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WATCH: Hogg Explains Why He Won’t Accept Ingraham Apology. Here’s Why His Reasons Fall Flat.

On CNN Friday, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg rejected an apology from Fox News host Laura Ingraham, insisting that he needs to go “even harder” and listing a few reasons why. However, a review of Ingraham’s show suggests the activist’s criticisms aren’t warranted.

“The fact that they’re going after us personally shows that what we’re doing is working. We have them scared and now we have to go even harder,” Hogg told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota (video below). “I want people to understand, we’re not trying to take your guns, we’re not against the Second Amendment, we don’t want to repeal the Second Amendment. We simply want gun legislation in this country that allows law-abiding citizens to still own guns but prevents people with a history of mental illness or a history of a criminal background from owning a firearm. It’s as simple as that.”

Camerota, who recently questioned some of Hogg’s “unnecessarily provocative” rhetoric against his political opponents, did not step in to note that individuals with a history of mental illness who have been committed against their will to a mental institution and criminals are already banned from buying and possessing firearms.

When asked if he accepted Ingraham’s apology, Hogg replied, “No.”

“I think it’s wrong and I think if she really wants to do something, she could cover things like inner-city violence and the real issues that we have in America,” Hogg said.”I know she’s a talk show host, but as such she also has a responsibility to show both sides of a story, you know?”

Camerota asked Hogg if he would sit down “with someone like Laura Ingraham” and work across the aisle on gun control.

Hogg replied: “See, I would like to do that, but first I would need her to be more objective in the way that she talks about us. Because if you look at any time that she talks about us on her talk show, she speaks only to her audience, which is kind of what a talk show host does. But what she does most of the time is, she’s like, oh, these leftist — this leftist group is trying to take all your — she gets this really threatening tone about us that we don’t have.”

A review of Ingraham’s handling of Stoneman Douglas students on her show, as well as her handling of the issue of inner-city violence, shows that his criticisms are unfair:

Ingraham’s treatment of students from Stoneman Douglas on her show:

  • As Ingraham noted in her apology tweet, “For the record, I believe my show was the first to feature David immediately after that horrific shooting and even noted how ‘poised’ he was given the tragedy.”
  • A review of the segment shows that Ingraham interviewed Hogg the day of the shooting and treated him with respect; Ingraham also gave a platform to students from the school, like Ariana Klein, whom the rest of the media largely ignored; another example of a student that Ingraham gave a voice to that didn’t receive a lot of coverage was Brandon Minoff.
  • While filling in for Ingraham on her show, Jason Chaffetz gave a platform for conservative student Kyle Kashuv to speak.

Ingraham’s coverage of “inner-city violence and the real issues that we have in America”:

  • Ingraham has questioned whether certain social justice movements are constructive toward curing problems for inner-city kids.
  • She has mentioned that Republicans need to reach out to people who live in inner-city areas where Democratic policies have failed them.
  • She has featured African-American pastor Mark Burns; the two discussed inner-city violence and problems facing the African-American community.
  • She has brought up unanswered questions in the Las Vegas massacre, while a majority of the media abandoned the story of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
  • She has featured segments on gun violence, where lawmakers brought up violence in Chicago which the media largely ignores.

Though in his comments to Camerota, Hogg suggests that he does not take on “a threatening tone” as he claims Ingraham does, he has repeatedly attacked his political opponents, including calling the NRA and Republicans “child murderers.” His rhetoric against Marco Rubio was so strong that even Camerota pushed back against it as potentially “unnecessarily provocative.”