Company Breaks Narrative by Refusing to Pull Ads from Ingraham's Show
Fox News host Laura Ingraham has lost a number of advertisers as part of a boycott organized by Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivor and gun control activist David Hogg.
But one advertiser announced Monday he has no plans to take his ads off Ingraham’s program.
Mike Lindell, CEO and founder of MyPillow, used his Twitter account to announce his ads are staying on Ingraham’s show.
I did not take my advertising down from @IngrahamAngle and @FoxNews, nor do I intend to. @seanhannity
— Mike Lindell (@realMikeLindell) April 2, 2018
The calls for an advertiser boycott began last week when Ingraham posted a rather innocuous tweet saying Hogg had “whined” about not being accepted to four colleges he had applied to.
Hogg viewed that as an attack and followed up with a tweet of his own listing the advertisers on Ingraham’s program and suggesting his followers pressure them to remove their ads from the program.
According to Time Magazine, as of Friday afternoon, companies who have pulled ads from Ingraham’s show include Atlantis Bahamas, Expedia, Hulu, Jenny Craig, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual, Nestle, Nutrish, Stitch Fix, TripAdvisor, and Wayfair.
Lindell, a Christian and a conservative, isn’t following course, however. And his decision earned praise from a number of people on Twitter.
i’ll buy some, and let them sit in the closet until needed. i’d rather spend the money to support a company that supports free speech… then spend it on anything else actually.
— Alexis 🇺🇸 (@xoxalexisdiana) April 2, 2018
Well, looks like I’m going to be sleeping on a my pillow!
— RuskziBot (@jMOTOrist) April 2, 2018
I’m gonna have to get some @MyPillowUSA now. What do they cost? pic.twitter.com/eVIX6kfG6i
— 🇺🇸Globird 🦅 (@Globird3) April 2, 2018
Naturally, there were others who responded to Lindell’s tweet by announcing they would pressure retailers such as Walmart and Kroger to stop selling My Pillow products.
I want Walmart, QVC, and Kroger Co. to send all My Pillows back to Mike Lindell.
Send tweets to@Walmart@QVC @kroger @FredMeyerStores
Kroger is the parent company for Fred Meyer.
— Dawn #FBR #Resist (@DawnRedden2) April 3, 2018
Ingraham apologized for her comment, saying Hogg and any other student should be proud of a 4.2 grade point average. She has been off the air this week for vacation.
Hogg, however, said he refused to accept Ingraham’s apology, saying on CNN, “a bully is a bully, and it’s important that you stand up to them.”
Meanwhile, in a statement released Monday, Fox News co-president Jack Abernethy defended Ingraham and said the network would not be intimidated by the boycotts.
“We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts,” Abernathy said. “We look forward to having Laura Ingraham back hosting her program next Monday when she returns from spring vacation with her children.”
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