New York, NY—
Fox News opinionator Laura Ingraham is the latest network personality to suffer consequences for saying or doing terrible things. After gleefully mocking high schooler and massacre survivor David Hogg for not getting accepted into his top choices of colleges, advertisers fled her show and Fox News sent her on a vacation from television.
Prior to Ingraham’s controversy, commentator Bill O’Reilly went from king of cable news to washed-up media has-been after years of sexual harassment and assault claims caught up to him. Fox CEO Roger Ailes was similarly canned for decades of sexual misbehavior. Sean Hannity has also had his fair share of advertiser boycotts for saying terrible things. Eric Bolling was fired for sexual misbehavior, too.
And who knows how many other Fox employees participated in Fox’s gross and deviant culture of misbehavior before the #MeToo movement, but got away with it. Meanwhile, it is likely only a matter of time before frat-bro opinionator Jesse Waters gets boycotted and fired because that guy is a total douche down to the molecular level.
Fox executives, however, are reeling from the endless controversies and advertising boycotts, and blame their network’s woes on snowflake liberals.
“America is turning soft,” said a Fox executive who asked for anonymity to candidly and abrasively describe America. “This place used to be an awesome boys’ club, and now thanks to equal rights we gotta let women in. We even have to let in ugly women! And so what, Laura made fun of a teenaged mass shooting victim—what’s the big deal? These advertisers are wimps. They should just commit to Fox and continue paying us lots of money no matter what we say or do. It’s basically an infringement on our First Amendment rights that they’re abandoning us—except that the First Amendment only relates to governmental censorship, and not private companies deciding on their own within the free market to not associate their brands with toxic and unpopular messaging and pundits. And except that it’s not really the loss of our free speech so much as it is people freely and independently deciding not to listen to us. But yeah, besides all that, this is practically an infringement on our First Amendment rights! And, come on, making fun of a 17-year-old whose friends were murdered in front of him is hardly the worst thing we’ve ever done. Why are advertisers fleeing Fox now when they stayed with us when we got caught repeatedly forcing our news people to use focus group-tested, conservative-slanted language to intentionally skew our viewer’s perceptions of current events with blatant bias? Or when we got caught editing Fox-related Wikipedia pages about Fox employees? Or when we got busted over and over for editing pictures of liberal media people to make them look either more Jewish or more sinister and villainous? Or when a study found that our viewers are less informed about US politics than people who watch no news at all? Or when we got caught manipulating video footage to misrepresent crowd sizes at various conservative-aligned rallies and protests? [Editor’s note: literally all of these are real Fox misdeeds.] How is this Laura Ingraham scandal bigger than any of those? I swear, f***ing snowflakes are ruining this country. And Fox’s profits! I’m sick of suffering consequences for our lack of journalistic integrity. If you don’t like Fox, don’t watch us! We don’t need you! We have enough old, scared white people to continue dominating the ratings for a few more years anyway. But stop asking our advertisers to spend their marketing money with integrity. It’s killing our bottom line!”