Quinn to artist who submitted pro-impeachment Christmas ornament to White House: "Shut up, bitch"

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In a discussion of Deborah Lawrence, an artist who submitted an ornament for the White House Christmas tree expressing support for a congressional resolution to impeach President Bush, Rose Tennent read a quote from Lawrence, who said of the attention surrounding her ornament: "It took on a life of its own, obviously. In a way, I'm speechless." Tennent responded: "Good, stay that way. Don't talk," to which co-host Jim Quinn added, "That's right, don't talk. Shut up, bitch."

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On the December 3 broadcast of The War Room, co-host Rose Tennent read from an article about Deborah Lawrence, an artist who submitted an ornament for the White House Christmas tree celebrating, among other things, Rep. Jim McDermott's (D-WA) support for a resolution to impeach President Bush. Tennent read a quote from the article in which Lawrence said of the attention surrounding her ornament: "It took on a life of its own, obviously. In a way, I'm speechless." Tennent responded: "Good, stay that way. Don't talk," to which co-host Jim Quinn added, "That's right, don't talk. Shut up, bitch."

According to The Washington Post, first lady Laura Bush "asked members of Congress to pick local painters" to decorate ornaments for the White House Christmas tree. McDermott "contacted a local arts organization, which asked Lawrence, a collage artist, to create the local entry."

Media Matters for America has documented that Quinn previously introduced a segment on Sen. Hillary Clinton by playing Elton John's "The Bitch is Back." Additionally, on October 7, Quinn asserted that Rep. Nancy Pelosi, whom he referred to as "the Queen Bee," "hated" Clinton "because she didn't want Hillary to be the most important woman in Washington," adding, "I'm sorry, but it seems to be the nature -- I shouldn't say the nature of all women -- but it seems to be a trait that flows through, for whatever reasons, the gender, if you will." Quinn has also stated that to feminists, even "a childless feminist who looks like a Bulgarian weightlifter in drag" can be a "real woman," and has repeatedly referred to the National Organization for Women as "the national organization for whores."

Talkers Magazine lists Quinn & Rose among its "Heavy Hundred," which it describes as the "100 most important radio talk show hosts in America." According to the show's website, it airs on 18 radio stations and XM Satellite Radio.

From the December 3 broadcast of Clear Channel's The War Room with Quinn & Rose:

QUINN: She needs something --

TENNENT: She sounds frightening.

QUINN: -- to become gainfully employed somewhere doing something for her fellow man besides this.

TENNENT: Argh. Yup, that's right. So, anyway, so she thought that she was making a very brave statement -- turns out that the White House has decided that, "You know what, don't think that's appropriate, we're not gonna hang it on the Christmas tree." So, but you know what? They have a luncheon -- I didn't know this -- for all of the artists, then -- a Christmas luncheon. Guess what? She jumped on the plane and flew to D.C. -- D.C. to go to the luncheon.

QUINN: Oh yeah --.

TENNENT: Yeah, she's there.

QUINN: She's there for the free meal.

TENNENT: Can you believe it?

QUINN: She's probably homeless and lives out of a shopping cart.

TENNENT: I just think that's a shame -- that's a shame.

QUINN: Well, you know --

TENNENT: Well, she said -- oh, she said, "An artist doesn't always get this kind of attention." This is the artist speaking.

QUINN: Yeah, 'cause they're hardly ever that stupid.

TENNENT: Plus, like, you're weird. Like, now I'm starting to think that there's something really wrong with you. That's the attention you're getting right now, sweetie. She said, "It took on a life of its own, obviously. In a way, I'm speechless." Good, stay that way. Don't talk.

QUINN: That's right, don't talk. Shut up, bitch.

TENNENT: She said, "It's disappointing that I won't get to see it on the tree." And did you think you would?

QUINN: Yeah, you know, I'll tell you what. There's -- there's always Photoshop. You know, you could take a picture of it and --

TENNENT: She's an artist. She can figure all of that out, right?

QUIINN: Sure. Take a picture of the White House tree, put your little ball on it --

TENNENT: Yeah.

QUIINN: -- put it up on the morning of December 25th -- you know, the winter solstice celebration -- and I'm sure you'll have a great time with it.

Network/Outlet
Clear Channel
Person
Jim Quinn, Rose Tennent
Show/Publication
The War Room With Quinn & Rose
Stories/Interests
Attacks on Progressives, Propaganda/Noise Machine
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