Tammy Bruce

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Tammy Bruce
Tammy Bruce (16642490386) (cropped).jpg
Bruce in 2015
Born (1962-08-20) August 20, 1962 (age 59)
Los Angeles, California
OccupationRadio host, writer, political commentator
Websitetammybruce.com

Tammy K. Bruce (born August 20, 1962)[1] is a conservative American radio host, author, and political commentator. Earlier she had been president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women. She is currently an on-air contributor to Fox News and host of Get Tammy Bruce on Fox Nation.

Career[edit]

Bruce holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Southern California.[2]

For seven years, Bruce served as president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) (1990–1996). Bruce served two years on NOW's board of directors, but later criticized the organization in one of her books. During the early 1990s, she spearheaded the campaign to publicly criticize the sexualized violence in the novel American Psycho, and led an effort to boycott all titles by the book's publisher, Knopf, for a year.[citation needed]

In 1996, the NOW Executive Board voted to censure Bruce for what it claimed were "racially insensitive comments" during the O. J. Simpson murder trial.[3] In May 1996, Bruce resigned as president of Los Angeles NOW.[4] Bruce claimed that the censure was due to her focus on domestic violence, as opposed to defense attorney Johnnie Cochran's "racial issues" trial argument.[5] Since then, Bruce has written about the dispute in her critique on what she sees as the failings of NOW and the political left in general. She has said that the feminist establishment in the U.S. has abandoned authentic feminism.[6]

In 1997, she hosted an overnight weekend talk show on KFI.[7] Bruce hosted a national radio program on Talk Radio Network throughout much of the 2000s.

In 2003, Bruce was appointed to serve on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's transition team after his successful recall election against Gray Davis.[8]

In 2009, after President Barack Obama and his family had moved into the White House, Bruce said, "we've got trash in the White House."[9][10]

Bruce returned to Talk Radio Network in November 2012 as a guest host during the move of The Laura Ingraham Show from TRN to Courtside Entertainment Group.[citation needed]. In 2014, Bruce created a short video for the conservative YouTube channel Prager University in which she summarized her criticisms of the contemporary feminist movement.[11][better source needed]

Bruce was the subject of controversy in May 2017, when appearing as a guest on Fox News show Tucker Carlson Tonight. She criticized an autistic child for asking Vice President Mike Pence for an apology when he accidentally brushed the young boy in the face.[12] She later apologized on air.[13]

In December 2018, Bruce appeared on Fox News to criticize the decision of one Scottish coffee shop to call "gingerbread men" "gingerbread people". Bruce said, "obviously, they're men". She characterized the decision by the coffee shop as "the tipping point" in policing free speech.[14][15][16]

Bruce is a Fox News contributor.[17] In 2019, she became the host of Get Tammy Bruce, which airs on the Fox Nation streaming service.[18][19]

Personal life[edit]

In a 2006 interview with C-SPAN, Bruce stated she was bisexual, and that for her, identifying as lesbian was a choice.[20]

She has stated on Fox News and on her website that she is a Christian.[citation needed]

At the age of 17, Bruce became lovers with 34-year-old Brenda Benet, who was the former wife of Bill Bixby and an actress who starred in Walking Tall, Days of Our Lives and The Incredible Hulk.[21] Later, Bruce and Benet lived together for nearly a year before Bruce moved out.[21] On April 7, 1982, two years after they had first met and two weeks after Bruce moved out, Benet committed suicide at her home during a lunch date with Bruce.[21]

Books[edit]

  • The New Thought Police: Inside the Left's Assault on Free Speech and Free Minds (Prima, 2001) ISBN 0-7615-6373-3
  • The Death of Right and Wrong: Exposing the Left's Assault on Our Culture and Values (Random House, 2003) ISBN 0-7615-1663-8[22]
  • The New American Revolution: Using the Power of the Individual to Save Our Nation from Extremists (Morrow, 2005) ISBN 0-06-072620-2

Films[edit]

Bruce made her film debut in the short feature film 2081,[23][better source needed] an independent film based on Kurt Vonnegut's short story "Harrison Bergeron." Bruce plays the role of Diana Moon Glampers, the United States Handicapper General in a technologically advanced, totalitarian-egalitarian state.[citation needed] Bruce also starred in a supporting role in the 2011 documentary The Undefeated.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tammy Bruce". IMDb.
  2. ^ Malone, Noreen (January 20, 2011). "Sarah Palin's Biggest Fan". Slate. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Noble, Kenneth B. (December 18, 1995). "Outspokenness on Simpson Case Has California Talk Show Host in aCaldron". The New York Times. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  4. ^ Gleick, Elizabeth (January 8, 1996). "Fighting Words". Archived from the original on December 2, 2007. Retrieved April 3, 2007.
  5. ^ Bruce, Tammy. "The New Thought Police," Random House, 2001.
  6. ^ Gillin, Beth (November 29, 2005). "Packing heat – and political punch". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on December 10, 2005. Retrieved April 3, 2007.
  7. ^ https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Other-Documments/LA-Radio-Guide/LA-Radio-Guide-1997-07.pdf
  8. ^ Nicholas, Peter; Gold, Matea (October 11, 2003). "Schwarzenegger Team Focuses on 2 Key Posts". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  9. ^ McAlister, Joan Faber (September 1, 2009). "_____ Trash in the White House: Michelle Obama, Post-Racism, and the Pre-Class Politics of Domestic Style". Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies. 6 (3): 311–315. doi:10.1080/14791420903063844. ISSN 1479-1420. S2CID 144331165.
  10. ^ Coates, Ta-Nehisi (March 23, 2009). "We're All White Trash now". The Atlantic. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  11. ^ "Feminism 2.0". Prager University. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  12. ^ "Fox News contributor apologizes for mocking 10-year-old boy with autism as a 'snowflake'". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  13. ^ "Fox News Contributor Tammy Bruce Apologizes for Comments About 'Snowflake' 10-Year-Old Boy". Mediaite. May 16, 2017. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  14. ^ Moye, David (December 19, 2018). "Fox News Contributor Tells Tucker Carlson Gingerbread Cookies Are 'Obviously Men'". HuffPost. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  15. ^ McNamara, Audrey (December 19, 2018). "Fox News' Tammy Bruce on 'Gingerbread People': 'Obviously, They're Men'". The Daily Beast. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  16. ^ "Calling cookies gingerbread 'people' suggests we're 'spiritually neutering' ourselves, Fox News' Tucker Carlson says". theweek.com. December 19, 2018. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  17. ^ Lemon, Jason (August 26, 2019). "Fox News contributor claims media 'think the American people should be punished' for electing Trump". Newsweek.
  18. ^ "Fox Nation Rolls Out New Slate Featuring Tyrus, Kat Timpf, Tammy Bruce, Lawrence Jones". May 23, 2019.
  19. ^ Nelson, Joshua (October 11, 2019). "Tammy Bruce: Biden campaign seems to think he cannot be criticized in mainstream media". Fox News Channel.
  20. ^ "Book Discussion New American Revolution – Video". C-SPAN.org. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  21. ^ a b c Bruce, Tammy (2003). The Death of Right and Wrong: Exposing the Left's Assault on Our Culture and Values. Google Books. New York, New York: Three Rivers Press. pp. 2–5. ISBN 9781400052943. Retrieved July 14, 2021.
  22. ^ "NYT Bestseller May 11, 2003". The New York Times. May 11, 2003. Retrieved October 30, 2008.
  23. ^ "Watch "2018" a new film based on Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron"". finallyequal.com. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  24. ^ Swan, Betsy (April 13, 2017). "Steve Bannon's Deep, Weird Adoration of Sarah Palin". The Daily Beast. Retrieved April 22, 2020. The Undefeated, a film about Palin featuring Mark Levin, Tammy Bruce, and other conservative pundits.

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