Fox News host Laura Ingraham slammed what she called “bullying on the left” on her first night back since more than a dozen companies pulled their ads from her show in response to a tweet attacking Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg.
Ingraham on Monday condemned “retaliatory hit squads” and “the left … silencing conservative voices.”
“Expressing views that just five or ten years ago were considered mainstream can now get you fired,” she said in her show’s opening. “It can cause you to lose a promotion. Or you can be branded a ‘hater,’ or yes, you can get boycotted.”
“We’re not going to stand for this,” she said later on the show.
The Hill reports,
Ingraham drew major backlash after posting a tweet mocking Hogg, one of the most vocal anti-gun violence activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, over his college rejections.
David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA…totally predictable given acceptance rates.) https://t.co/wflA4hWHXY
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 28, 2018
Hogg responded by posting a list of her advertisers, and calling on his Twitter followers to urge them to boycott her show.
Pick a number 1-12 contact the company next to that #
Top Laura Ingraham Advertisers
4. @Allstate & @esurance
6. @RocketMortgage Mortgage
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) March 29, 2018
Ingraham apologized in a tweet, but not before at least 16 companies, including Bayer pharmaceuticals, Hulu, Johnson & Johnson, Wayfair and chain restaurant Ruby Tuesday, pulled their advertisements.
Hogg refused to accept her apology, calling on her to denounce her network’s treatment of him and his fellow students.
Fox News defended Ingraham, decrying “intimidation efforts” against Ingraham.
“We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts,” Fox News co-president Jack Abernethy said.
CNN reported that the ad breaks on Ingraham’s Monday show were “noticeably shorter than usual, a sign that many advertisers may still be avoiding her.”
Ingraham also announced a new recurring segment on her show titled “Defending the First,” in which she vows to “expose the enemies of free expression.”