PARKLAND — It’s already been a harrowing week for Laura Ingraham, host of The Ingraham Angle on Fox News.
Ingraham recently challenged David Hogg, one of the country’s newest and most high-profile gun control advocates, and called him out in response to tweets where she alleges the high school senior “whines” about not getting accepted to certain colleges.
Hogg, who survived February’s gun massacre at Parkland‘s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, found many champions online, among them companies that advertise on Ingraham’s program. Several pulled their ads, including TripAdvisor, Nutrish, Wayfair, JoS. A. Bank, Expedia, Hulu and Nestle.
“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,” Ingraham offered after the extent of the damage to her livelihood began to be known.
After Hogg (and the online community at large) didn’t accept the weak apology, Ingraham took a different tack, returning to work on Monday with a defiant stance.
Although Ingraham made no mention of her many lost advertising dollars, she was quick to condemn a “Stalinist” movement on the left to silence commentators on the right and limit their free speech. She dramatically swore to stand against these “left wing retaliatory hit squads.”
“The free speech clause to our Constitution doesn’t just apply to speech our elites deem acceptable,” Ingraham declared.
Sponsors airing ads on Ingraham’s program on Monday included a visiting nurse service, a weight-loss drink, a knife sharpener and companies dedicated to floor coverings, debt relief and pillow manufacture. Certainly a far cry from the big-name companies who walked away at Hogg’s urging on social media.
Ingraham, having pivoted back to doubling down after contrition failed, stated that she would begin showcasing stories about conservatives fighting attempts to silence them. (No mention of why people not engaging in wildly unpopular rhetoric or behavior don’t have these problems.)
“We will never relent and we will never give in,” Ingraham said. “Never.”
Until the next time she tries to float an apology in the “spirit” of something, of course.