5 Conservative Pundits & News People Liberals Hate
Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter make this list of controversial media personalities.
Everyone knows that Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are anathema in liberal circles. But what about, say, Elisabeth Hasselbeck or Sean Hannnity makes lefties cringe?
Below is a list of the top 5 Republican talking heads that liberals love to hate. I'm sure you won't be surprised by many of the individuals who made this list.
Michelle Malkin: What makes this syndicated columnist so loathsome? Consider that in the days following Limbaugh’s misogynistic attack on Georgetown student Sandra Fluke, Malkin suggested that the radio shock jock is a victim of an effort to “silence conservative dissent.” Sure, the First Amendment protects Limbaugh’s right to call women “sluts” and prostitutes,” but it also protects the rights of feminists to call him out on it. Malkin, who’s of Filipino descent, angered Asian Americans and Muslim Americans in 2004 when she released a book called In Defense of Internment, arguing that the federal government was right to place Japanese Americans in internment camps during World War II and should racially profile Muslims in post-9/11 America.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Unlike her Republican peers in the media, this co-host of ABC’s “The View” isn’t known for making racist or hateful remarks. However, she has supported Republican leaders accused of doing such, including Sarah Palin and George W. Bush. Moreover, Hasselbeck fiercely opposes reproductive rights, a stance that has alienated her from liberal women. Her sometimes shrill, teary-eyed defense of her views has earned her a reputation for being immature.
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Ann Coulter: To say that this right-wing columnist and commentator has said some vile things would be an understatement. Coulter has used gay slurs in reference to Democratic politicians such as Al Gore and John Edwards. Coulter also sparked controversy by suggesting in the 2008 presidential campaign that Edwards was capitalizing on the death of his son Wade to get votes. Coulter supports the GOP’s stance against gay marriage but incredibly has argued that gays should vote in opposition to their own interests and support the Republican Party.
Bill O’Reilly: This Fox News commentator has no love among Ludacris fans. In 2002, he called for a boycott of Pepsi because the company used the rapper as a spokesman and O’Reilly found his lyrics offensive. Pepsi fired Ludacris soon after. Rappers such as Nas and Immortal Technique have lashed out at O’Reilly in songs. Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar, co-hosts of ABC’s “The View” walked off the stage when O’Reilly suggested on the program that Muslims, rather than terrorists, were responsible for 9/11.
Sean Hannity: Fox News commentator is hardly in the same league as Limbaugh or Beck in terms of offensiveness. However, he did rush to Limbaugh’s defense after the radio personality’s attack on Sandra Fluke. Moreover, he’s suggested that the biracial Barack Obama is anti-white, as Beck did. To boot, Hannity reportedly has ties to a neo-Nazi named Hal Turner.