Fox News co-president Jack Abernethy says that the company is standing firmly behind Laura Ingraham, whom they will not allowed to be “censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts.”
Last week, Ingraham came under fire after she posted a tweet critical of gun control activist and Parkland student David Hogg, appearing to mock him for getting rejected from four top-tier colleges he was rejected from. Her comments sparked a direct backlash from Hogg, who called for a boycott of her show and put out a list of advertisers for his 725,000 followers on Twitter to contact.
In response, numerous corporate sponsors pulled their advertising from Ingraham’s Fox News show, and prompted the single mother of three to issue an apology to Hogg and take a week off, leading many to speculate that she was being pulled off the air. It’s worth noting that her Easter vacation was planned well in advance of the controversy.
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.
Hogg rejected the apology, going on CNN on Saturday to complain about Ingraham. “It’s disturbing to know that somebody can bully so many people and just get away with it, especially to the level that she did,” he said. “No matter who somebody is, no matter how big or powerful they may seem, a bully is a bully, and it’s important that you stand up to them.”
As questions arose about the fate of Ingraham’s position at the network, Fox News‘ Jack Abernethy wrote today to say that the network is looking forward to her return next week.
“We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts,” Abernethy said. “We look forward to having Laura Ingraham back hosting her program next Monday when she returns from spring vacation with her children.”
Ingraham isn’t the only media personality to come under fire for her remarks about the Parkland students. CNN’s Joan Walsh took potshots at pro-Second Amendment student Kyle Kashuv on Twitter, exchanging heated rhetoric with the student after he called her out for taking a side in the gun control debate.
Wow @KyleKashuv are you really policing who “likes” tweets from a grieving Parkland father who lost his daughter? Good luck handling your stress, Kyle. https://t.co/9wKoS0oYam
“Good luck handling your stress, Kyle,” quipped Walsh, who was swiftly blasted for her unkind remarks on social media. However, unlike Ingraham, there have been no serious calls for advertisers to boycott CNN for the contributor’s remarks.
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