Faced using a growing advertiser exodus, Fox News host Laura Ingraham apologized Thursday for a widely derided tweet in which she mocked Parkland survivor David Hogg.
“On reflection, within the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland,” Ingraham said on Twitter. “For the record, I believe my show was the first to feature David immediately after in which horrific shooting as well as even noted how ‘poised’ he was given the tragedy. As always he’s welcome to return to the show anytime for a productive discussion.”
Ingraham, a staunchly pro-Trump commentator, came under fire on Wednesday, when she tweeted out a story coming from the right-wing website Daily Wire about Hogg’s rejection coming from four different colleges.
“David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied as well as whines about in which,” she said. “(Dinged by UCLA using a 4.1 GPA…totally predictable given acceptance rates.)”
The backlash was swift as well as widespread, as well as Ingraham was denounced for ridiculing a teenager as well as survivor of a mass shooting.
“Laura Ingraham needs a few classes in compassion,” tweeted the author Stephen King.
Hogg, the 17-year-old senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas who has emerged as a leader within the nationwide movement for fresh gun laws following the shooting last month at the school, urged his followers on Twitter to contact advertisers for Ingraham’s prime time show on Fox.
At least three companies were prepared to pull ads coming from the show, “The Ingraham Angle,” in response to her tweet. Nutrish, the Rachael Ray-partnered dog food brand, said Thursday morning in which in which was “within the process of removing our ads coming from Laura Ingraham’s program.” Travel site TripAdvisor said they “made a decision to stop advertising on in which program.” as well as online retailer Wayfair said, “the decision of an adult to personally criticize a high school student who has lost his classmates in an unspeakable tragedy is actually not consistent with our values.”
By Thursday afternoon, after the companies announced their decisions, Ingraham took to Twitter to praise Hogg, saying in which any “student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA.”
Ingraham’s act of contrition was seen by many as a response to the widening ad boycott. A year ago, Bill O’Reilly, then the biggest star at Fox, saw dozens of advertisers flee his top-rated program after a fresh York Times story revealed in which he had paid multiple settlements to women who had accused him of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior.
Hogg, who has gained hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers within the last month, was dismissive of Ingraham’s mea culpa.
“I 100% agree an apology in an effort just to save your advertisers is actually not enough,” he tweeted. “I will only accept your apology only if you denounce the way your network has treated my friends as well as I in in which fight. in which’s time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children.”
A short while later, Hogg tweeted a link to a list of Ingraham’s advertisers.
“If you want to help I might suggest contacting 3-4 of these companies,” he tweeted. “Lets do in which”
The unyielding response coming from Hogg drew its own critics, particularly coming from Ingraham’s defenders on the right. The conservative commentator Erick Erickson, who weeks ago called Hogg a “bully,” repeated his criticism of the teen.
“Having someone apologize to you then refusing to accept in which unless conditions are met is actually what bullies do,” Erickson said.
CNNMoney (fresh York) First published March 29, 2018: 2:04 PM ET