Parkland Survivor Criticizes Laura Ingraham For Only Apologizing After Advertisers Fled

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	David Hogg and Laura Ingraham

Hogg, a survivor of the school shooting in which 17 people were killed on Valentine's Day, responded to Ingraham's tweet by rallying social media activists to boycott some of her largest advertisers.

In two tweets Thursday, Ingraham apologized for "any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the courageous victims of Parkland".

Now Nestle US and Hulu confirmed on Twitter that they have ended their sponsorships of the show, and NPR reports that Johnson & Johnson has as well.

Hogg urged his followers on Twitter to contact advertisers for Ingraham's prime time show, and by Thursday afternoon, after at least two companies had distanced themselves from the program, the host offered an apology.

In response to the boycott, several companies, including Expedia and TripAdvisor, cut their ties with Ingraham.

Hogg wasn't the only person who found Ingraham's tweets to be less than honest. Ingraham's time-period competitor, MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, did a segment on Ingraham on Thursday night, noting that "the only reason Ingraham has a job on Fox News" is because of the primetime schedule changes that needed to be made when Bill O'Reilly was kicked off the channel - and that O'Reilly had been losing advertisers over sexual-harassment charges.

Hogg, a 17-year-old, took refuge in a closet during the school shooting, and despite the terrifying circumstances, filmed interviews with fellow students while in hiding, which went viral. "In our view, these statements focused on a high school student, cross the line of decency", the statement added. It said that it will not be purchasing any more ads.

"From hateful remarks about marriage equality and the transgender community to attacking youth activists and the communities we lock arms with, advertisers must question if they want to be associated with her fringe opinions".

Nearly a year ago, more than 50 advertisers yanked their spots from Bill O'Reilly's Fox News show after it emerged that O'Reilly, Fox and its parent company had paid $13 million to settle five sexual harassment lawsuits.

Nutrish, which is owned by Rachael Ray, said "The comments she has made are not consistent with how we feel people should be treated".

The food conglomerate told HuffPost, "We have no plans to buy ads on the show in the future". The former reality TV star would regularly call into Fox News shows to express his political opinions on the news topic of the day, despite not having any professional experience in politics.

The Ingraham Angle airs weeknights at 10 p.m. on Fox News.



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