The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Bottom-Feeder Tactics Against Student Leaders

Apr 2, 2018

Conservative Fox News talk show host Laura Ingraham taunted a Parkland shooting survivor, David Hogg, for “whining” about having some of his college applications rejected. Hogg is one of the most vocal activists in the #Never Again movement.

In response to this bottom-feeder tactic, Hogg urged his more than 630,000 twitter followers to “tweet” away at Ingraham’s top sponsors and call on them to boycott her TV show. And as a result, sponsors like Expedia, Hulu, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, and TripAdvisor said they would pull their ads.

Facing the boycott, Ingraham apologized for her personal attack against Hogg. But Hogg rejected her apology, saying he felt the apology was merely an effort to save her advertisers. He spoke about how the movement that has developed in the aftermath of the Parkland shootings is, in fact, having its impact – about how these personal attacks and outright threats of violence against himself and other student activists are proof that the corporate and political powers that be have reason to fear the potential of this movement.

One of his Twitter messages captured his spirit and his intention: “Just got rejected from another college but that’s ok we’re already changing the world....”