After a weeklong hiatus, Fox News TV host Laura Ingraham returned to her show, The Ingraham Angle, on Monday. All this followed her hotly debated feud with Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg.
Ingraham apologized for saying the teenager was “whining” about not getting accepted into some colleges, but the damage was done. The TV veteran returned to her desk 20 advertisers lighter, nearly half of what she had a week ago.
The host, however, didn’t miss a beat as she headed straight into a 10-minute-long segment about freedom of speech called “Defending the First.” Though she didn’t mention Hogg by name, she faced her controversy head on, saying, “I have been the victim of a boycott. It is wrong. You shouldn’t do this by team. It is the modern way of cutting off free speech.”
Twitter was quick to remind Ingraham that the right to freedom of speech goes both ways with her advertisers.
Someone should tell Laura Ingraham about the First Amendment.
The boycott IS free speech. https://t.co/GXs2phLxkk
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) April 10, 2018
Dear Laura (@IngrahamAngle )
You’ve a right to free speech, you’re not entitled to nor do you have a right to advertisers. We are also not compelled to accept your hate. Here’s the deal, first you insulted, then you apologized and now you are attacking again. You’re a shit human pic.twitter.com/At60Ww1jZy
— Patriotic Moose&Lamb (@GinoKusa) April 10, 2018
Conservatives like Laura Ingraham LOVE free speech and free markets — until free speech affects free markets to take a dollar out of their pockets. Then, they whine about how free speech is, suddenly, unfair. I’ve pencilled in 10:15AM on Aug 17, 2035 to make a sad face for Laura. pic.twitter.com/Z1XmXcBm9g
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) April 10, 2018
While Ingraham did get pushback on social media for her return and her stance on the controversy, her fans were delighted to see her back on television. They overwhelmingly welcomed her and praised the TV host for fighting back against the boycott.
So glad to have you back. I’ll be watching.
— Melanie S (@logicalmel) April 10, 2018
I’m tuning in. Laura do not apologize to that twit Hogg. No reason to. Glad you are back!!!!!!! Oh by the way I dumped a lot of the companies who pulled ads from your show. Nutrish was one now my girls eat freshpet and are loving it!
— Mike (@mikeforamerica1) April 9, 2018
— Dammit Dawn! (@jerseygirl2you) April 10, 2018
Welcome Back! We all Stand behind you!
— JamieR (@Jamierodr10) April 10, 2018
Laura Ingraham is back!!! She’s tearing up the air waves with her fight against those who are trying to silence free speech of Conservatives!!!
We are with you, Laura! Welcome back!!!@IngrahamAngle #FreeSpeech #Conservatives #FreeDiamondandSilk pic.twitter.com/Z2FbZjRzZ7
— Kat Young (@smartiekat123) April 10, 2018
Ingraham was also delighted to return to The Ingraham Angle. Just before her show aired, she tweeted this message to her fans.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) April 9, 2018
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