A Sinclair TV and radio host resigned and had his show canceled Monday after he tweeted a violent threat against Parkland survivor David Hogg, and advertisers pulled out of the show.
“When we kick their ass, they all like to claim we're drunk,” Jamie Allman, who hosted a nightly news show called “The Allman Report” on Sinclair-owned KDNL in St. Louis, as well as a morning-radio talk show, tweeted last month. “I've been hanging out getting ready to ram a hot poker up David Hogg's ass tomorrow. Busy working. Preparing.”
Allman did not respond to a request for comment and his Twitter has been turned to private. It isn’t clear what the message was in response to, or who was claiming he was drunk, but Allman’s comments resulted in an advertiser his Sinclair-owned ABC affiliate show to be cancelled.
BuzzFeed News reported that Allman later deleted the tweet, but screenshots recently spread across Twitter, which led to the backlash that prompted advertisers to leave his show and, eventually, to its cancellation.
“We have accepted Mr. Allman’s resignation, and his show has been canceled,” a Sinclair spokesman told The Washington Post.
Allman’s conservative FM news-talk radio show still appears to be on air, but he was absent from the Tuesday morning show. Jeff Allen, the program director of Allman’s morning radio show, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Hogg did not immediately return a request for comment, but he did respond to a tweet from MSNBC’S Joy Reid, who called the attacks on Hogg “officially out of control.”
“He’s a kid, people. A kid,” Reid tweeted on Monday. “All the MSD students and their allies in the #NeverAgain movement are CHILDREN. Smart, savvy, highly effective yes, but still KIDS. What is wrong with people???”
Hogg responded by attempting to turn the attention away from himself.
“I wish they would actually focus on what matters here like the 4 kids shot in #LibertyCity recently or simply the people that die across America everyday due of gun violence,” Hogg tweeted.
Allman’s tweet came just two days before Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham criticized Hogg for his lack of college prospects, and then faced an advertiser backlash of her own.
Hogg answered Ingraham's criticism by tweeting out a list of her biggest advertisers, and encouraging his followers to boycott them — many of the advertisers dropped out that day and others have followed, including Nestle, Wayfair and TripAdvisor.
Ingraham later tweeted an apology, took a weeklong break from her show and returned on Monday night to attack “the bullies on the left aiming to silence conservatives.”
Hogg and his classmates, many of whom have become vocal activists in favor of gun control reform, have been receiving overtly personal criticism since the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas mass school shooting. The attacks got considerably more aggressive after they planned and appeared at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.
Since then, someone created a new website, HoggWatch.com, that specifically targets negative news about Hogg — and there’s a shockingly large amount of content on the site.
Hogg has been compared to Hitler Youth by Minnesota Republican Rep. Mary Franson and right-wing media outlets like Breitbart, Infowars, and Bill Mitchell. Hogg, along with many of his peers, have also fallen victim to conspiracy theories alleging that they are paid actors pretending to be grieving teenagers.
Cover image: Jamie Allman, host of the Allman Report and Allman in the Morning, left, and Steven Church, Executive Producer at KDNL ABC 30, St. Louis, perform a live shot using their "Heat Phone", a red phone spoof they use to take viewer comments at the 2016 NFL Owners meeting at the Westin Houston, Houston, January 12, 2016:. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)