BREAKING: Fox News Host Mocks Parkland Shooting Survivor & Apologizes

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One of the US student movement leaders David Hogg has been caught up in a scandal involving Laura Ingraham, the Fox News host. On March 28, Laura Ingraham tweeted a link to an article on David saying the ‘gun rights provocateur’ had been rejected by 4 colleges he applied to. If this wasn’t enough, the Fox News opinion-show host made her own comment saying David is now ‘whining about it’ [the fact of being rejected, that is].

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  • Ingraham’s comment has been interpreted by as offensive, given the fact David Hogg is one of the Parkland shooting survivors.
  • In response to Ingraham’s tweet, David Hogg has urged people to boycott Ingraham's advertisers.
  • The tweet has gone out to 2.2 million Twitter following the Fox News host on Wednesday morning making its way back to Hogg approximately 10 hours later.

Appalled by Ingraham’s jab at him, David Hogg posted the following:

"Soooo @IngrahamAngle what are your biggest advertisers ... Asking for a friend," #BoycottIngramAdverts.

A bit later, Hogg tweeted a list of advertisers on Ingraham's show urging his followers to boycott them. This is not the first time when Fox hosts have been targeted by the boycott campaigns. Hosts Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly also had their share, the latter was forced off the Fox network after being involved in a sexual-harassment scandal last year.

Which Companies Supported Hogg’s Boycott?

As a result of Hogg’s boycott urge, at least 6 advertisers announced they would stop buying ads on the show.

  • Celebrity cook Rachael Ray’s dog food company called Nutrish announced it was “in the process of removing ads from Laura Ingraham’s program.”
  • TripAdvisor, the American travel website, also “made a decision to stop advertising on that program.”
  • Wayfair, the online home-goods store, announced their intention to pull ads from the program saying the comment was “not consistent with [their] values.”
  • Nestle spokesperson has confirmed the company had “no plans to buy ads on the show in the future.”
  • Expedia representative has confirmed cutting promo ties with the program.

Ingraham’s Public Apology

Eventually,  Laura Ingraham tweeted an apology to Hogg, reading as follows:

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“Any student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA — including David Hogg. On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland.”

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And continued:... immediately after that horrific shooting and even noted how "poised" he was given the tragedy. As always, he’s welcome to return to the show anytime for a productive discussion.”

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