Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera seemingly blasted both his colleague Laura Ingraham and David Hogg over the last two days for their continued spat in the last few weeks.
He first slammed the embattled Ingragam came while speaking with TheWrap on Monday at a launch for his book ‘The Geraldo Show,’ at Del Frisco’s in New York City.
From The Daily Mail
‘What she did was terrible,’ he said. ‘What she said was just indefensible.’
Ingraham has been facing intense criticism after she mocked the Parkland shooting survivor for not getting into several of the colleges that he applied to. Hogg demanded an apology and that company severe their ties with the host.
The 74-year-old Rivera continued, sharing concerns on how ‘The Ingraham Angle’ would cope after 18 companies pulled ads from the show.
‘I don’t know’ about Ingraham’s fate at the channel. It’s not going to be an easy road,’ he added.
But Rivera soon turned his sights on Hogg and the rise of advertiser boyotts on a broader level.
He said: ‘I detest secondary boycotts. I think they’re anti-democratic. They are a threat to the First Amendment.
‘They give the power to the ad department over the editorial department in news organizations’
‘It’s censorship of the worst kind. To destroy her career and destroy her show by using economic clout, the intimidation of advertisers, I think is really low blow.’
But Fox News didn’t take nicely to Rivera’s comment, adding that he was not privy to what was really happening.
‘Geraldo is out of the loop on this issue and speaks for no one but himself,’ a spokesperson added.
Fox News has been quick to rally behind Ingraham following the loss of advertisers.
‘We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts,’ Co-president Jack Abernathy said to the Los Angeles Times. ‘We look forward to having Laura Ingraham back hosting her program next Monday when she returns from spring vacation with her children.’
Rivera took to his own Twitter on Tuesday to share his thoughts and to condemn political boycotts, once again.
‘Media missed my point, while I disagree with Laura Ingraham @IngrahamAngle on this issue, I’m glad she apologized & I’m even happier that she will be back on Monday,’ he said. ‘These political boycotts need to stop. They are an attack on the 1st Amendment & an infringement of free speech.’
Most form of political boycotts actually fall under the purview of the 1st Amendment.