On Thursday, Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro weighed in on the public feud between Fox News host Laura Ingraham and Parkland student activist David Hogg. Following Ingraham's apology for a Wednesday tweet about Hogg "whining" about getting rejected by four California colleges, Shapiro said he was "looking forward" to Hogg issuing his own apologies for the "viciousness" with which he's attacked those who disagree with him.
On Wednesday, Ingraham posted a tweet linking to an article about Hogg telling TMZ that he'd recently been rejected by four California colleges. In response, Hogg called for a boycott campaign against twelve advertisers of her show. By Thursday morning, at least three of the advertisers had caved. Around noon, Ingraham issued an apology "for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland," noting that she had welcomed the activist on her show before and would gladly have him on again. Hogg rejected the apology, describing her actions as "mudslinging at children," and issued a demand:
Around the same time that Hogg was penning his rejection tweet, Shapiro — who, like Hogg, entered the political arena in his teens — posted a few tweets highlighting some of the vicious comments Hogg has made about his political enemies that deserve their own apologies.
"I look forward to Hogg's apologies to Republicans ('sick f***ers'), Dana Loesch (she was 'hypocritical and disgusting' for criticizing Broward Sheriff Scott Israel), and Marco Rubio (he said Rubio was bribed by the NRA to give away children's lives)," he wrote. "You may not like what Ingraham said. You may disagree with it. I did. But it isn't remotely CLOSE to the level of viciousness with which Hogg has attacked people who disagree with him."
Shapiro closed the thought by noting that he knows firsthand what it's like to "take on slings and arrows" as a young activist, and had to learn to get used to it, particularly when it's "justified."
"I was Hogg's age when I started writing a syndicated column. I got hammered repeatedly -- and some of it was justified. When you join the public discourse, you take on slings and arrows. That's even more true if you decide to maliciously malign your opponents, as Hogg has," he wrote.
Hogg was recently given an opportunity by CNN's Alisyn Camerota to apologize for his "unnecessarily provocative" comments about Rubio. The activist responded by saying he believes he's not being provocative enough.
"If you're trying to get everybody together, if you're trying to have solutions, do you think it is helpful when you say things like, Marco Rubio is putting for a dollar and five cents, or whatever your coupon said, that's how much he values students?" said Camerota in an interview with Hogg this week. "I mean do you think that's unnecessarily provocative?"
"No, I think it's not enough — I don't think it's even provocative enough," Hogg responded. "Marco Rubio is still supported by the NRA, which works to ensure not the safety of gun owners and the safety of Americans everywhere, but to insure that they sell more guns."
Shapiro has addressed the debate about student activists and media coverage a number of times, including on his podcast today (relevant segment starts at 1:33 mark):