Friday, 20 April, 2018

Laura Ingraham is taking a 'preplanned vacation' as advertisers flee her show

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Wallace Pearson | 02 April, 2018, 11:21

Conservative Fox News host Laura Ingraham announced Friday evening that she'd be taking a week off, a move that raised some eyebrows given its timing: Over the past two days, her show had lost almost a dozen advertisers after she criticized Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg on Twitter.

Ingraham's vacation announcement conveniently comes in the wake of 11 of her advertisers (at last count) boycotting her show due to a call from Parkland student David Hogg.

The 14 advertisers that have dropped Ingraham's show since Wednesday include: Office Depot, Liberty Mutual, Jenny Craig, Nutrish, Atlantis Paradise Island, Stitch Fix, Global investment group Principal, Johnson & Johnson, Hulu, Expedia, Nestle, Wayfair, Trip Advisor, and Ruby Tuesday.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham said Friday she will take a week's vacation following an exodus of advertisers from her show after she insulted a Florida shooting survivor's grades. However, Hogg did not accept and continued to apply pressure.

- Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 29, 2018I 100% agree an apology in an effort just to save your advertisers is not enough.

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesFox News Channel host Laura Ingraham laughs after telling a joke about herpes during the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 23, 2018.

Hogg was referring to a comment Ingraham made in February, in which she criticized the National Basketball Association player for "talking politics" in interviews. It's time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children. In an interview on CNN, he said, "She's only apologizing after a third of her advertisers pulled out ..."

Multiple companies yanked ads from her show after she insulted Parkland student David Hogg, who said he was rejected from several colleges.

Travel website TripAdvisor said it would stop advertising on Ingraham's show, saying it does not "condone the inappropriate comments made by this broadcaster". Coffee company Keurig initially said it was pulling ads from Hannity's show, only to face social media backlash from Hannity's supporters, who posted videos on Twitter of themselves smashing Keurig machines. A Fox News representative was not immediately available for comment.

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