The 17-year-old Hogg, a survivor of the
Hogg rejected Ingraham's apology and called her a "bully." Whatever happened to "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me"? If Hogg thinks he is being bullied by Ingraham, how would he react to a real bully, the kind who punches you in the face?
Instead of adopting a "poor me" stance, Hogg should have asked to appear on Ingraham's show where the two could have debated the issues. He didn't make this request; instead he swiped at Ingraham in the media. Isn't there something a little cowardly about that?
I first met
Laura is a kind, compassionate woman and a practicing Roman Catholic. She is a single mother of three adopted children who might have experienced a far different life without her. She is also a breast cancer survivor.
The left says things far worse than what she tweeted about
Speaking of comparisons, recall what
Apparently under similar pressure from
In an interview with The Outline, Hogg spewed the worst profanities and insulted parents, who he thinks are stupid because they are not fluent in social media. Where is parental discipline when it's needed most? If he were my kid and behaved as he does, he'd be grounded. If the behavior continued, he'd have to find somewhere else to live.
Some sponsors have pulled their commercials from Ingraham's show, as some did after Behar's insulting remark.
This is the wrong approach. Instead of boycotts and threats, how about celebrating the First Amendment by encouraging people to say what they think? Then viewers can decide whether to "buy" what a program is selling or change channels. That was what the left said to do in the 1980s when conservatives were upset by some TV programming. "If you don't like it, change the channel," they said. If that was an option then, why isn't it an option now?
Debate is better than boycotts and pressure, egged on by groups that raise funds from this type of controversy. The country and its politics would benefit from genuine debate, rather than attempts to silence people with whom we might disagree.