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