The Hogg Effect: How David Hogg and the Parkland kids are destroying free speech
Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg is looking to take apart the Constitution one Amendment at a time, as evidenced by his attempts to destroy the career of Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
Ingraham made the mistake of tweeting a mild jab at Hogg who, along with the other liberal survivors of Parkland, have been dubbed untouchable by both mainstream and social media. Any perceived attack on them has been met, and will continue to be met for the foreseeable future, with harsh repercussions.
While it does seem to be good decorum to handle kids who have just been through a tragedy with kid gloves, many of these kids have painted themselves as fierce warriors. That is, until someone takes a shot at them. Then they are only kids and saying anything to them is tantamount to a capital crime.
I have had the honor and privilege of being friends with young, conservative activist CJ Pearson since he began his foray into the political arena. In that time I have watched as he has been attacked by adults on a consistent basis, calling him brutal, vicious names for being a young, black conservative.
In that time, I have never witnessed Pearson shy away from the battle or hide behind the fact that he is a kid. Instead, he fights for what he believes in and has never asked for special treatment. And from what I know of Pearson, he would be angry if anyone suggested that he should get special treatment.
He wants to be taken seriously as a voice in the world of politics, which is what we were told Hogg wanted. After all, he has leveled vicious verbal assaults at those he disagrees with while hiding behind the shield of his youth. Firing back at him could be career suicide, as Ingraham has learned this week when she mocked him for being rejected by his colleges of choice.
It was not a smart move by Ingraham, but she quickly apologized. Sadly, for her, that was not enough for Hogg.
In truth, there was nothing she could have done or said that would have been good enough for him. He saw his opening, as a liberal from a liberal family, to take a shot at destroying a conservative career that Ingraham spent decades building.
As of this writing, seven advertisers have abandoned Ingraham and Hogg has shown no signs of calling for a truce as he is pressuring more advertisers to pull their support.
You can argue that this is how the free market and free speech work, and you would be correct. But the precedent being set by this is terrifying.
In the age of social media, it is not uncommon for someone to speak off the cuff and make a comment they regret. If people must watch every single word they say for fear that it could end their career, it could put an end to punditry and opinion writing.
As an aspiring journalist himself, what Hogg is creating could come back to bite him in the future.