Boycott of The Ingraham Angle
School shooting survivor David Hogg initiated a boycott of companies that purchase advertising during The Ingraham Angle, in March 2018. Hogg called for the boycott after Fox News television host Laura Ingraham stated on Twitter that he was whin[ing] about his rejected college applications. Hogg accused her of cyberbullying and suggested to his followers that they contact companies who advertise on the show. In response, several advertisers left the show after which Ingraham apologized. Hogg dismissed the apology as insincere, and he and his supporters continued the pressure campaign on her show's advertisers.
The boycott resulted in mixed reactions. Fox News continued to support refused to capitulate. Ingraham was supported by Ted Nugent, and by Russian bots on Twitter. Bill Maher defended Ingraham on grounds of free speech, saying that the boycott was wrong. Back on the air after a week on a "pre-planned vacation", Ingraham described the boycott as "Stalinist" and blamed leftistsfor working against free speech.
More than 20 sponsors have stopped advertising on the show. Public polling showed that public perception of Fox News declined more than that of any advertiser. Advertising rates for the show declined slightly, and the amount of advertising during the show was reduced by as much as half.
Background[edit | edit source]
On February 14, 2018, Hogg, age 17, survived the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in which a mass shooter killed 17 people and wounded 17 more. A few days later, he and other shooting survivors founded Never Again MSD, a student group advocating for safety in school. On March 24, Never Again MSD was a lead organizer of March for Our Lives, a global student-led demonstration with some demands to change gun law in the United States. More than a million protestors attended more than 800 events around the world.
On March 28, The Daily Wire wrote an article listing the colleges which were and were not offering admission to Hogg. Later that day Fox News personality Laura Ingraham ridiculed Hogg, tweeting: "David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA...totally predictable given acceptance rates.)" Hogg responded with a tweet that listed her advertisers and suggested those advertised be boycotted.
Impact[edit | edit source]
Within two days, fifteen companies had ceased advertising on Ingraham's show, including AT&T, Office Depot and TripAdvisor. Other companies such as Ace Hardware dropped the show in the ensuing days. A few days later, Allstate stopped advertising on Ingraham's show, circulating a memo to employees citing the company's values being at odds with Ingraham's comments.
Ingraham publicly apologized for her remark within 25-1/2 hours of her initial criticism, but Hogg rejected it as insincere, saying she had only apologized because advertisers had left her show, and that he would accept an apology in the future if she denounced the way her network treated him and his friends. Republican strategist Steve Schmidt speculated why Ingraham's advertisers pulled their support: "...this kid’s not scared. He’s not scared of the NRA. He’s not intimidated and scared by Laura Ingraham."
Ingraham returned to her show in April after a pre-planned week-long Easter break, with the support of Rupert Murdoch. According to the Washington Post, the advertising time dropped by half following the spat, but there was speculation that it might "blow over" with some advertisers returning to the show after the interest died down. Fox News co-president Jack Abernethy said that the network "cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts".
A total of 24 sponsors have stopped advertising on The Ingraham Angle as of mid-April 2018 Polling by YouGov BrandIndex in the days following the announcement of the boycott showed that the Fox News brand had sustained significantly more consumer perception damage than any of the advertisers. The positive consumer perception of Ingraham dropped from 53 percent to 33 percent, according to the celebrity data and research firm Spotted. Rates for advertising during the show dropped since the start of the boycott. Prices for a 30-second spot dropped from an average range of $12,310-$14,732 to an average range of $11,305-$13,405, according to analysts. Advertising time during the show dropped by as much as 52 percent.
As of her first three nights back after the Easter break, primetime ratings of cable news viewership shows The Ingraham Angle remains second or third among cable news viewership on Fox News, and fourth or fifth overall in viewership across all cable news networks.   
List of advertisers in boycott[edit | edit source]
- Ace Hardware
- Allstate and Esurance
- AT&T Corporation
- Atlantis Paradise Island
- Blue Apron
- Entertainment Studios
- Jenny Craig
- Johnson & Johnson
- JoS. A. Bank
- Liberty Mutual
- Office Depot
- Principal Financial Group
- Rocket Mortgage
- Ruby Tuesday
- Sleep Number
- Slim Fast
- Stitch Fix
Reactions[edit | edit source]
At the end of her Friday, March 30th show, Ingraham announced she was taking a week-long absence from the show for Easter. This week-long break was already planned in advance prior to the controversy and advertiser loss, according to Ingraham and Fox News.  
According to Hamilton 68, hundreds of Russian bots came to Ingraham's defense on Twitter during the weekend following the boycott. Posts under the hashtag #IStandWithLaura jumped 2800 percent and was the top trending hashtag for Russian Twitter accounts.
Talk show host Bill Maher came to the defense of Ingraham, saying that the boycott was wrong, and that her show should be continued on the grounds of advocating free speech, and saying that he, himself, had been the victim of a boycott, and he felt that he had been unfairly treated in the past.
Back in February of 2018, professional athletes complained about Ingraham's admonishment to LeBron James in which she advised the basketball star to avoid political commentary and simply "shut up and dribble." Her comment was in response to Lebron's statement that President Donald Trump "doesn’t understand the people, and really don’t give a f--- about the people." On this occasion, she was simply referring to her book entitled Shut Up & Sing of which she has used derivitives in previous retorts to personalities such as Jimmy Kimmel and Gregg Popovich.  No boycotts were attempted and no apologies were offered.
References[edit | edit source]
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- John Bowden, April 7, 2018, The Hill, Bill Maher defends Ingraham: Parkland student calling for a boycott is wrong, Retrieved April 8, 2018, "..."He complains about bullying? That’s bullying!" the host continued. "I have been the victim of a boycott ... I've lost a job as a result. It is wrong. You shouldn’t do this by team, you should do it by principle."..."
- Media Matters Staff, April 9, 2018, Media Matters, After 20+ advertisers remove ads following her attacks on a Parkland student, Laura Ingraham calls boycott efforts "Stalinist": Ingraham: "Expressing views that just five or ten years ago were considered mainstream can now get you fired," "you can get boycotted," and "their efforts are Stalinist", Retrieved April 10, 2018, "...left-wing activists use these terms as bludgeons to intimidate those who disagree with them from entering the dialogue ... the left doesn't invite more voices to enter the public discussion. Instead, they drive out any dissenting voice and police the dogma of their own creation...."
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- Washington Post, Amy B. Wang and Allyson Chiu, March 29, 2018, ‘You’re a mother’: Laura Ingraham faces boycott for taunting Parkland teen over college rejections, Retrieved March 29, 2018, "......."
- Yahoo! News, Melody Hahm, March 30, 2018, How an ill-advised tweet became a nightmare for a Fox News show, Retrieved March 31, 2018
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- BBC News, March 30, 2018, Parkland student David Hogg rejects Fox News host's apology, Retrieved March 30, 2018, "....TripAdvisor, Expedia, Hulu, Johnson & Johnson, Wayfair, Nestlé and Nutrish announced they would withdraw commercials from the presenter's show, The Ingraham Angle..."
- Yahoo! News, Rebecca Shapiro, March 29, 2018, Republican Strategist Nails Why David Hogg Got To Laura Ingraham, Retrieved March 31, 2018
- Sarah Ellison, April 8, 2018, Washington Post, Laura Ingraham returns to air amid a boycott drama. It’s the new normal for Fox News., Retrieved April 9, 2018, "... Ingraham’s slap at David Hogg, ... a wire that even the controversy-hardened Fox did not welcome...."
- Hod, Itay (April 11, 2018). "Mitsubishi Drops Laura Ingraham as Advertiser Boycott Campaign Continues (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
- Joe Mandese (April 5, 2018). "Ingraham's 'Celebrity' Sentiment Declines By A Third Post-Hogg Tweet". MediaPost. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
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- Lisa Gutierrez (April 4, 2018). "8 things about the MyPillow guy: his drug past, why Trump loves him, a boycott". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
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- Media Matters, Bobby Lewis, February 16, 2018, Athletes are calling out Laura Ingraham for telling LeBron James to "shut up and dribble": Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade: “They use to try and hide it.. now the president has given everyone the courage to live their truths”, Retrieved April 10, 2018
- The Daily Beast, Laura Ingraham Doubles Down on Lebron James Attack
- Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News, March 29, 2018, Maybe it’s time for Laura Ingraham to shut up, Retrieved April 10, 2018, "...Ingraham didn’t seem contrite from blowback in February after saying that basketball star LeBron James is ill-equipped ... Because he’s an athlete? Black? Either way, maybe Laura Ingraham should shut up...."
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- Top Laura Ingraham Advertisers, a tweet that established the boycott
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