How Parkland student David Hogg beats his critics

How Parkland student David Hogg beats his critics

This is David Hogg. Press secretary for March for Our Lives. He’s a survivor of the Parkland massacre, and he’s become one of the most recognizable
faces in the movement for gun control. He’s also probably one of the most vilified
people in right-wing media right now. It’s literally been about six weeks, and I’m already being compared to Hitler. Google Hogg’s name and you’ll find sites accusing
him of being a crisis actor, an FBI plant, a brainwashed hate-monger, a fascist. I can’t really even think of the top five because there’s about 50 million. If I experienced even a fraction of that, I would collapse into a puddle of soy milk. But rather than crumbling under the pressure, Hogg and his friends have flourished, keeping their cause in the national spotlight while repeatedly dunking on their critics. So, David, The guy, is it David Hogg? He started off as this balanced, nice kid. He’s just now become a real bomb thrower. Someone like this I think isn’t helping the
conversation. To David six weeks ago, I would say get some more coffee and get an external charger. You’re going to need it. It’s kind of hard to believe, but just a few months ago, David Hogg was a typical nerdy high school
kid. A debater, his school’s news director, an amateur video producer. And like any good nerd journalist, Hogg knew a bit about the right-wing fever
swamp. Before all of this, I did know who Alex Jones
was. I did know who Laura Ingraham was. Well, actually, I didn’t know who Laura was. But I did know who Alex Jones was because of all the insane things that he said to the Sandy Hook survivors. That background ended up coming in handy. After the Parkland shooting, Hogg and his
friends became central figures in the debate over
gun control. And that made them prime targets for the right-wing smear machine. Forgive me if I don’t want a lesson on the Second Amendment from a 16-year-old. You’re too immature to carry a firearm, you’re too immature to make policy. What a conceited, arrogant know-it-all. It’s hard not to just go after this kid. Authoritarianism is always about youth marches. These poor children, they have no soul. Hogg is funded by George Soros, a literal Nazi collaborator. Honestly, I figured a lot more of our attacks would be against our policies, not really
against me. The most notable of these have been the conspiracy theories. On social media, right-wing conspiracy theories going viral about David Hogg. Falsely accused survivor David Hogg of being
a crisis actor. That video was viewed more than 200,000 times before it was taken down. And when I ask Hogg about those, he’s visibly frustrated. I literally interviewed people in the school during the shooting thinking I was going to
fucking die. I don’t know how else to prove to these people that I was there, because I was. This is how the right-wing smear machine works: by bombarding the target with a flood of ridiculous but inflammatory personal attacks. Victims can either ignore the smears and risk becoming defined by them, or they can try to respond, burning a ton of time and energy trying to keep up with each new attack. Either way, the target’s original message
gets lost. It’s like a never-ending game of bullshit
whack-a-mole. No matter what I show, it’s always going to
be, “Oh, that’s false.” Or, “Oh, that…” It’s insane. You can see the toll that trying to keep up with all this stuff has taken on Hogg. But then something happens. Hogg catches himself. And for the rest of the interview, he’s
way more relaxed. They’ve gone from saying that I wasn’t at
the school at the time to saying that I’m a crisis actor to saying that I’m a 27-year-old that has
a facelift to saying that I’m actually 135 years old
and that I’m a, like, shape-shifting lizard, essentially. I mean, I don’t know about you guys, but last time I checked, getting a facelift doesn’t make your acting career any better. So. That moment, that “breathe,” is really important. Hogg realizes he’s getting caught up in the
bullshit and decides not to take the bait. I’m a debate kid, and I’ve always been made
fun of throughout my life. I’m used to it, and a lot of us are too, sadly. Yeah, I feel that. If you continue to pursue whatever path they’re leading you down, which is a dead
end, it’s going to end up distracting you and draining your resources, and you don’t need that. Instead of playing whack-a-mole, the Parkland students have chosen to pick
their battles, engaging their trolls strategically. One of the most notable ways they do this
is through humor. Some of them called you actors. Well, I am an actor, actually. I’m in Spring Awakening right now. We just joke around a lot, and that’s how we’re dealing with a lot of this and kind
of coping in some weird way. Look at the Twitter feeds of many of the Parkland
survivors and you’ll find them using humor to respond
to their critics, turning smears and conspiracy theories into
jokes that get them thousands of retweets. At this point, it’s just, it’s so stupid. It is funny for all of us to witness the ridiculousness
of the situation. Laughing it off is a coping mechanism, for
sure. But Hogg says it’s also a good PR move. Laughing it off is great because it keeps
you in the news more. Not only do you get a laugh but your followers
get a laugh, and you get a follow too. Laughing it off also works because it lets students respond to their critics without giving them too much credit. When you’re laughing, you’re showing that
you don’t care, and it makes people realize how ridiculous
these individuals are, because they’re only going to be taken seriously if you take them seriously. That approach works well when you’re dealing with fringe commentators like Alex Jones, people who are already ripe for mockery. I don’t want to see him kissing goblins. Having political succubus with goblins. Ingratiating goblins. But sometimes the troll isn’t some fringe
person you can laugh at. Sometimes it’s the host of a major television
talk show, like Fox News’s Laura Ingraham, who in March decided to mock Hogg on Twitter for getting turned down by a few colleges. In cases like that, Hogg responds a little
differently. I was actually sitting at dinner with my sister, and I was thinking about it for a minute. My friends have responded plenty; maybe I
just should lay off. And then I’m like, “Mmm, I’m too petty for that.” Hogg responded by tweeting a list of Laura
Ingraham’s advertisers, and before long, he had tens of thousands
of retweets. What’s the one thing that’s common in all
conflict? Economics. What does Laura care about more than anything? Her $4 million salary. Within 24 hours, major advertisers had yanked their ads from Ingraham’s show. Ingraham publicly apologized “in the spirit
of Holy Week.” And Hogg got another round of earned national media coverage for his cause. What I want to get on from is the negativity
in this situation, and I want to focus on what’s ahead for our
movement. You don’t need to go after these people personally because that’s just immature, and that’s what they’re trying to do to you. Go after their advertisers and them making
money. This is a David-and-Goliath story. It appears David has won. Before we ended our interview, I asked Hogg what advice he’d give to other
activists, especially students, who might find themselves in the crosshairs of the right-wing smear machine. Whenever somebody calls you a dick or whatever, just say, “I love you,” honestly. That’s what this world needs. We don’t need anybody else being super mean
to each other like Laura was to me or anybody else. Point out the few that are just absolutely
ridiculous, and after that, people will start fighting
for you because you shouldn’t have to, obviously. Yeah, they shouldn’t. It is deeply disturbing that teenagers who survived a mass shooting have to worry about how to deal with this stuff. But under the weight of intense media attention
and pressure, these students are putting on a master class in how to deal with bullies.

100 thoughts on “How Parkland student David Hogg beats his critics

  1. Parkland students want change on guns, but what about other students? We asked and recorded the responses:

  2. To be fair, he really doesn't know what he is talking about. Just because he gets "bullied" doesn't mean he's right.

  3. David Hogg wants gun control. But his dad and the FBI work so hard to keep progressives out of office

  4. Let’s be real if you haven’t shot guns or if you don’t understand Guns you should be apart of the gun debate

  5. It is a BOLD FACED LIE that he is a parkland survivor. He stayed home that day and went to school with a camera when he heard about the news

  6. He says not to be mean when this is the person who says that anyone who doesn't agree with him on policy likes seeing kids get shot

  7. Lol at the like-to-dislike ratio on this video. Poor Vox! They’re having a hard time achieving “progressive gate keeping” while also staying profitable

  8. The policy is immoral independent of the person saying it. The smear was the story because his policy was lackluster and boring and ineffective.

  9. Has he said anything about policy? normally you beat people with policy. I would actually like to hear some.

  10. What happened to the supposed video he took at school? Anyone have the link?

    Some hard hitting softball questions here. I'm more curious about the thing with his dad being in the FBI, and how he's the one who managed to grab the spotlight out of the whole school

  11. “This is how the right wing smear machine works…”

    Interesting, sounds a lot like how the left wing smear machine works…

    If everyone opened their minds and understood that there’s more than one way of thinking and journeyed a little bit closer to the middle, we’d be a lot better off…

  12. Please STOP with the lies. Dabod Hogg is not a school shooting survivor…he has admitted he wasn't there. He has said he was on his bike NOT in school.

  13. Thanks… I forgot to renew my NRA membership and get some more .22LR's for plinking tomorrow.

  14. This really shows how hypocritical the media is, so many right-wing politicians have been flooded with these hateful names, yet the one time it happens to someone on the left, people go crazy.


  16. y'all In the comments making of this kid. Y'all probably went to Arkansas St. This kid is going to Harvard.

  17. Hope he has grown up since then…?

    "Pick your battles" you said it yourself!!

    Let's not debate or even converse with anyone on the right with facts and true statistics.. old news I know

  18. David, I'm sooooo proud of you! I'm an old fart, but here's my take: "OK people (yeah, I’m talking to you)… NOW is the time to let your VOTE be heard. DO NOT be persuaded by any BS. Have you not had enough? Do you want 4 more years of Trump’s nastiness, bellowing, and BS???? If not (and I’m counting on you), you gotta VOTE VOTE VOTE your conscious. If you don’t… it’s SSDD… Same Stuff–Different Day. True, “I am the oppressor of the person I condemn”, but this is a not how we want to portray our beloved United States of America in 2020!!!!"

  19. So instead of confronting those you disagree with you just try to silence and ruin them. It is off limits to call people names, but destroying careers, shaming, and silencing is OK?

  20. We do have a lot of gun control already and it doesn't work…. states with strict gun law have more crimes than states like texas… why… and all the mass shootings… psych meds are involved but never mentioned…. why

  21. I love politics because they'll be the end of the human species. Cheers to all those others waiting for the nukes to be dropped 🍷

  22. Great video – great young man – Laugh lightly with love – at those – who know not what they do – for they are in desperate need for love and God

  23. Anyone who gets rich and famous off the backs of dead kids is a disgusting human being. David Hogg is the lowest form.

  24. Spooooo here we are again today, Broken hearted,,more ki!!ings since PARKLAND,ZERO done .Let's s
    L get together and vote these cr heads ….OUT 2020 !

  25. David, I'm glad your out there speaking for young people of the country. You are on the right side of history not the wrong side!

  26. Looking back, none of the smears have come true (what a shock…). And good to see that David and the rest of Parkland kids haven't given up their cause.

  27. He's smart, very. Normally that's reason enough to be hated by mean, ignorant people. Luckily, he's also strong. Very.

  28. David Hogg told 3 completely different and distinct stories of what happened that day!, 1. He rode his bike to school when he heard that the shooting happened 2. He was at school when it happened and was saved by a janitor 3. He sheltered in place in a closet and his recording was off on the time

  29. The CBS news show when he lived in Redondo Ca has been edited. He lived in Ca just 5 months prior and went to Redondo Beach HS

  30. If gun owners really wanted to be respected by people advocating for gun control, they would stand up and defend gun victims from these sorts of smears.

  31. No he is not a survivor. His first interview he said he was not in school. He was texted about the shooting. Rode his bike t to school and and started interviewing.

  32. I think these LBGT members are awesome representatives for the Democratic Party. DAVID for president! His charm, charisma, intelligence is fabulous. Fab u lous

  33. He is one of my heroes . I am marching with them in spirit. I have been an activist since 81 and been called everything myself.. The youth are awake. To many of my generation has sold out!! Alex Jones is a basket case that seriously needs help!!!

  34. 2nd amendment reads
    "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

    Arms aka weapons not tools for hunting WEAPONS

    And its "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED" not "it can be changed if you have a good reason"

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