On Monday, Fox News program The Ingraham Angle resumed, as host Laura Ingraham — having enjoyed a scheduled vacation which proceeded a public feud with a daft teenager — returned to the airwaves.
Ingraham recently became embroiled in a much-hyped controversy, courtesy of her response to the expressed indignation of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg over not being accepted to four universities.
On March 27th, Hogg told TMZ he’d been turned down by UCLA, University of California San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Irvine. TMZ marveled over the academic asininity, telling Hogg he was “doing important things.” Not one for humility, the anti-gun activist and clueless left-wing pawn said he wasn’t surprised by the rejection — because there are “a lot of amazing people that don’t get into college.” In truth, Hogg’s applications — in order to have been decided upon before the end of March — would’ve certainly been submitted before the February 14th mass murder which clicked the Start button on a 15-minute timer chronicling Hogg’s time being “amazing” in the national spotlight.
Ingraham, unimpressed by the teen’s collegiate complaint, slap-tweeted him a day later:
“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.)”
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.) https://t.co/wflA4hWHXY
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 28, 2018
Hogg didn’t appreciate the gesture. The scorned youth — who is doubtlessly at present time engaged in what E.E. Cummings called “[playing] with the bigness of his littleness” — apparently believed he could unseat a national media figure. And the immediate results may have seemed to confirm his suspicions of greatness: after calling for a boycott of Ingraham’s show, at least 16 advertisers pulled support — Red Lobster, Blue Apron, and SlimFast among them — while Ace Hardware withdrew but returned Thursday, citing initial “incomplete” information.
Meanwhile, Ingraham’s supporters began an #IStandWithLaura campaign to boycott advertisers who pulled up stakes.
Barely 24 hours after her castigation of Hogg, the host tweeted to a changed tune:
“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 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.”
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)
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 29, 2018
… 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. WATCH: https://t.co/5wcd00wWpd (2/2)
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 29, 2018
As for the apology: like four colleges uninterested in welcoming a teenage demagogue, Hogg — whose ego is surely sufficiently inflated to land a spot in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — rejected it.
Ingraham left for her planned family vacation over the week of April 2nd, reuniting with the small screen on the 9th and continuing her charge for the network which supported her fully during Hogg’s attempted takedown.
So, back in the saddle, how’d she do in the ratings?
According to Mediaite, Ingraham garnered 2.9 million viewers last week, besting MSNBC’s Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, which scored 2.6 million.
As for the petulent, anti-Second Amendment, “amazing” adolescent who — as per his own assessment — is “changing the world,” CNN reported his mother’s claim that he “hopes to register and educate new voters.” Educating them will presumably prove difficult, since — despite his intention to attend college and the owing of his brief fame to enrollment at a high school — one thing which seems almost antithetical to David Hogg is education. He has frequently shown a gross miscomprehension of the political system and how it works, as well as a lack of any understanding of guns and their function in society.
Upon her triumphant return to television, Laura Ingraham addressed “the Left’s plot to silence conservatives,” noting:
“They drive out any dissenting voice…There is a contraction of free speech all around us.”
This week’s ratings prove that they are not succeeding. Ingraham continues to thrive, and mainstream America continues to relish both the First and Second Amendments. And the world keeps spinning ’round.
As for David Hogg, his time as a public figure looks to be quickly ticking away. He should relish these moments on camera; he will likely soon find himself a relic of a discarded news cycle and an obsolete tool of the radical Left. In fact, long ago, I believe a song paid tribute to the duped and witless young man’s impending fate. At least, the chorus seems to ring true. Sing along if you know it: