Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham says she disavows the support of white nationalists and claims that her views about the nation’s demographic changes have been distorted.
The prime-time personality responded to critics of her commentary that massive demographic changes that most Americans don’t like have been forced upon the country by legal and illegal immigration.
Ingraham said Thursday that she was not referring to race or ethnicity. Her critics aren’t buying that; MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski on Friday called it a “white supremacist” speech. Fox News management has not discussed the matter publicly.
Charles Neville, the legendary saxophone player for the Neville Brothers, is being honored by an annual music festival in Massachusetts.
The fifth Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival held Saturday has been designated a living monument to Neville, who died in April at age 79. The festival was co-founded by Neville’s wife, Kristin.
After Hurricane Katrina devastated the Nevilles’ home city of New Orleans, Kristin worked with musicians and nonprofits there to help get artists back on their feet. Struck by the parallels between the two cities, she was inspired to establish the Springfield festival.
A photographer says actor Bill Murray slammed him against a door and poured a glass of water over him while he was shooting a band at a Massachusetts restaurant last week.
Peter Simon tells The Boston Globe that he was on an assignment for The Martha’s Vineyard Times at Lola’s in Oak Bluffs on Wednesday when Murray accosted him, swore at him and threatened him. He wasn’t injured. Simon, who is singer Carly Simon’s brother, said the band invited him to the restaurant and he was not there to take pictures of Murray.
According to the police report, Murray was “visibly upset” and said Simon was harassing him.
No one was charged, but police told Simon he could take out a criminal complaint.