have been the butt of that same kind of attack from the right so many times that I used to be five inches taller . . . even perhaps from the likes of you.”

“Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, no, no, no,” Ingraham interrupted.

“That having been said . . . .”

Ingraham continued, “No, no, no, no, no.”

Feldt attempted to continue: “ . . . that having been said . . . “

Ingraham implored, “Gloria. No, no, no. Gloria, you gotta stop.”

“ . . . that having been said, let me just say in regard to feminism, feminism is about – let me answer your question please . . . .”

“No, I'm not gonna let you finish. No, no, no, we're not gonna do it Gloria . . .”

“ . . . feminism is about equality and justice,” Feldt continued.

“The filibuster isn't gonna work here,” Ingraham insisted, though I could easily understand what Feldt was saying.

Ingraham, now completely unhinged, said, “I don't believe I've ever uttered your name before . . . but I have never said anything approaching the viciousness and the hatefulness of what was said last night about this young woman.” (Well, except for what she said about Meghan McCain.) “And frankly, if I had said something about a young woman who came forward and made her point about being pro-choice or pro gay marriage, I'd probably be off the air.” We wish. But hold up there, Ingraham – you may not have specifically mentioned her name, but Feldt has blogged about a book in which her name was mentioned “10 times – more than even Jane Fonda or Betty Friedan--by the anti-feminist Kate O'Beirne in her book 'Women Who Make the World Worse: and How Their Radical Feminist Assault Is Ruining Our Schools, Families, Military, and Sports,' which was endorsed--surprise--by Peggy Noonan, Rush Limbaugh, and Laura Ingraham.”

“Gloria . . . .” began Ingraham.

“I think that's great,” interrupted Feldt, “and I thought that Musto was over the top. Let me say I am not defending what he said.” Ingraham leaned forward pugnaciously, lower jaw thrust out in a pose she frequently strikes, perhaps thinking she looks like a female superhero.

Ingraham said belligerently, “Well, that would have been nice, Gloria, what would be nice is if . . . we heard from feminists that this kind of attack against a young woman who holds the majority view in our country and who was just answering a question honestly! Feminists should be screaming about this.”

“Okay,” Feldt said, still smiling gently, “May I answer you now, may I answer you now, Laura?”

“Yes you may, just don't malign me in the process.”

“ . . . let me just say that feminist is about justice and equality. I think that what Ms. Prejean needs is perhaps a heart transplant rather than the breast implants that she had paid for by the pageant.”

“Wait, wait, wait, wait, so you're attacking her looks!” shrieked Ingraham.

“ . . . this [the breast implants] is true, and actually . . . .”

“Why did you just say that?” Ingraham demanded in her best bully-boy-Hannity imitation. (It needs some work, frankly.)

“I think that now she is fair game,” Feldt continued, and was, of course, rudely interrupted – yet again – by Ingraham, who said, “This is unbelievable.”

“She is now fair game . . . .” continued Feldt.

“Love it,” hooted Ingraham, clapping her hands

“ . . . she is now fair game because she is a national spokesperson . . .”

“This is great,” cackled Ingraham.

“ . . . for a group that opposes marriage equality.”

“A feminist is attacking a woman for how she looks,” Ingraham challenged. “This is great.”

Giving Feldt no opportunity to respond, Ingraham continued her rant, “You guys have come full circle here in the United States of America – now it's okay for feminists to ridicule women for the way they look.” A big thumbs up from Ingraham: “Go for it Gloria.”

“I didn't ridicule her, I didn't ridicule her, nor do I know of another feminist who has . . . .”

“You just did, by implication” cried Ingraham, pointing her pen menacingly. “You just made the point, she needs a brain transplant . . . .” (Freudian slip, Laur?) “rather than a breast transplant. Why did you make that up?”

“I said a heart transplant,” Feldt responded, “And by that I mean that feminism is about justice and equality . . . .”

“Oh yeah,” sneered Ingraham.

“ . . . now that she has become a national spokesperson for a group that actively opposes marriage equality, she's unfortunately become fair game.”

Hey, Ingraham, co-hate-monger and Foxette cohort Michelle Malkin said that Michelle Obama was “fair game” while Fox launched personal attacks on her. Where was your outrage then?

If you can't view the video below, here's a link.