Sinclair commentator resigns after vulgar tweet about Parkland survivor David Hogg
- Author: Rogelio Becker Apr 11, 2018,
Apr 11, 2018, 6:03
Hogg is the Parkland High School student who has been making the media rounds since the mass shooting there, spreading an anti-gun violence message.
The station, which bills itself as FM NewsTalk 97.1, is owned by Emmis Communications, but is being sold to Entercom Communications.
"We have accepted Mr. Allman's resignation, and his show has been cancelled", said Ronn Torossian, the CEO of the PR firm 5W, who is acting as a Sinclair spokesman, said in response to questions sent to the media company by The Washington Post.
Allman's also off the radio airwaves.
The anger generated by Allman's remarks is reminiscent of the outrage after another conservative commentator, Fox News host Laura Ingraham, mocked Hogg after it was announced he did not get into some top colleges, only to face a fierce backlash from activists and advertisers.
Ingraham is back on air and on Monday night said the ad boycott targeting her show was part of "the left's plot to silence conservatives".
Allman took to Twitter on March 26, two days before Ingraham ridiculed Hogg on Twitter for being denied admission to several universities, and boasted that he was planning to assault the teen with a fireplace implement.
Student activist David Hogg is set to take a gap year before college in order to work on the United States midterm elections and educate young voters.
In her return to her program on Monday, Ingraham blasted the effort to target her advertisers.
Their social media spat came to symbolize the debate over how youthful advocates for gun safety should be treated by political opponents.
Rep. Stacey Newman, a Richmond Heights Democrat and a longtime supporter of stronger gun laws, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Allman had crossed a line and she felt she "needed to step up" after first thinking she didn't want to give any credibility to someone "wanting attention". Allman has since made his Twitter account private. "It's heartwarming to know that tons of people throughout the state understand this is not acceptable".
President Donald Trump last week defended the company after a video showing dozens of Sinclair news anchors reading a script expressing concern about "fake stories" and "one-sided news stories plaguing the country" appeared on TV news reports and circulated online.