“A blessed Good Friday and Passover to all of you; I’ll be off next week for Easter break with my kids,” Laura Ingraham said at the end of Friday’s The Ingraham Angle, adding that guest hosts would fill in while she’s off.
About a dozen advertisers having moved their ads off her show over her mockery of a Parkland school mass shooting survivor calling for more gun control measures, Ingraham’s Friday pre-planned-vacation news immediately triggered media comparisons to that time Fox News Channel star Bill O’Reilly said similarly he was taking a previously planned break as advertisers were bailing from Fox News Channel’s flagship show, The O’Reilly Report.
But that ad pullout had come in reaction to a New York Times report clocking the millions of dollars in settlements that had been paid out by O’Reilly’s parent company and the host himself to settle harassment complaints over the years. O’Reilly never returned to air on the network as host.
Ingraham isn’t in O’Reilly territory. She’s in a battle with David Hogg, who she had dissed in a tweet, saying he whined after he got rejection notices from four colleges to which he had applied. Hogg responded with a call-to-action to her advertisers to pull their ads. She apologized after some sponsors took Hogg’s suggestion. Hogg rejected that apology as being based on nothing but lost commerce, saying he would accept an apology from her only when she denounced what he called the way in which her network has been mudslinging at him and his schoolmates as they call for more gun control measures. “It’s time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children,” Hogg scolded.
Meanwhile, the list of advertisers who have exited Ingraham’s show now exceeds a dozen, with the addition of Liberty Mutual and Miracle Ear.
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SOURCE: Deadline, Lisa de Moraes