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On Friday, Parkland, Florida, shooting survivor David Hogg declined to accept Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s apology for mocking him on Twitter. He said Ingraham only extended the apology when her show began to lose advertisers.
Hogg called for a boycott of Ingraham’s advertisers after she shared a story on Wednesday from conservative news site the Daily Wire on the teen’s rejections from four University of California’s campuses. She attacked Hogg in her tweet, saying he “whines” about his rejections, of which she called the UCLA response “totally predictable.”
After seven advertisers reportedly pulled advertising from her show, Ingraham returned to Twitter to apologize for her insensitive tweet and to advertise an interview she did with the teen after the shooting.
“Any student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA—incl. @DavidHogg111,” she said. “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. For the record, I believe my show was the first to feature David immediately after that horrific shooting and even noted how ‘poised’ he was given the tragedy. As always, he’s welcome to return to the show anytime for a productive discussion.”
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. For the record, I believe my show was the first to feature David…(1/2)
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 29, 2018
… immediately after that horrific shooting and even noted how "poised" he was given the tragedy. As always, he’s welcome to return to the show anytime for a productive discussion. WATCH: https://t.co/5wcd00wWpd (2/2)
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 29, 2018
Hogg told CNN in an interview on Friday that he doesn’t plan to accept her apology.
“She’s only apologizing after a third of her advertisers pulled out and I think it’s really disgusting the fact that she basically tried promoting her show after apologizing—or ‘apologizing’ to me,” he said. “I think it’s great that corporate America is standing with me and the rest of my friends, because when you come against any one of us, whether it be me or anybody else, you’re coming against all of us.”
Hogg wasn’t the only person who found Ingraham’s tweets to be less than sincere.
You're an awful person. Apologizing after two of your major advertisers pull doesn't seem very sincere. Maybe think before you speak next time!!!!!!
— Lauren Karla (@LaurenKarla) March 29, 2018
@IngrahamAngle your words were deliberate and on purpose. The apology you’re now offering is clearly a tactic to keep your sponsors. Too late many of us are taking action towards your show!
— Angel (@aalvarez_fl) March 29, 2018
That is no apology.
Those are words and self promotion.
We know you're just mad your advertisers disapprove.
— EAT (@MissEmi64581640) March 29, 2018
You sounded so sympathetic in this interview, even bringing your kids into it. Is this how you'd teach them to apologize: issue non-apology under financial pressure, mention Christianity to appeal to base, and blatantly advertise show. About right?
— Jane weaver (@Janeweav2017) March 30, 2018
TripAdvisor, Nutrish, Expedia, Nestle, Wayfair, and Hulu said they will stop their ads on The Ingraham Angle, which airs daily on the Fox News Channel at 10p.m. In a statement provided to HuffPost, Johnson & Johnson said they also plan to pull advertising.
Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.