Social media mob fails: Fox News stands by Laura Ingraham

On Monday, Fox News co-president Jack Abernethy gave the social media mob led by David Hogg, the foul-mouthed teen demagogue recently dubbed the “king of the snowflakes” and the George Soros-funded Media Matters a bit of bad news.  Despite their best efforts to destroy host Laura Ingraham, Abernethy said the network is standing by the conservative talker.

“We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts. We look forward to having Laura Ingraham back hosting her program next Monday when she returns from spring vacation with her children,” the network executive told the Los Angeles Times.

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In short, every effort to censor Ingraham over a tweet referencing news that Hogg was rejected by four colleges, has failed — big time.

The Times added:

One person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to publicly comment said the boycott has not yet resulted in a significant financial hit.

This person said no advertisers have pulled their dollars from the network but have simply moved from “The Ingraham Angle” to other programs on the Fox News schedule. Most of the advertisers are out because they want to avoid the controversy associated with the story and could revisit the situation in a few weeks after Ingraham returns.

Abernethy’s statement is meant to convey that Ingraham will return whether the advertisers come back or not. Fox News hired Ingraham to be a provocative commentator who appeals to conservative viewers, and if she is shut down by advertiser resistance its other hosts will become vulnerable. Ingraham took over the 10 p.m. Eastern slot on Fox News in October.

Privately, the Times added, Fox News executives do not believe Ingraham’s alleged “offense does not approach the issues that brought down hosts Bill O’Reilly or Glenn Beck, who both lost their shows after advertisers pulled out.

Hulu and Rachael Ray’s Nutrish are just two companies that have pulled advertisements from Ingraham’s program.  Hogg, however, has said that he won’t be satisfied until Ingraham is gone completely.

Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow, however, said that he has no intention of pulling his ads from Ingraham’s program.


Score: Laura Ingraham and free speech – 1; Social media mob – 0.


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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