Sinclair commentator quits after threatening to assault David Hogg

Casey Dawson
April 11, 2018

Jamie Allman tweeted the message March 26, joining the growing list of conservative media figures insulting or threatening Hogg, who has joined several Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School classmates in a nationwide campaign for stronger gun control.

Allman had, for years, hosted his own opinion and commentary show on St. Louis' ABC affiliate, KDNL-TV, called The Allman Report, as well as a radio show on local conservative talk radio station KFTK.

Allman also has a radio show on FM Newstalk 97.1, which is owned by Entercom. iMediaEthics wrote to 97.1 to ask if Allman is still employed there.

"We have accepted Mr. Allman's resignation, and his show has been canceled", a spokesman for Sinclair told The Washington Post and other outlets.

After the threat gained national attention, many advertisers said they would stop advertising on Allman's show.

Several businesses pulled advertising from Allman's shows after he sent the March 26 tweet targeting David Hogg, who has strongly advocated for stricter gun control since 17 people were killed in the February 14 mass shooting at his school in Parkland, Florida.

Ingraham opened her program, "The Ingraham Angle", with a 10-minute monologue about the "squelching of free speech" by the left and deemed such efforts "Stalinist, pure and simple".

Was Hogg surprised to hear Allman's comments, given that they came from a professional broadcaster and not an anonymous troll?

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Sinclair is a conservative-leaning company that owns almost 200 local TV stations, making it one of the largest such companies in the U.S.

In the days following, multiple companies announced they would pull their adds from the show. She returns to the air Monday night.

Hogg responded by suggesting that people offended by Ingraham's remark contact her advertisers.

"It's time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children", Hogg wrote.

"I'm amazed at the outcry", Newman said Monday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Allman's Twitter account is now "locked", which means anyone who wants to see his tweets first has to request his permission to follow him. Accusations against the company over a perceived conservative bend in coverage and content received more fuel recently when a video showing dozens of anchors at Sinclair stations reading the same mandated script attacking media bias and "fake stories", a favorite trope of President Donald Trump, went viral.

Sinclair Broadcast Group did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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