While some advertisers have quit, Fox News supports Laura Ingraham as a conservative show that helps the network.
Despite David Hogg’s campaign to deplatform her show, Fox News has announced that the network still supports Laura Ingraham and is happy to welcome her back after her previously scheduled vacation. In fact, not all of the advertisers have even left the network. Rather, they have had their ad time moved to other Fox News broadcasts. And it is likely many of them will reconsider their decision after the controversy has blown over.
Even if they don’t, Laura Ingraham’s show attracts a large number of viewers and it should attract other sponsors. Futhermore, Fox News wants and needs to keep their conservative viewers. Ingraham’s presence enhances their conservative identity and thus encourages conservative loyalty. Getting rid of Laura Ingraham’s show would antagonize conservative viewers.
Here’s Larry Elder’s comment on the situation, asking why advertisers have boycotted Laura Ingraham and not Al Sharpton:
And here’s Rush Limbaugh on how the real goal is obliteration of conservative voices:
The Los Angeles Times reports, “Fox News states support for Laura Ingraham despite advertiser fallout.”
Fox News is standing by its embattled host Laura Ingraham, who has seen advertisers flee her show over a tweet aimed at Parkland, Fla., school shooting survivor David Hogg.
“We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts,” Jack Abernethy, co-president of Fox News, said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “We look forward to having Laura Ingraham back hosting her program next Monday when she returns from spring vacation with her children.”[…]
Some advertisers have left the show since Thursday to protest Ingraham’s remarks, while other sponsors have steered clear of her program so as not to be associated with the controversy.
Although more than a dozen advertisers have stated publicly that they have pulled their commercials from “The Ingraham Angle,” far more have stayed away without making any public announcements.[…]
One person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to publicly comment said the boycott has not yet resulted in a significant financial hit.
This person said no advertisers have pulled their dollars from the network but have simply moved from “The Ingraham Angle” to other programs […].
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