Politics

Radio Host Laura Ingraham Defends Gunshot Sound Effect During Rep. John Lewis Speech

| by Michael Allen
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Earlier this week, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham played what sounded like a gunshot sound effect during a civil rights speech by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).

Rep. Lewis, who is African-American, marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s and was assaulted himself during a demonstration in Selma, Alabama in 1965, notes The New York Times.

The sound effect seemed especially in bad taste since Dr. King and several other civil rights icons from the 1960s were shot and killed, noted Salon.com and MSNBC.com.

Despite the criticism, Ingraham defended the radio segment today on Newsbusters.org by claiming it was actually a "blow up effect":

My producers and I have used this blow up effect to interrupt windbags for 10 years of political and cultural persuasions.  The cannon or "blow up" sound is meant to convey the gaseous thoughts of a speaker combusting, but of course the bilious Joan Walsh of Salon.com knows that. (My producers have even blown me up when we play long clips from TV appearances!)  

...This is absurd and venomous and the predictably pathetic work of people who mean to crush free speech as they advance a failing, progressive agenda.  If Joan Walsh or other left-wing loons give voice to their moronic, dishonest analysis, they might self-combust on my show, too.  Boom.

Sources: The New York Times, Salon.com, MSNBC.com, Newsbusters.org