Rightwing Radio Host Just Went After a Parkland Shooting Survivor, Regretted It Almost Immediately

David Hogg and Laura Ingraham (Photos by @davidhogg111/Twitter and Win McNamee/Getty Images)

In another case of an adult attacking a child online, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, age 54, targeted 17 year old Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior David Hogg. Only this time, the child chose to fight back against the online harassment using the same tool:  Twitter.

On March 28, Ingraham used her official Twitter account to mock Hogg's college application process. In her profile, Ingraham describes herself as "Mom, author, TV & Radio Host."


She hosts the nationally syndicated radio show, The Laura Ingraham Show, is the editor-in-chief of LifeZette and a long time Fox News contributor.

Applying to colleges and awaiting the results is probably the most normal part of the Parkland school shooting survivor's life right now. High school seniors around the country are currently engaged in the same process.

Being taunted online by a 54 year old woman regarding which schools rejected your applications is not a normal part of that process however.

That evening David Hogg decided to address Ingraham's Tweet and suggested a boycott of her advertisers thorough the hashtag #BoycottIngrahamAdverts.

After getting the information he requested, 17 year old Hogg asked people to contact Laura Ingraham advertisers, those who keep her voice on air.

Thursday morning, Rachel Ray's pet food brand Nutrish responded directly to David Hogg's Tweet to let him know they were ending their sponsorship of Laura Ingraham's programming.

Later Thursday, both TripAdvisor and Wayfair indicated in statements to CNBC that they intend to end their relationship with Laura Ingraham as well.

A TripAdvisor spokesman stated the company does not "condone the inappropriate comments made by this broadcaster."

In our view, these statements focused on a high school student, cross the line of decency. As such, we have made a decision to stop advertising on that program."

Jane Carpenter, Wayfair's head of public relations, told CNBC, "As a company, we support 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. We do not plan to continue advertising on this particular program."

The hashtag #BoycottIngrahamAdverts is gaining momentum online.

As of Saturday, 16 companies said they intend to end their association with Ingraham’s Fox News show: Nutrish, Expedia, TripAdvisor, Nestle, Hulu, Wayfair, Stitch Fix, Office Depot, Ruby Tuesday, Entertainment Studios, Bayer, Miracle Ear, Liberty Mutual, Jenny Craig, Atlantis Paradise Island Resort and Johnson & Johnson.

Of the original 12 Ingraham sponsors cited Wednesday, 5 had not yet officially responded to the boycott: AT&T Allstate/esurance, Rocket Mortgage, Sleep Number and Arby's.

Prior requests for advertiser boycotts against Fox News personalities met with some success, especially in the case of Bill O'Reilly who lost at least 44 advertisers after a call to boycott.

Laura Ingraham currently hosts a nightly program on Fox News, The Ingraham Angle.

Official responses from the remaining 9 companies identified as Ingraham advertisers have not appeared on social media yet or in statements to the media. But appeals for them to respond on the issue or drop Ingraham continue to mount, as does media coverage.

Beyond the boycott, Ingraham's behavior raised issues about her character.

The spotlight Ingraham placed on herself with her Tweet also brought to light some issues from her own life.

A little after 1:00pm Thursday, Laura Ingraham posted these two Tweets.

Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

The United States, unlike North Korea and other nations President Donald Trump admires, does not have an official state media channel where the federal government can push propaganda.

But since his 2016 campaign, Trump has spoken as though he does have an official state media in Fox News.

Keep reading...
Leon Neal/Getty Images

Retired General John Kelly served as President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff until late 2018, and now he's siding against Trump on a crucial point.

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton's allegations in his upcoming memoir have rocked the impeachment trial in the Senate. Bolton claims Trump sought to withhold aid from Ukraine until it acquiesced to performing politically beneficial investigations for Trump's reelection bid.

Keep reading...

As calls continue to grow for former National Security Advisor John Bolton to testify before the Senate in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is feeling left out.

Demands for Bolton's testimony skyrocketed among the public after allegations in his upcoming memoir that Trump sought to withhold Ukrainian aid as late as September to secure foreign investigations into Trump's political rivals.

Keep reading...
Fox News

Explosive allegations from an upcoming memoir by former National Security Advisor John Bolton are strengthening the case for additional witnesses at the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Bolton's manuscript, the President sought as recently as September to withhold $391 million in congressionally approved aid to Ukraine until its President announced investigations into his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Keep reading...
Scott Olson/Getty Images // Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The defense team in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial spent its second day of arguments defending Rudy Giuliani, bashing House Democrats, and ignoring bombshell developments regarding former National Security Advisor John Bolton that broke in the days before.

The team went after a familiar target in a performance that was likely for an audience of one: Donald Trump.

Keep reading...
C-SPAN

Ken Starr, a conservative pundit and frequent Fox News guest, is best known for his dogged attacks to find impeachable offenses by President Bill Clinton during a multi-year investigation into every aspect of the Clinton family's lives.

In the end, Starr found an extramarital affair which was used to impeach Clinton and that Clinton lied under oath about his personal life.

Keep reading...