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.
As BPR reported last month, there are numerous well-organized groups behind the anti-gun movement that “magically” sprang up after the Parkland massacre.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 3, 2018
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.
When Bill and Laura, is he friends with these people? And what does he mean it’s okay if they disagree with his policies, does he write policies now?
— WebstersMom (@texanfortrump20) April 3, 2018
I wonder if he would be as vocal if he were not on Media Matters/George Soros payroll. Sadly, this boy can not determine fact from fiction, right from wrong. TY Bill for exposing the truth.#EnoughisEnough #Parenting 101, teach children respect self/others, its valuable life skill
— Pamela Smith (@plsmith57) April 3, 2018
I’m sick of hearing from this kid
— Melissa (@Mpaztc) April 3, 2018
?? this little boy is so stupid to not see how he is being used . Taking on O’Reilly prob not a smart thing. Instead of coaching him for Twitter attacks why not have him do a one on one with the people he attacks. Cause we all know he thinks he can do to Bill what Laura allowed
— Giena (@gienaeveritt) April 3, 2018
A fouk mouthed kid who thinks he knows everything!
— L. Sharon (@AmericaFree1) April 3, 2018
Because she dinged you on your college grades that you tweeted abt you try to ruin a woman with three kids? how does that help stop school schooling davey?
— Bonnie (@BonBee81) April 3, 2018
Wow, so David Hogg is either stupid, or he thinks we’re stupid. As if O’Reilly was saying that there were literal shadowy figures standing behind David! ?♂️
Also, considering that the same Media Matters attack was run against O’Reilly, Bill’s claim holds a lot of weight. https://t.co/EsrSaHOsIt
— Peculiar Baptist (@PeculiarBaptist) April 3, 2018
That boy’s first name shpuld be changed to camera!
— Bill Hughes (@bh0314) April 3, 2018
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