Of course Fox News sides with an adult who's attacking kids.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham got herself in a world of trouble when she attacked Parkland teen David Hogg, but her employer is standing with her and attacking the kids who called out her atrocious behavior.
“We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts,” the network said in a statement. “We look forward to having Laura Ingraham back hosting her program next Monday when she returns from spring vacation with her children.”
Ingraham’s abruptly announced vacation came at the end of a long week of advertisers fleeing her in droves. After she mocked Hogg for not getting into a few colleges, he called on her advertisers to stop funding her hateful show.
And it worked. It really worked. Even after Ingraham issued a belated apology on Twitter, her advertisers kept dropping her. More than a dozen companies have answered Hogg’s boycott call and bailed on the Fox host.
On Friday night, Ingraham announced she herself was fleeing the airwaves for a weeklong vacation.
But while she gave the half-hearted appearance of regretting her noxious attack, it seems Fox News saw nothing wrong with it. Instead, in Fox’s view, the adult who needlessly and cruelly used her position of power to mock a teenager is the real victim.
Fox, like much of right-wing media, has no problem smearing the teenagers who survived the horrific school shooting in February. The network has given plenty of airtime to NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch, for example, who last week lectured the kids for organizing the March for Our Lives instead of paying for increased security at their school.
Now, even though Ingraham has expressed a shred of remorse for her attack on a high school student, Fox is apparently still endorsing it.
It isn’t yet known whether Ingraham really will return to her show in a week. Other Fox hosts have taken “vacations” in the past in the midst of scandal, most infamously disgraced chronic sexual harasser Bill O’Reilly, never to return.
What is known is that Ingraham is barely hanging on to her show, even after admitting her behavior was wrong. If Fox really wants to double down on her attacks by also lashing out at the teenage survivors-turned-activists, that just might backfire for the network as well.