Laura Ingraham returns, says boycotters' efforts are "Stalinist"

A beleaguered Fox News host is back on the airwaves, this time with fewer advertisers

Published April 10, 2018 8:58AM (EDT)

Laura Ingraham   (Getty/Alex Wong)
Laura Ingraham (Getty/Alex Wong)

Fox News host Laura Ingraham returned to the airwaves on Monday night, but her show featured far fewer advertisers and opened with a 10-minute monologue on the "Stalinist" left. There was no apology.

In her primetime cable news slot she railed against the left for "squelching" free speech, and warned of the "perilous road that we're on."

"The left’s propaganda shaped a new generation of young adults, who then parroted all that malarkey about the 'patriarchy,' and then they came up with their own new phrases like 'micro-aggressions' and 'safe spaces' and 'white privilege,'" Ingraham claimed. "Today, left-wing activists use these terms as bludgeons to intimidate those who disagree with them from entering the dialogue at all."

She continued, "Their efforts are Stalinist, pure and simple."

Ingraham, however, did not make a single mention to her viewers about why several advertisers fled her show "The Ingraham Angle" in the first place, or why many called on companies to boycott it.

Last week Ingraham publicly criticized high school senior David Hogg, who recently survived a school shooting, after he was rejected from certain universities. As a result, numerous companies pulled advertisements from her broadcast.

She offered a public apology of sorts, which, evidently, was short-lived.

But Ingraham was left with fewer advertisements than usual, during her Monday night broadcast, as she continued to feel the consequences of the boycott, CNN reported.

She went on to claim that the left wants to silence free speech and said they have a "desperate desire to stop debate by branding your opponent unacceptable and driving him or her from the public square."

"So for all their talk of inclusion, the left doesn't invite more voices to enter the public discussion," Ingraham said. "Instead, they drive out any dissenting voice and police the dogma of their own creation."

On the defensive, she continued, "There is a contraction of free speech all around us, and few seem to even notice."

"Many of you have become accustomed to editing yourselves — let's face it," she added. "Expressing views that just five or 10 years ago were considered mainstream can now get you fired. It can cause to you lose a promotion, or you could be branded a hater, or, yes, you can get boycotted."

The controversy has sparked another debate about free speech, and many were quick to point out that Ingraham has played the victim, as if her ability to speak in a public domain had been stripped from her, which has never been the case.

By Charlie May

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