Laura Ingraham returns to Fox News after David Hogg attackhttp://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/laura-ingraham-returns-fox
Laura Ingraham’s first show back after vacation, and her feud with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior David Hogg, was less than subtle.
The “Ingraham Angle” host opened her show with a monologue about “the left’s plot to silence conservatives,” which included a discussion of Dinesh D'Souza’s “Illiberal Education” and free speech on college campuses.
“The left's propaganda shaped a new generation of young adults who then parroted that malarky about the patriarchy and microaggression and safe spaces. Today, they use these terms as bludgeons to intimidate those who disagree with them from entering the dialogue at all,” she said Monday night.
“So for all their talk of inclusion, 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. Generations later, the chilling effect on free speech and the workplace in the media, and in society at large is palpable. We all feel it. And the situation may be worsening.”
Ingraham also spoke directly to people she claims have had to “edit” themselves to avoid the wrath of “speech czarists” and "Stalinists" who aim for a "total transformation of American society, not through rational discourse and open debate, but through personal demonization and silencing."
“Every day, more issues are taken off the table all together and may longer be debated at all. So, in other words, if you are against affirmative action. You are a racist. And if you wear a Make America Great Again hat to a gun control rally and get beaten up, well, don't expect a lot of sympathy from the attendees. And if you praise the military skill of Robert E. Lee, you are likely to be branded a defender of slavery,” Ingraham said.
“Remember what happened during the campaign when someone left wing nut cases in San Jose got their hands on a trump supporter? This is the intolerant left in action. Whether it's striking voices from social media, or driving certain viewpoints on the airwaves. Beating people up, organizing boycotts, for perceived unforgivable offenses or preventing speakers from being heard on a college campus, it's all coming from the same place.”
The Fox News host also used the monologue as an opportunity to defend Kevin Williamson, the columnist who said women who had abortions should be hanged.
Ingraham’s monologue came after a perfectly timed vacation, which just happened to arrive as she was under fire for mocking Hogg, the Parkland shooting survivor, for rejection letters from several University of California schools.
Ingraham covered the lengthy history of the “malarky about the patriarchy and microaggression and safe spaces.”( Fox News)
In response, Hogg called for a boycott of Ingraham’s sponsors on her Fox show.
As companies fled, the host issued an apology.
“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,” she tweeted days later, shortly before announcing she was taking a week off from the show.
Jack Abernethy, co-president of Fox News, stood by the anchor.
"We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts,” he said in a statement last week.
“We look forward to having Laura Ingraham back hosting her program next Monday when she returns from spring vacation with her children.”
And Ingraham did return, but without almost 20 of her advertisers, including Bayer, Hulu, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, Office Depot, Ruby Tuesday, Jenny Craig and Liberty Mutual.
At the end of the show, the Fox News host introduced a new segment called "Defending the First," in which she promised to "expose the enemies of free expression...while showcasing those brave voices making a difference."