If you thought Fox’s Laura Ingraham and Raymond Arroyo couldn’t top mocking Joe Biden and war veteran Pete Buttigieg at Normandy Cemetary, then you must watch these two mock CNN anchors battling coronavirus.
Arroyo got right to mocking people with a potentially fatal illness.
ARROYO: Laura, the first rule of journalism is don’t inject yourself into the story. But there seems to be a deliberate attempt to graft a slew of CNN anchors onto this COVID crisis. A number of them have contracted the virus and emoted about their personal experiences. It almost appears as if they’ve launched a series of new reality shows. You could call this one, “Are you sicker than a CNN anchor?”
Someone at FoxNews.com thought that so clever, they used it as the name for the online video.
ARROYO: Laura, the self-referential emoting is I guess what’s so galling. But look, people are dying, people are losing their livelihoods. Chances are, young and healthy anchors are not going to succumb to this disease and to keep this narrative going every night that’s so personal. It is disturbing.
Ingraham seemed to realize this might not be a good look for her show, even as she hinted she thought the CNN anchors deserved it.
INGRAHAM: Well, we’re glad everybody’s better and we, you know, they’re always kind of nasty to us. I’m sure they’re all great people. I hope they’re all OK and I’m glad they’re OK.
But then, maybe she couldn’t help herself. “I don’t really get it. Is that the news? I guess it’s the news that Chris Cuomo came out of the basement, which is good.”
Arroyo moved on to sneer at CNN’s Anderson Cooper, including the fact that he’s holding a CNN town hall with Alicia Keys “I kid you not.” Arroyo was too busy snarking to tell viewers that Keys is releasing a song about unsung heroes for the town hall, not hosting it.
Then it was back to mocking the victims.
ARROYO: Now the centerpiece, Laura, of the CNN reality universe has been Chris Cuomo, the COVID-positive anchor. … He became the star of a multi-week, cross-platform show, including his governor brother that could have been called The Real House Husbands of the Hamptons.
Ingraham nodded in emphatic agreement. She broke into laughter just as a producer broke into some mock video of Cuomo.
After more than five minutes of this tastelessness, they moved on to mocking Joe Biden.
You can see what passes for humor to these two below, from the April 21, 2020 The Ingraham Angle.
For the past year or so, and definitely since the virus crisis erupted, they’ve been a lot “punchier” in pointing out the President’s lies and misstatements.
My initial – admittedly sexist impression – of Julia Chatterly (far too cute to be credible I thought … that from an elderly female who should have knownbetter) has changed radically. That gal has been going on and on, reminding viewers that it is the small spenders who are the backbone of capitalist economies. Any money placed in their hands will flow immediately into the general economy and any refusal to realise that could do irremediable damage. In her soft-spoken way, Julia goes for the jugular every time.
The fat cats that Republicans like so much haven’t done much good with all that public assistance received since 2008.
RE: conservatives lacking empathy: I’ve enjoyed watching CNN of late. They cover the pandemic from the perspective of medical personnel and those who are ill. For those of us not directly affected by illness, this is helpful in understanding why we are home. But whenever I tune in to Fox (not a lot, really) but all they are talking about is the economic impact. It’s pretty cold-hearted in comparison, no wonder their dull-witted viewers are protesting, FOX VIEWERS DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON, THEY JUST KNOW WHAT THE OLIGARCHS WANT THEM TO THINK.
Conservatives, studies show, lack empathy as a group. So it’s not surprising Fox News shills like Laura are offended by personal stories of people with COVID-19. They want to prop up Trump by keeping it a story of impersonal data-mined statistics and factoids to downplay its serious. Pimp the MAGA Death Cult Liberate America movement they’ve created.
We have a lot of dimwitted people in this country!