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Opinion David Hogg is irritating, but Laura Ingraham is the adult and she blew it

19:11  02 april  2018
19:11  02 april  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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  Ingraham apologizes amid backlash over Parkland student criticism Fox News host Laura Ingraham apologized Thursday over a critical tweet she sent out the day before about a Parkland, Fla., shooting survivor, in which she mocked him over college rejections. Any student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA -incl. @DavidHogg111. On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland. For the record, I believe my show was the first to feature David...

Laura Ingraham is a conservative provocateur who, like many of her Fox News prime time colleagues, has to gin up ever greater levels of outrage to keep her viewers awake and glued to the screen. Hogg is irritating and sanctimonious in the way young people often are.

Hogg is irritating and sanctimonious in the way young people often are. Ingraham is ghastly by design as a market brand. But Ingraham is also a grown-up who should know better. Yes, David Hogg is turning from a youth with a good cause to a media operator who is, apparently, trying out a possible

Laura Ingraham posing for the camera: Political commentator Laura Ingraham, speaks during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland © Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Political commentator Laura Ingraham, speaks during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland

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Let’s get a couple of things out of the way right at the top.

Laura Ingraham is a conservative provocateur who, like many of her Fox News prime time colleagues, has to gin up ever greater levels of outrage to keep her viewers awake and glued to the screen. David Hogg is a teenage survivor of a horrific attack on a high school who, like many young people who have achieved sudden fame, has decided that he is an oracle of wisdom.

Some advertisers drop Laura Ingraham after Parkland comments

  Some advertisers drop Laura Ingraham after Parkland comments Some big name advertisers are dropping Fox News personality Laura Ingraham after she criticized one of the Florida school shooting survivors on social media. Ingraham, a right-wing host who landed a rare one-on-one interview with President Donald Trump last year, wrote on Twitter, "David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it."Hogg, a student a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who filmed students hiding from the gunman in their classrooms, was quick to respond, tweeting a list of a dozen advertisers and encouraging followers to immediately call them and ask them to drop Ingraham.

and she blew it : Presented without comment, but I am looking forward to discussion with those CNN and Mr Hogg are entwined in a symbiotic relationship (host and parasite) and will continue the This is the original article about it . It is what she was referring to with her initial tweet that said he was

More: David Hogg is irritating , but Laura Ingraham is the adult and she blew it . Hogg is doing fine. He did not engage in personal attacks against Ingraham or others. He advocated for change in specific ways: A desire that mentally ill kids don't easily roam the halls with AR-15s, that politicians

Hogg is irritating and sanctimonious in the way young people often are. Ingraham is ghastly by design as a market brand. But Ingraham is also a grown-up who should know better.

Yes, David Hogg is turning from a youth with a good cause to a media operator who is, apparently, trying out a possible career as a political gadfly before he’s even cast his first vote. He’s put himself in the public square as a brawler who can throw and take a punch. He’s savvy and getting savvier by the minute, especially in baiting a slew of commentators into treating him as an adult, which is exactly what he wants.

Except, of course, when he wants to be treated like a kid. He recently shared his rejections from a handful of prestigious schools, with the clear implication that these fine colleges are idiots for rejecting him. (CNN anchor Alyson Camerota indulged Hogg in this juvenile resentment by asking what kind of “dumbass” schools would reject him.)

All the Advertisers Dropping Laura Ingraham After She Mocked Parkland Survivor David Hogg

  All the Advertisers Dropping Laura Ingraham After She Mocked Parkland Survivor David Hogg At least eight companies have decided to stop advertising on the Fox News show “The Ingraham Angle,” after host Laura Ingraham mocked Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg for not getting into his top choices for college. At least eight companies have decided to stop advertising on the Fox News show “The Ingraham Angle,” after host Laura Ingraham mocked Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg for not getting into his top choices for college.

Maybe that would have been more descriptive of "not surprising" and "a lot of amazing people don't get into college." I mean, come on. Tom, you repeat a lie. TMZ's Harvey Levin tweeted: “ David was not whining,” Harvey said “I called him about the story. He was not feeling sorry for himself in the slightest.

More: David Hogg is irritating , but Laura Ingraham is the adult and she blew it . More:Face facts, America, Donald Trump is a success. Then he added, "If I'm an ass clown — and I very well might be — you, Sean, are the whole ass circus." Hannity wasn't the only one who didn't see the humor.

Ingraham, however, made went ever farther. Normally a smart operator herself, she committed a trifecta of blunders when she ridiculed Hogg for his rejections.

First, she engaged a teenager by punching down. Now, punching down isn’t pretty but it isn’t always wrong, and I have been known to do it myself. There are times when it’s necessary.

This was not one of those times.

Punching down, when needed, should be employed briskly against a bad idea. Ridiculing a teenager who is smarting from rejection while reveling in self-importance — both of which are common maladies of adolescence — is just crude.

Second, Ingraham issued a non-apology apology that leaned on the crutch of Holy Week, as though reflecting on the passion of Jesus Christ reminded her that making fun of someone who lived through a massacre was perhaps a bad idea. This was, to say the least, unconvincing.

Hogg, of course, refuses to accept her apology — this is also a part of adolescence — and has since demanded to know why Ingraham will not apologize to basketball player LeBron James for something she said to James (“shut up and dribble”) a month before the Parkland shooting.

More advertisers drop Laura Ingraham after Parkland comments

  More advertisers drop Laura Ingraham after Parkland comments More advertisers are dropping Fox News personality Laura Ingraham after she mocked a Florida school shooting survivor online. At least 11 companies had said by Friday afternoon that they would pull their ads from "The Ingraham Angle."At least 11 companies had said by Friday afternoon that they would pull their ads from "The Ingraham Angle.

After Laura Ingraham mocked David Hogg over his college rejections, several companies said they would pull advertising from her show.Credit Laura “The decision of an adult to personally criticize a high school student who has lost his classmates in an unspeakable tragedy is not consistent with our

Eleven companies boycott The Ingraham Angle over Twitter attack while Parkland shooting survivor advises ‘healthy reflections’.

Finally, she apologized only after advertisers started abandoning her. Ingraham’s conservative defenders are outraged at this desertion of commercial dollars, as if talk show hosts have a constitutional right to maintain a stable of paid advertisers no matter how repulsive their behavior. 

It's almost comical to see conservatives complaining about boycotts, especially after viewers of Ingraham’s colleague Sean Hannity started smashing Keurig coffee pod machines and the Republican state government of Georgia decided to punish Delta Air Lines for defying the National Rifle Association. In theory, conservatives believe in letting the market speak, but hypocrisy is the pure oxygen of modern American political debate.

More important is that the Ingraham-Hogg dust-up is a reminder of how dysfunctional our public spaces have become. We are now Drama Queen Nation: conservatives on one side screaming that imminent gun confiscations will lead us all into leftist re-education camps, shouted down on the other side by liberals who, no matter what the issue, clutch their hands to their breast like Helen Lovejoy from The Simpsons and screech “Think of the children!” while themselves cynically deploying children as political pawns.

If Anyone Is The Bully In The Laura Ingraham Spat, It’s David Hogg

  If Anyone Is The Bully In The Laura Ingraham Spat, It’s David Hogg Ingraham is a lot of things, but she isn’t a bully, at least in regards to her tweets and commentary. Oddly enough, the only bully here is David Hogg.Between the celebrity status he has garnered these past several weeks and the media allowing him to say anything he wants without any pushback, Hogg now feels entitled to besmirch his political opponents with unyielding power. Aided by his borderline cult following, Hogg is leading the charge to destroy Ingraham because of a stupid, mildly-offensive tweet. And the punishment she’s receiving was the exact one used on Bill O’Reilly after he was exposed for harassment.

Laura Ingraham taunted David Hogg over college rejections. For David Hogg , it was the last laugh. “Thank you all for the well wishes,” Hogg tweeted Saturday morning. In rejecting Ingraham ’s apology, Hogg accused her of being a perpetual “bully,” who should apologize to other people she

Fox News host, Laura Ingraham is going head to head with Parkland student and gun control advocate, David Hogg . Plus: Planned Parenthood wants to create a

Some adults, like musician Frank Stallone, are backtracking and apologizing after being burned by the controversy. CNN’s Joan Walsh, on the other hand, has sniped at Hogg classmate Kyle Kashuv, criticizing his Twitter activity and adding: “Good luck handling your stress.” Meanwhile, rock-star turned unhinged generic celebrity Ted Nugent has called the children “liars” who “have no soul.”

These are not the words of responsible adults.

The teens of Parkland have been through hell. They need understanding, love, and above all, counseling. They most certainly do not need to be bitching about their college rejections to millions of people in public. But our job as adults is to find a way forward, not to make all of this worse. Instead, all of the adults have deserted the square, leaving a self-righteous, fist-pumping teenager to argue about how stupid colleges are with an aging Mean Girl who leans on Lenten piousness when she’s trapped by her own foolishness.

Don’t blame Hogg or the other teens. The adults are supposed to know better. If only we could find any.

Tom Nichols is a professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College, a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors and author of The Death of Expertise. The views expressed here are solely his own. Follow him on Twitter: @RadioFreeTom.

David Hogg, mocked by Laura Ingraham for college rejections, says he's been accepted to UC Irvine .
<p>The teenage survivor of the Parkland high school shooting said he had not yet made his decision if he would attend the school because he has been so busy.</p><p></p>The 17-year-old Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior — a key voice in the student-led national gun control movement that followed the Feb. 14 shooting — told a Los Angeles Times reporter in a text message that he had been accepted to the Orange County university. He had not yet made his decision if he would attend the school, he said, because he has been so busy.

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