Critics have called for a boycott of Laura Ingraham’s Fox News Show after she compared child immigrant detainment centers to “summer camp,” but the network is standing by her against what it calls an attempt “to silence diverse viewpoints by agenda-driven intimidation efforts.”
“Laura Ingraham’s very personal, on-the-ground commitment to the plight of impoverished and abandoned children–specifically in Guatemala– speaks for itself,” Fox News said in a statement Tuesday. “So too does her strong belief in a commonsense, legal immigration system, which will continue to be a focus of her show. FOX News will never tolerate or give in to attempts to silence diverse viewpoints by agenda-driven intimidation efforts.”
On Monday night, Ingraham defended the Trump administration policy of separating undocumented immigrant children from their parents and keeping them inside chain-link cages, saying, in part: “Since more illegal immigrants are rushing the border, more kids are being separated from their parents and being temporarily housed in what are essentially summer camps.”
The comments drew immediate condemnation and calls for an advertiser boycott, including from Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg. By Tuesday morning, “Modern Family” co-creator Steve Levitan announced on Twitter Tuesday that he was “disgusted” to work for 21st Century Fox corporation, which also owns Fox News. Levitan even said, at first, that he would leave Fox at the conclusion of the ABC sitcom, but later reversed his decision, saying instead that he would “take some time” to assess his relationship with the company.
Ingraham probably won’t need worry too much about this latest backlash. The boycott campaign is actually Hogg’s second stab at the conservative Fox News host, following an effort in March after she mocked him for being rejected by several California colleges. Ingraham apologized on Twitter but otherwise didn’t address the matter on her show. Though dozens of advertisers dropped her show, in the end her ratings actually improved.