Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Laura Ingraham Says She'll Take Vacation Amid Controversy

Fox News host to take week off as advertisers flee amid Parkland controversy Fox News host Laura Ingraham takes week off after David Hogg comments
| 01 April, 2018, 03:29

Bill O'Reilly took a "pre-planned vacation" last April amid advertiser cancellations after the New York Times detailed his settlements following harassment allegations from five women, totaling at least $13 million.

Hogg is a survivor of the 14 February mass shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Parkland suburb of Fort Lauderdale. Her tweet linked to a report noting Hogg had been rejected from four California colleges.

Ingraham apologized the next day on Twitter and invited Hogg to appear on her program.

Liberty Mutual, for example, told employees Friday that it would no longer advertise on Ingraham's show, calling her comments "inconsistent with our values as a company".

"On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the fearless victims of Parkland", she wrote.

Unfortunately, the most recent "Ingraham Angle" episode compares less favorably to her quarter-to-date or month-to-date averages.

Eleven companies have pulled their ads so far after Parkland student David Hogg, 17, slammed her for the mocking comments and called for a boycott of her advertisers. The first to cancel ads were Nutrish, a pet food line created by celebrity chef Rachael Ray; TripAdvisor; online home furnishings seller Wayfair; Nestle; Hulu; Expedia; and online personal shopping service Stitch Fix.


Hogg, who has proven adept at leveraging the pace and amplification of social media, quickly responded with a tweet of his own, listing her major sponsors and encouraging his rapidly growing social media base to pressure them.

Donny Deutsch was the most fired up of the group and did not hold back as he went after Ingraham, stating at one point that she needed to 'shut up and dribble'.

"I'll be off next week for Easter break with my kids".

"Ignorance is something I try to ignore".

'I 100% agree an apology in an effort just to save your advertisers is not enough.

He wrote that he would only accept her apology if she denounced the way Fox News had treated his friends.

"I think when people call us out like this, what they're really trying to do is distract from the bigger movement here", he added.

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