A newsletter from Fox News' Laura Ingraham blasted President Obama's recent meeting with MSNBC hosts — but seems to have forgotten one crucial element.
On Tuesday, Obama met with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Al Sharpton, Lawrence O'Donnell and other "influential progressives" at the White House. Fox News hosts, including Ingraham, were up in arms about the invitation.
Ingraham's newsletter on Wednesday criticized the meeting, asking, "Can anyone even imagine how the press would have reacted if Fox News hosts and conservative personalities had stopped by the Bush White House to discuss policy? They would have been rightly outraged."
As other organizations have pointed out, however, Ingraham and other conservative media personalities did in fact stop by the Bush White House. In October 2006, Ingraham and Sean Hannity among others met with President Bush. They sat down for an hour and a half, during which time they discussed the war in Iraq and immigration reform.
One of Ingraham's producers later defended the newsletter in an email to Media Matters. The producer said that the newsletter had been written by staffers, not Ingraham herself, and claimed that she met with President Bush under circumstances "quite different" than those of Obama's meeting on Monday.