Ingraham Returns From Vacation, Finds Major Sponsor Also Dropped Her

Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg called for Fox News advertisers to boycott Laura Ingraham’s show after the right-wing host bullied him on Twitter.

David Hogg

UPDATE: Laura Ingraham may have returned from her one-week vacation, but her advertisers have not.

Vice reported that one of the Fox News host’s most important sponsors has quietly pulled its ad from "The Ingraham Angle."

The report states that Allstate Insurance will no longer pay to have its commercials air during the show. Ingraham has lost about 50 percent of her show’s total ad time since Parkland student David Hogg asked companies to boycott her show on March 29.

“Laura Ingraham’s comments about David Hogg were inconsistent with our values,” the company told its own employees via an internal memo. “Allstate believes in youth empowerment and last year helped 5 million youth find their voices and take action to make the world better. We have not advertised on ‘The Ingraham Angle’ since Wednesday. We hope our youth can help us find a path to a less divisive future.”

If it wasn’t clear to the host before, it is now. No matter how right you think you are, consumer-oriented companies will never be willing to jeopardize their reputation in order to stand by a bigot.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham continues to lose her battle with pro-gun control activist and Parkland, Florida, shooting survivor David Hogg, even while on vacation.

In addition to the several other sponsors who dropped “The Ingraham Angle,” Ace Hardware said that it will no longer advertise on the show. The decision is tied to the host’s attempt at mocking Hogg, which prompted the teen to call out companies sponsoring her program to boycott her.

“I can confirm that we do not have any plans to nationally advertise on Ingraham’s show in the future,” an unnamed spokeswoman told reporters.  

So far, Nutrish, Nestlé, Johnson & Johnson, TripAdvisor, Expedia, Wayfair, Stitch Fix, Jenny Craig, Hulu, JoS. A. Bank, Liberty Mutual, Office Depot, Miracle-Ear, Principal investment group, Honda, Ruby Tuesday, and the Atlantis resort all dropped their sponsorships of the show.

The only company that has confirmed it will not stop advertising on the show is My Pillow.

Ingraham promptly announced she was going on vacation as her sponsors dropped her show one by one. Despite the backlash, Fox News seems unwilling to drop Ingraham. 

“We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts,” the network’s co-president, Jack Abernethy, said. “We look forward to having Laura Ingraham back hosting her program next Monday when she returns from spring vacation with her children.”

If things go on like this, however, Ingraham may go back to host a show making the network no money. Will Fox News be that willing to keep her on like that?

We doubt it.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham's strange cyber-bullying saga just got a little weirder as Russian bots are now coming to her side.

Last week, she took time out of her busy day of smug conservative chatter to mock-tweet Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg because he didn't get into any University of California colleges.

Hogg shot back, calling Ingraham a bully and inviting major advertisers to pull support from her show — and many, such as Nestlé, Johnson and Johnson, and Hulu, did.

Now Ingraham seems to have garnered some strange — or perhaps, fitting — robotic bedfellows. Russia-linked Twitter bot accounts are spewing fake support for the Fox News host with the hashtag #istandwithlaura. According to the website Hamilton 68, which tracks the spread of Russian propaganda on Twitter, the hashtag suddenly jumped 2,800 percent on Saturday, becoming the top trend among bots and accounts linked to Russian influence operations.

Business Insider checked the website and found @ingrahamangle, @davidhogg111, and @foxnews were among the top Twitter handles tweeted at by Russia-linked accounts. 

This amusing turn of events comes right after Ingraham suddenly announced this week she'd be taking a "pre-planned" Easter break vacation. 

In a tantalizing coincidence, former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly once took a "pre-planned" Easter break in 2017 when he got into hot water for sexual harassment allegations. 

O'Reilly never returned from that vacation. 

The list of companies dropping their sponsorship of Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s show continues to grow after Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg's call to boycott the host.

The latest major companies to say they are not going to spend another dime on the conservative talking head are Nestlé, Johnson & Johnson, Hulu, and Joseph A. Bank.

Nestlé confirmed the news, according to Vice, and Johnson & Johnson told HuffPost they would no longer advertise on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle."

Hulu replied to Hogg on Twitter.

After Ingraham tried apologizing to Hogg once she noticed that companies were pulling their advertising, Hogg responded while being interviewed by CNN's Alisyn Camerota.

When asked if he accepted Ingraham's apology, he simply said, "No."

"She's only apologizing after a third of her advertisers pulled out," the Parkland survivor said. 

"I think it's great that corporate America is standing with me and the rest of my friends," he then added. "Because when you come against any one of us, whether it be me or anybody else, you're coming against all of us. And I think it's important that we stand together as both corporate and civic America to take action against these people and show them that they cannot push us around, especially when all we're trying to do here is save lives."

The teen called the Fox News host's attitude "disgusting."

On Twitter, Lauren Hogg, David Hogg’s sister and Parkland shooting survivor, noted that the host only expressed regret so she wouldn’t lose more sponsors.

She also told the Fox News host to “grow up.”

By the looks of it, the exodus is real. Soon enough, Ingraham will have to find another job.

After Fox News host Laura Ingraham attacked Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg, she became the target of harsh criticism. Now, her show is being boycotted by sponsors.

According to Raw Story, Hogg responded to Ingraham by urging companies to boycott the host.

In a tweet with a list of her top sponsors, Hogg asked followers to bombard them with calls for boycott after her very public attempt at humiliating him.

Today, pet food maker Nutrish announced that it would not be sponsoring her weeknight show “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News.

TripAdvisor said that it would be announcing the end to her show’s sponsorship later on Thursday. According to the company, it does not "condone the inappropriate comments made by this broadcaster," CNBC reported.

Travel site Expedia also canceled its sponsorship, saying that it “no longer advertises on this show.”

Wayfair, a home goods company, said that it “[supports] open dialogue and debate on issues. However, the decision of an adult to personally criticize a high school student who has lost his classmates in an unspeakable tragedy is not consistent with our values.” The company has also pulled its advertising.

Given the instant backlash, Ingraham released a statement indicating how sorry she is "for any upset or hurt [that her] tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland."

Yet her apology seems to come a little too late as, at last, the exodus has begun. As such, we hope this move will serve as a warning to other Fox News hosts who think that it’s OK to mock Parkland or any other shooting survivor. 

Fox News’ Laura Ingraham once again unleashed her hatred toward a teenager who survived one of the deadliest school shootings in modern U.S. history by bullying him on Twitter for not being accepted into a few colleges.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg, one of the rising young activists in the movement against gun violence, recently told the TMZ about four college rejections — from University of California schools in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Irvine — a fact that Ingraham, a notorious right-wing pro-gun media personality, used to mock him on social media.

“It’s not been too great for me and some of the other members of the movement, like Ryan Deitsch,” said Hogg, according to the TMZ. “It’s been kind of annoying having to deal with that and everything else that’s been going on but at this point, you know, we’re changing the world. We’re too busy. Right now it’s hard to focus on that.”

Well, given the fact Hogg, along with his classmates, not only witnessed the traumatic Feb. 14 mass shooting at his Parkland, Florida, school that resulted in the deaths of 17 people but also initiated a mass movement to end school shootings, ridiculing him for not being accepted into a couple of schools was a low blow — even for someone like Ingraham.

Following the appalling tweet, the 17-year-old student took to Twitter to call for advertisers to boycott Ingraham’s show.

Hogg’s younger sister, Lauren, also posted a powerful tweet addressing first lady Melania Trump and her campaign to end cyberbullying.

This is not the first time the young activist has called out the first lady on Twitter.

Shortly after the Parkland school shooting, Lauren Hogg asked Trump to condemn her husband’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr. for liking conspiracy theory tweets calling her brother a “crisis actor.”

Meanwhile, this is what social media users had to say about Ingraham’s petty tweet.


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