By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times - Friday, March 30, 2018
David Hogg, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high-schooler who seems to have set himself up as Laura Ingraham’s arch nemesis, has been making national television rounds of late, pretty much calling for adults to step aside and let the teenagers rule — because hey, who knows better how to run a country than a kid.
And now he’s demanding Ingraham of Fox News denounce her network — her employer — else he’ll keep up his call for advertisers to boycott.
Hogg would’ve made a pretty decent brownshirt back in the pre-World War II day. Those are the National Socialist party people who ran around Germany strong-arming and bullying and intimidating the general populace into accepting the goals of the Nazi organization. Not saying Hogg’s one now — goodness, no. There are advertisers to consider, of course.
Just saying his demeanor, his rhetoric, his whiney demands, his illogical views of the Second Amendment, his refusal to consider facts and historical truths over emotionally charged screams — all that, added up and considered, suggests he may have missed his calling by a few decades, and an Atlantic Ocean.
Here’s the latest: Ingraham, on a tweet, wrote: “David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA … totally predictable given acceptance rates.)”
Hogg apparently found that tweet offensive, not because it presented false information but rather because it hurt his widdle feelings and he felt mocked. So he called for a boycott of Ingraham’s advertisers and listed her top 12 on Twitter.
A bunch of advertisers did pull. Then Ingraham again took to Twitter and apologized — for something that really doesn’t need apology, for that matter. What did she say in the first place that was so wrong?
Anyhow, her followup tweet went like this: “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…(1/2).”
And then this one: “…immediately after that horrific shooting and even noted how ‘poised’ he was given the tragedy. As always, he’s welcome to return to the show anytime for a productive discussion.”
She even included a link to the video clip of her interview with him — giving the guy even more media face time.
But Hogg wasn’t having any of it.
Here’s how he responded: “I 100% agree an apology in an effort just to save your advertisers is not enough. I will only accept your apology only if you denounce the way your network has treated my friends and I in this fight. It’s time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children.”
Advertisers should have more guts than to cave on a matter so minute as Hoggs’ hurt feelings. Ingraham’s apology was far above what he deserved. And if Hogg wants to be taken seriously and regarded as a leader of movement against violence, he needs to drop the brownshirt-type bully tactics and toughen his skin.
A bruised ego is no cause to go after someone’s paycheck.
• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter, @ckchumley.