Laura Ingraham, the Fox News anchor who professionally peddles warmed-over conspiracies theories and racist fears to aged baby boomers, hasn’t been having a good run recently.
In what could have only been a desperate attempt to pander to her network taskmasters’ NRA benefactors, Ingraham attacked Parkland shooting survivor-turned-activist David Hogg on Twitter, mocking him for getting rejected from a few universities. It was a new low for the conservative movement in America, but hardly a surprising one given how hateful Ingraham’s parent network has become.
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In response, a nationwide boycott sprang up spearheaded by Hogg, with outraged Americans demanding that advertisers drop Ingraham’s show. The advertisers, in turn, bowed to the public outcry in droves. Sponsor after sponsor jumped ship from Ingraham’s execrable program, forcing Fox to scramble to find new companies to keep the show afloat.
Ingraham, defeated by the outpouring of support for Hogg, offered an apology so tepid it hardly qualified as an apology at all. She said that “on reflection” she wanted to apologize. Why she would ever think that mocking the child survivor of a horrific mass shooting was appropriate in the first place is an issue she refused to address. The “apology” was a cheap, transparent ploy to save her show.
Any student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA —incl. @DavidHogg111. On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland. For the record, I believe my show was the first to feature David…(1/2)
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 29, 2018
David Hogg wisely recognized the tweet for what it was and refused to accept the apology. Thanks to him, Ingraham and her propaganda program continue to struggle, a fact she won’t soon forget.
Enrique Morones, founder of Border Angels, an advocacy group for migrants and immigration reform appeared on Ingraham’s show. The Fox anchor, who is deeply xenophobic and anti-immigrant, chastised Morones for being “incredibly rude” and “nasty,” two descriptors which perfectly characterize Ingraham’s behavior every day.
“Where are your sponsors? David Hogg got rid of half of them,” Morones hit back. “A high school kid shut you down.”
Ingraham tried to talk over Morones and then when she was unable to formulate a proper response, the show cut Morones’s feed, tacitly admitting defeat in the process. It was an embarrassing move by the network and shows just how weak and cowardly they are.
— Madeline Peltz (@peltzmadeline) April 19, 2018