So when they call the NRA “murderers,” since the Parkland students are advocates, they should be ready for pushback!
The Parkland students are advocates, according to Mediaite Founder Dan Abrams. Nevertheless, Laura Ingraham felt she had to apologize for mocking David Hogg for not getting into a college, despite Hogg’s constantly deriding everyone older than him as ignorant.
Brooke Baldwin claims that Laura Ingraham bullied David Hogg. Abrams doesn’t contradict her but he does try to downgrade the accusation to merely being petty.
Abrams is right that this desire to rejoice in intimidating advertisers and sponsors to dump a show is not healthy for a free society. After all, if what Laura Ingraham did was so bad, it undercuts her own arguements and makes Hogg looke more sympathetic. And Hogg needs all the help he can get to look more sympathetic.
But trying to deplatform Laura Ingraham does the opposite. It shows that he is afraid of her arguments and wants to silence her voice. The only reason he would want to do that is if he fears her arguments are good and his side has no adequate response to them.
But Abrams’ advice to the Parkland students that they had “better saddle up” is also a criticism of CNN and other networks for treating them as above criticism. They treat NRA spokesmen as advocates and the Parkland students as sources of unquestionable wisdom.
Baldwin asked that if the Parkland, Florida students are using words like “murderers” to refer to the NRA, “is it fair to throw it back?”
“They’re advocates now,” Abrams replied. “They’re young victim advocates. But they have to be treated as advocates.”
“[…] It wasn’t that she criticized him that was the problem. The problem was it just felt small and petty to do to a high school student.”
“[…] these kids better saddle up,” Abrams concluded. “If they’re going to get into this debate, and they’re going to be out there advocating, they better be ready to take it.”
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