War of words fly after O’Reilly blasts Hogg for being controlled by ‘shadowy radical groups’

Bill O’Reilly’s argument that David Hogg’s attack on Fox News host Laura Ingraham was being orchestrated by “shadowy radical groups” was dismissed as a conspiracy theory by the Florida high school student.

O’Reilly came out in defense of Ingraham as she faced the departure of advertisers from “The Ingraham Angle,” after she tweeted a comment that offended Hogg, who called for a boycott of the Fox News show.

“The sponsor boycott is not some spontaneous uprising by companies,” O’Reilly wrote on his website Monday. “It is being directed by powerful, shadowy radical groups who want Laura Ingraham off the air. Same thing happened to me.”

Amid claims of sexual harassment against him, O’Reilly took a “vacation” from Fox News last year as Ingraham is currently doing during the current controversy. O’Reilly never returned.

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As BPR reported last month, there are numerous well-organized groups behind the anti-gun movement that “magically” sprang up after the Parkland massacre.

O’Reilly’s allegations about the Hogg’s boycott efforts aren’t exactly far-fetched.

“There is no question that if you are a conservative commentator in America, elements on the far left will try to harm you,” O’Reilly wrote. “The Laura Ingraham situation clearly illustrates what is going on.”

Fox News Co-President Jack Abernethy fired back at “agenda-driven intimidation efforts” aimed at Ingraham, stating the host will be back on air after her family vacation.

But Hogg, the Parkland student activist who has become the liberal media’s go-to for anti-gun rhetoric following the mass shooting at his school in February, refuted O’Reilly’s claims that he was being used by bigger players.

“I’m pretty well lit — I don’t see any shadowy figures behind me,” Hogg told MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell on “The Last Word” Monday. “If he sees powerful shadowy groups as corporate America standing with us, okay, I guess. It doesn’t really make sense.”

“When Bill says these things and Laura says these things, I’m fine. When they disagree with my policies, that’s absolutely okay. What I have a problem with is when they attack me or anybody else personally. Why? What does that accomplish? It doesn’t make sense. I don’t have any shadowy figures behind me,” Hogg said.

“I’m just a kid that uses Twitter. If he sees me as powerful, that’s okay. I don’t see myself that way,” he added.

O’Donnell read a tweet by the former publisher of TIME Magazine, stating that advertisers leave a program when they think it “has crossed some line that is going to cost them customers and money.”

He then asked Hogg what he would say to O’Reilly if the two sat together.

“Corporate America is on the side of justice,” Hogg said. “You, with the sexual harassment, they stood with the victims of that to ensure that nobody else would have to suffer through that. They’re trying to stand with us too to prevent the bullying that we’ve seen.”

A meeting between Hogg and O’Reilly would be welcome in many circles, especially where Hogg’s hypocrisy and misinformation have more than worn out his welcome.


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