Laura Ingraham joined colleague Tucker Carlson in undermining the U.S. military with false accusations. Why does Fox News hate America so much?
As you undoubtedly know by now, Tucker Carlson’s smears and jeers about women in the military backfired on him when top military brass forcefully contradicted his attacks and defended their sisters in arms. Instead of owning up to his mistake like a grownup or like a decent person, Carlson played the big victim and doubled down on his dishonest slurs – while posturing as a patriot.
Yesterday, Carlson’s chickenhawk colleague, Laura Ingraham, joined in the lying, dishonest “victimhood,” via Twitter. I did not see her discuss the matter on the air last night.
We've now reached the point where the Pentagon is more worried about Fox News than the CCP.— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 12, 2021
Ingraham probably knows darned well that standing up against Carlson’s vicious lies on behalf of female soldiers is hardly an indication that the Pentagon is more worried about Fox News than China. If anything, it shows the military is cohesive and united against all attacks, not just foreign ones.
I suppose we shouldn’t be too surprised at Ingraham’s contempt for our soldiers. Who can forget her tasteless, disrespectful behavior at Normandy American Cemetery, where 9,300 American soldiers are buried?
Memo to Lachlan Murdoch: This is not “loyal opposition” to Biden. This is a deliberate undermining of America’s fabric. It is my fervent hope that you will one day reap the whirlwind you are sowing. It is my even more fervent hope that the country doesn't go down in the meanwhile.
(Ingraham image via screen grab)
Updated 3/13/21 to note that Ingraham's attack on the Pentagon was not seen on her show last night.
Personally, I’ve always been too rebellious to submit to hierarchical pressures (that was one of my main shortcomings in an evaluation written when I was barely 23). Apart from about 3 years in permanent employment that ended with that evaluation, I’ve worked free lance and thrived. Many friends and colleagues suffered under that sort of “freedom”, preferring a 9 to 5 job. A few friends have thrived in heavily structured careers in law enforcement and the military. The fact that they were not brain-washed during that employment explains why we’re still friends.
It has always been faintly sickening to me the way so many Americans reflexively intone ‘Thank you for your service’ at the sight of a uniform, but are not concerned at all about servicemen and women’s pay, conditions, safety or welfare. Take for example the behaviour of Rumsfeld et al, so desperately keen for war that they didn’t bother to ensure the troops were prepared and suitably equipped.
If we looked at the armed forces realistically, they provide an essential and often dangerous service to their nation, but the individuals are not generally there to ‘fight for your freedoms’. They join up for a career, an education, a great big adventure, a place to ‘belong’ or simply because they need a steady job.
My take is that over-praising of the military can get out of hand as happened prior to WW1, when jingoism hit the roof. At that time, war was perceived by some as a “noble”, “manly” sort of endeavour, albeit mostly for officers who rarely manned the trenches. Mass slaughter of ordinary men in the trenches did a lot to challenge that notion, although the most convincing argument may have been the opening up of alternative professions for excess sons in the upper classes.
Any form of mindless fawning disturbs me and the RW has always done that towards the military. That’s why the recent attacks by hosts on Fox(not)News caught me by surprise. I’m wondering if that might not be attributable to the fact that the Head of the Pentagon is a black man? Fox(not)News never fails to live down to American values.
Here’s hoping they continue, however, as that may lead the men and women who serve to realise that certain segments of American society still considers them to be cannon fodder.