Fox News host Laura Ingraham called out media networks that did not cover sexual misconduct allegations against the co-founder of an anti-Trump political action committee, even after having the PAC's members on nearly two dozen times, on Monday's "The Ingraham Angle."
"Now until The Times report, MSNBC and CNN, they didn't have the stones or the journalistic integrity to cover this shocking allegation on air, and this was despite the fact that Lincoln Project members appeared at least 21 times on those networks," Ingraham said.
The host broadened her indictment of the PAC, saying "The entire marketing used to raise money for the Lincoln Project consisted of false advertising, a fraudulent framework. It was all the fruit of a poisonous tree and everything that flowed from it, as well."
Below is a transcript of the segment:
Laura Ingraham: But let's face it: the only Republicans the media will ever love are former Republicans, especially ones like the grifters at the Lincoln Project.
MSNBC clip: The Lincoln Project group is led by GOP strategists who want one thing: Trump out, and they are producing blistering anti-Trump ads trolling the President.
Brian Williams: Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post, who writes, “At least the Lincoln Project founders can say to their children and grandchildren that they gave their all to defend the deeply held principles --"
MSNBC clip: I want to bring in John Weaver. John’s the co-founder of the Lincoln Project.
Ingraham: John Weaver. The media's go-to guy for calling out conservatives over their political and moral deviance. Well, you may recall "The Angle" was the first television show to break this story.
Ryan Girdusky: Several young men reached out to me to warn me that he approached them after following them, saying to them that he could offer them career advice, jobs, internships, or just a leverage in politics if they wanted to work in it, and then suddenly switched the conversation to a sexual manner, asking what their sexual preferences were, what their body types were, how their body was in kind of disgusting manner.
Ingraham: That was almost three weeks ago, but it was only this past weekend that The New York Times crack staff finally saw fit to cover this sleazy Weaver saga. The true conservative is now accused of making sexual overtures to 21 young men, including "a 14-year-old, asking questions about his body while he was still in high school, and then more pointed ones after he turned 18." Now until The Times report, MSNBC and CNN, they didn't have the stones or the journalistic integrity to cover this shocking allegation on air, and this was despite the fact that Lincoln Project members appeared at least 21 times on those networks. Now, as for the money-grubbers at the Lincoln Project itself, they didn't forthrightly address the predatory behavior of its co-founder until the Times coverage made it impossible for them to avoid, but it's time for America to hold these people accountable for their misrepresentation and relentless defamation.
The only reason the Lincoln Project was able to raise $87 million in the first place was because of the glowing coverage and the endless platforms it received in the press. It didn't have any following in the Republican Party, which regularly gave Trump an approval rating in the 90s. Anyone with a brain understood that the Lincoln Project operated as merely another arm of the Democrat Party, another weapon in the war to defeat Trump. There’s nothing Republican or conservative about them. You see, the perversion, though, didn't end with John Weaver. The entire marketing used to raise money for the Lincoln Project consisted of false advertising, a fraudulent framework. It was all the fruit of a poisonous tree and everything that flowed from it, as well. Now, sexual perversion was the most salacious aspect of the saga, but the ideological perversion was also disgusting. Every corporation that aided and abetted the Lincoln Project’s activities and helped fund its fat salaries is complicit. How much did Weaver himself make while he was trolling young men? Appalling.