No one is buying Laura Ingraham's sorry excuse for an apology.
MSNBC host Katy Tur nailed Laura Ingraham’s faux apology Thursday afternoon, calling out the Fox News host and questioning whether she was actually sorry for what she said — or just sorry about the fact that she’s facing consequences for saying it.
Ingraham was shamed into apologizing earlier on Thursday, less than 24 hours after launching a reprehensible attack on 17-year-old Parkland shooting survivor 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,” Ingraham tweeted.
But as Tur pointed out, Ingraham’s mea culpa rings hollow.
Discussing the ordeal Thursday afternoon, Tur noted that Ingraham “seems to be learning what happens when you attack victims, particularly victims of a school shooting.”
But, she added, “I wonder what would have happened if it wasn’t Holy Week — or if her advertises didn’t drop her.”
Tur raises a good point.
Ingraham could have apologized when it became apparent that she had upset a teenager who just survived a massacre. But she didn’t.
Ingraham could have apologized when Hogg’s sister, Lauren, issued an appeal to Melania Trump to do something about the cyberbullying. But she didn’t.
Ingraham could have apologized when social media erupted with condemnation and pleas for her to reflect on what she was doing. But she didn’t.
Ingraham could have apologized days ago, when her network repeatedly smeared the student activists at March for Our Lives. But she didn’t.
Ingraham could have apologized months ago, when she mocked another victim of violence. But she didn’t.
Ingraham could have apologized when Hogg first called for the boycott. But she didn’t.
Instead, she only backtracked when her advertisers started to flee — prompting Hogg to respond by telling Ingraham that “an apology in an effort just to save your advertisers is not enough.”
Ingraham is used to being able to get away with this type of reprehensible behavior. But as she learned the hard way, times are changing.