Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham dissed the "Today" show's Summer Concert Series picks in an interview with Matt Lauer this morning. Ingraham said they were evidence of the decline of American culture.
The interview, which focused on President Obama's debt ceiling talks and Michele Bachmann's four-percentage point lead on the second place Republican candidate Mitt Romney, turned to her new book Of Thee I Zing: America's Cultural Decline From Muffintops to Murses.
After Lauer's admission that he had not known what a "muffintop" was, Ingraham zinged the show's Summer Concert Series for featuring Cee-lo Green's number one hit "F--k You," Enrique Iglesias' "Tonight I'm F--ing You" and Rihanna's "S&M," but counted Tony Bennett as one of the network's "awesome" picks.
Ingraham, a mother of three, expressed her concern for younger viewers, saying, "We've agreed that on television, probably not a good thing to that show to the kids." Her other target was a train passenger who she and her daughter recently encountered "watching full-blown porn," and she even questioned Lauer for joking that he had watched Rihanna and Britney Spear's liplock at the Billboard Awards eleven times.
Lauer responded to her criticism humorously, thanking her for checking out the concert series website and suggesting that she download the Today Show app as well.
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