“The Ingraham Angle,” hosted by LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham, debuted on Fox News Monday night, and it began its 10 p.m. time slot by posing a question once famously asked by the late crooner Frank Sinatra.
“What is America to me?” asked Ingraham, referencing the song “The House I Live In (That’s America to Me),” which Sinatra made famous.
Ingraham then described an American experiment in freedom almost completely hijacked by big government and media elites. People ultimately want three things in their lives, she theorized: “prosperity, safety, liberty.”
Those goals have become more and more difficult over the years, thanks to a growing government and media elites who covered for them, said Ingraham.
"The politicians were supposed to be helping you; instead, they helped themselves," she said, adding that the election of Donald Trump to the presidency last November sent a message to these institutions.
"The people took their power back on Election Day," Ingraham, an early and outspoken supporter of the president, said.
She then hit on specific issues average Americans find themselves currently debating. She brought up the removal of historic statues in certain cities, along with the push by some to remove "offensive" books like "To Kill a Mockingbird" from schools.
America needs a "complete record of what came before," said Ingraham. She then asked, "What kind of country are we leaving our children?"
The longtime and popular radio host also promised there would be times during her new program that her audience would disagree with her. There would also be times she would target even those she normally agrees with, such as President Donald Trump.
"I'm going to call it as I see it," she said. "That includes you, Mr. President."
The rest of the program delivered exactly what Ingraham promised in those opening remarks. In interviews, she cut through the fluff to get the answers her audience has been craving.
Even in her wide-ranging and exclusive interview with White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly, Ingraham pushed hard on certain issues and gave no easy passes. She pressed Kelly on America's relationship with communist China, along with the vetting processes for refugees and the number of refugees allowed into the country each year.
Ingraham also managed a lighter question in her interview with the typically straight-laced and all-business Kelly. She asked what character he would dress up as on Halloween if he had to pick one.
"A marine sergeant, infantryman," said Kelly almost immediately, with a smile.
Ingraham also took on the recent Mueller indictments, and the Uranium One controversy surrounding failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The Fox News host, in addition, touched on Hollywood and the recent sexual harassment and assault scandals the industry has been facing.
The latest to be associated with inappropriate behavior was "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey, who was accused by a young actor of making a sexual pass at him when the actor was only 14 years old, and Spacey was 26.
Ingraham recounted actor Anthony Rapp's story of Spacey's unwanted sexual passes and specifically targeted Spacey's public "apology" and the mainstream media response to it.
Spacey had said he had no memory of the event with Rapp, but said that if it happened, he chalked it up to drunken behavior.
"We're talking about the abuse of a child, not throwing up on an oriental rug," said Ingraham.
She also criticized media outlets that reported on the story and gave preference to the part of Spacey's apology during which he came out as a gay man over the assault allegation.
The media outlets "fell for Spacey's trap and focused just on his coming out," said Ingraham with outrage.
She added, "No one gets a pass when it comes to sexually targeting a child."
The Fox News host capped off her coverage by saying of the actor, "I'm glad Spacey's house of cards is finally coming down." Spacey is not only facing serious professional and personal backlash for recent events, but his popular Netflix series, "House of Cards," has been canceled after six seasons amid the accusations against him.
"The Ingraham Angle" proved in its first hour to be exactly what Laura Ingraham promised since it was announced — a show representing the right-of-center, Middle America voter and concerned citizen who is gaining more and more of a cultural voice every single day.
Last Modified: October 31, 2017, 10:44 am