The current frenzy surrounding Fox News Channel host Laura Ingraham has caused some collateral damage, with BMW apparently being caught up in the controversy even though it has never advertised on her show.
As we reported previously, Ingraham’s show, “The Ingraham Angle,” became the target of an advertiser boycott after Ingraham locked horns with high schooler David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting who has become an advocate for gun safety. Ingraham’s fans then began boycotting advertisers who had dropped her show.
But apparently someone got the mistaken impression that BMW was one of those advertisers.
“In fact, the automaker hasn’t run any commercials on Fox News since last spring, when sexual harassment allegations against Bill O’Reilly resulted in an advertiser exodus and cost the longtime host his job,” Ad Age reports.
“The Ingraham Angle” was not yet on the air at that time — it did not premiere until last fall.
“That hasn’t stopped the Twittersphere from calling out BMW as one of the brands pulling its ads,” Ad Age reports. “CNN anchor Jake Tapper was one of those questioning BMW’s ‘decision’ to drop the show.”
Tapper sent out a tweet Monday in which he wrote: “The notion that BMW is boycotting anyone else is interesting.” His tweet linked to an article about BMW’s apology for World War II-era Nazi links, Ad Age notes.
A spokesman for BMW is quoted in the Ad Age story saying: “BMW of North America has never advertised on Fox News Channel’s ‘The Ingraham Angle.’ Any notion that BMW has decided to boycott ‘The Ingraham Angle’ is simply false.”
Even so, social media had plenty of people calling for a BMW boycott. Below is one example …