Talk Show Host Urges Listeners to Jam 911 Lines
Decries "Socialist" Emergency Services
NEW YORK - (AP) Following up on her attempt to jam Democratic voter helplines during the election, talk-show host Laura Ingraham told her listeners to tie up 911 Emergency lines throughout the United States, causing havoc in many places when real emergency calls could not go through. "It's a mess," said a St. Louis dispatcher. "People are dying now."
"911 calls are nothing but socialized medicine..." Ms. Ingraham responded, dismissing critics. "People are having fires, or heart attacks or whatever and the first thing they do is go crying to the government. It's time we put a stop to it."
"This is America," she continued, "If you're having a fire you have the right to shop around and get the best deal on a fire fighter, don't you? It's disgusting... And don't get me started about paramedics! If you've had a heart attack or a car accident, why should my tax dollars pay for your ambulance ride? Give me a break!"
While it's not immediately clear how many deaths the phone-jamming prank may have caused, FCC officials were reluctant to state whether any charges might be filed against her. "Oh, I imagine we'll file a cease-and-desist," said one official who preferred to remain anonymous, "But that'll be about the extent of it. After all, it was just a prank. She's just trying to be outrageous... like a female Ann Coulter."