An MSNBC panel ripped Fox News host Laura Ingraham for her “casual cruelty” in attacking Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg for not getting into his preferred college, as they pointed to the right-wing pundit losing her advertisers over the controversy.
While Ingraham has since apologized for the outburst, her show has lost numerous advertisers today, with businesses jumping ship left and right to escape the host’s toxic rhetoric.
During the segment, political strategist Steve Schmidt called Ingraham’s network “propaganda” and suggested her comments will lead to more brands leaving.
“Fox News has become a propaganda network. It exists in an alternate reality,” argued Schmidt. “It spews forth daily a toxin into the American body politic, it purposely monetizes division in the country. The use of completely crazy, alternate reality conspiracy theories for justification for all of it.”
He went on to say the following about Ingraham’s loss of advertisers:
The issue with the advertisers is this: The sensibilities of brands has changed. it’s not what a brand says today its what a brand does today, and every advertiser, every brand, when you lock on and you spend your money, your resources, on a show like Laura Ingraham, you’re taking Laura Ingraham on as a business partner. And what you’re seeing is nobody in their right mind wants to be in business with Laura Ingraham. And you don’t want to be in business with Laura Ingraham because of her easy and casual cruelty that she inflicts out on people on a daily basis… [This is] another example of an adult acting terribly.
The panel continued by agreeing that “Russia Today is to Vladimir Putin what Fox News is to Donald Trump,” adding that –– aside from hosts like Shep Smith, Bret Baier, and Chris Wallace –– the network is just “propaganda” and “not journalism.”
“No doubt. Why is that controversial?” Questioned the MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace. “Are we saying something revelatory?”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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