Politics & Policy

Fox News Assails Censorship, Stands By Laura Ingraham

Laura Ingraham speaks at CPAC 2018 in National Harbor, Md., February 23, 2018. (Gage Skidmore)

Fox News announced their continued support for embattled host Laura Ingraham Monday amid speculation that her personal criticism of Parkland student David Hogg, and the resulting loss of advertisers, would lead the network to discontinue her program.

“We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts,” Jack Abernethy, co-president of Fox News, said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “We look forward to having Laura Ingraham back hosting her program next Monday when she returns from spring vacation with her children.”

Ingraham embarked on a scheduled vacation this week after more than a dozen advertisers pulled their commercials from the Ingraham Angle after Ingraham mocked Hogg on Twitter for not being accepted to certain collegesHogg responded to Ingraham’s provocation on Twitter by listing Fox News advertisers and calling on his supporters to boycott the companies.

The defecting firms, which include Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual, Office Depot, Expedia, Nestle, and Hulu, did not pull their advertising dollars entirely from Fox News, opting instead to shift their ads to other programs.

Ingraham later apologized on Twitter but Hogg said he would not accept what he believed to be a financially motivated concession.

The loss of advertisers and ensuing controversy has not resulted in a significant financial blow to Fox News’, one person familiar with the situation told the Los Angeles Times.

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