Friday 19 October 2018

Fox News host apologises for mocking Parkland shooting survivor after advertisers ditch her show

Laura Ingraham on The Ingraham Angle on Fox News. PIC: YouTube
Laura Ingraham on The Ingraham Angle on Fox News. PIC: YouTube
Aoife Kelly

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A Fox News show is being dropped by advertisers after its host mocked a Parkland school shooting survivor.

Four companies have already cut ties with The Ingraham Angle after host Laura Ingraham tweeted about the fact that David Hogg (17) had been rejected from four colleges.

Hogg has been campaigning for tighter gun controls since the shooting on Valentine's Day which killed 17 people.

Home goods company Wayfair released a statement about why they will no longer advertise on the show.

“The decision of an adult to personally criticise a high school student who has lost his classmates in an unspeakable tragedy is not consistent with our values,” a spokesperson said.

“We do not plan to continue advertising on this particular program.”

TripAdvisor, Nutrish and Hulu have all followed suit.

“In our view, these statements focused on a high school student, cross the line of decency,” a spokesperson for TripAdvisor said in a statement. “As such, we have made a decision to stop advertising on that program.”

Ingraham took to Twitter on Wednesday to share an article by the Daily Caller, Gun Rights Provocateur David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied' with the comment, “Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA...totally predictable given acceptance rates."

Hogg in fact had a 4.2 GPA and he responded to the comments by calling attention to them with the show's advertisers, who then took action.  Ingraham then responded with an apology, tweeting, “On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologise for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland."

She also said any student "should be proud" of a 4.2 GPA.

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