Ingraham Returns to Fox, Goes Whole Hog on Free Speech

The 'Left' is trying to 'silence conservatives,' host said Monday night on 'The Ingraham Angle'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2018 9:00 AM CDT
In this July 20, 2016, file photo, conservative political commentator Laura Ingraham speaks during the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – Laura Ingraham returned to her Fox News show Monday night, as promised by the network, after a week off from the controversy over her snarky tweet toward Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg. But although Ingraham didn't mention the hubbub directly, Deadline notes she was back Monday in "full force," seeming to touch on the advertisers fleeing The Ingraham Angle after 17-year-old Hogg asked them to boycott the show. Her main target: "the Left," which she accused of scheming to "silence conservatives," "drive out any dissenting voice," and cause a "contraction of free speech all around us." Ingraham capped the show off with a segment on the First Amendment and its "enemies." Another big name who doesn't care for the advertiser boycott, per the Washington Post: Bill Maher.

"I want to defend Laura Ingraham," Maher said Friday on his HBO show, adding she is a "deliberately terrible person." But while Maher said the Parkland kids have done a "great thing" on gun safety, he noted "people are going to have the right to argue back." Just because Maher doesn't like the boycott hasn't stopped more advertisers from defecting. Allstate apparently ended things with Ingraham on March 28, the day of her tweet, per a March 31 internal memo to employees obtained by the Wrap. "Laura Ingraham's comments about David Hogg were inconsistent with our values," the memo noted, adding Allstate, the 20th advertiser to leave, hopes "our youth can help us find a path to a less divisive future." Meanwhile, a Sinclair TV station commentator resigned this week after saying he wanted to sexually assault Hogg with a "hot poker," per the Post (screenshot of his tweet here).

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