Brian Stelter on Laura Ingraham: ‘Dangerous’ to See Ad Boycotts Happening More Often


CNN’s Brian Stelter discussed the current ad boycott being waged against Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show by Parkland student David Hogg — and proposed that such boycotts are dangerous.

Stelter opened Sunday’s Reliable Sources with an explanation of the ongoing feud between Ingraham and Hogg: Ingraham mocked Hogg’s college rejections in a tweet; Hogg called for an ad boycott of her show; companies began to pull their ads; Ingraham apologized; Hogg declined her apology; Ingraham went on vacation as advertisers continued to pull out.

“Are ad-boycotts the right answer here?” Stelter asked his guests. “I’m personally pretty wary of this. I think it’s dangerous to see these ad boycott attempts happening more and more often in this country.”

“My view is let’s not shut down anyone’s right to speak. Let’s meet their comments with more speech. Lets try to respond that way.”

Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik noted that the Parkland students have a “great moral authority” due to the tragedy they experienced, and questioned why Ingraham thought it was a good idea to criticize them.

After Zurawik compared the timing of Ingraham’s vacation to Bill O’Reilly’s “pre-planned” sojourn that wound up being permanent, Stelter countered: “O’Reilly, it’s so different because those were secret settlements and it was a national scandal — this was really just a stupid tweet, right?”

“If you tweet, and you work in the mainstream media, you might as well publish it on the front page of the New York Times,” Zurawik responded. “You don’t get to say it’s a stupid tweet.”

“She did apologize,” Stelter noted, before adding that the fact that the Parkland students are under attack “proves that they’re winning.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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