David Hogg on O’Reilly’s Claims About Ingraham Ad Boycott: ‘I Don’t See Any Shadowy Figures Behind Me’

Former Fox News megastar Bill O’Reilly came out in defense of current Fox host Laura Ingraham as she’s dealing with an exodus of advertisers from her program after she mocked Parkland survivor David Hogg for being rejected by some colleges. Of course, O’Reilly has some experience with an ad boycott — he saw his sponsors flee just before he was fired from Fox News last year. In a post on his website, O’Reilly claimed that companies weren’t spontaneously dropping their ads but rather this was “being directed by powerful, shadowy radical groups who want Laura Ingraham off the air,” adding the same thing happened to him. Appearing on MSNBC’s The Last Word Monday night, Hogg told host Lawrence O’Donnell that while he wanted to thank O’Reilly for seeing him as powerful, he didn’t see anyone in the shadows nearby helping him. “I’m pretty well lit — I don’t see any figures behind me,” Hogg said, looking around. “If he sees shadowy figures as corporate America standing by us, okay, I guess. It doesn’t really make sense.” The 17-year-old went on to say that he’s fine when O’Reilly or Ingraham disagree with his policy positions. It’s when they attack him or someone else personally, however, when he has a problem. He again noted that he didn’t see any shadowy figures near him, stating he’s “just a kid that uses Twitter.” Later in the interview, O’Donnell brought up that O’Reilly was told by the former publisher of TIME Magazine lately that sponsors leave a program when they believe it will cost them customers and money. The MSNBC host asked Hogg what he’d like to tell O’Reilly if he could sit down with him. “Corporate America is on the side of justice,” Hogg said. “You, with the sexual harassment, they stood with the victims of that to ensure that nobody else would have to suffer through that. They’re trying to stand with us too to prevent the bullying we’ve seen.” Watch the clip above, via MSNBC. [image via screengrab] — Follow Justin Baragona on Twitter: @justinbaragona

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