Laura Ingraham gave a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference and defended the rights of all groups to state their ideology freely in social media, groups of which included far-right conservatives, according to Think Progress.
Her discussion of censorship was expanded to indirectly include the defense of Paul Nehlen, a prominent white supremacist, which became the crux of the failure to secure continued sponsorship support. The “Ingraham Angle” host also defended conservatives who were often censored by social media companies or shut down by the media if they “believed in border enforcement or believed in national sovereignty.”
After Ingraham’s public speech, companies began to pull their advertisements from her show on the Fox network. “We are reviewing our ad-buying policies to make sure they are in line with our values,” stated photo-printing service Fracture on why it decided to pull its sponsorship from Ingraham. Fox News denied that Ingraham referred to Nehlen in her talk, and stated that “anyone who watches Laura’s show knows that she is a fierce protector of freedom of speech and her intent was to highlight the trend of unilateral censorship in America,” read a statement from Fox regarding the matter. Ingraham did not comment.