KKK Grand Wizard Fox News’ Tucker Carlson is facing an advertiser backlash over racist, anti-immigration comments he made last week when he said on his show that mass-immigration “makes our country poorer, and dirtier, and more divided.”
More than a dozen companies have abandoned Carlson’s
White Power Hour, er, show , either suspending or pulling their advertising. Those companies include:
- Land Rover
- Just For Men
- Smile Direct
- Pacific Life
- Nerd Wallet
- TD Ameritrade
- the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer card
Mighty white of them: All of the advertisers that left Tucker’s
Klan Rally, er, show moved their commercials to other shows on the network, a network spokesperson said. As a result, no revenue has been lost. We will note that depending on how Tucker’s White Like Me show is produced, it still could have a YUGE effect if his production company itself is starved for funds.
Anyway, I digress:
In a statement on Tuesday afternoon, a Fox News spokesperson said, “We cannot and will not allow voices like Tucker Carlson to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts from the likes of Moveon.org, Media Matters and Sleeping Giants.”
The Fox News spokesperson added, “While we do not advocate boycotts, these same groups never target other broadcasters and operate under a grossly hypocritical double standard given their intolerance to all opposing points of view.”
A few other companies have publicly said that they’ll continue sponsoring his show.
Reliable Sources morning email thingie (emboldening theirs):
Brian Lowry emails: It’s frankly embarrassing that Fox — and specifically whoever drafted its PR response — would refer to Tucker being “censored” by advertisers withdrawing from the program. Censorship has a very specific meaning, one that involves the government or an institution imposing limitations on speech. A company bowing to pressure from interest groups and pulling ads might be a lot of things — including, in the past, a preferred tactic of conservatives who have a beef with primetime series — but censorship isn’t one of them. It is, rather, an example of “free-market logic,” as WaPo’s Erik Wemple put it, which an enterprise with Fox’s editorial stance would clearly support in other circumstances. And in practical terms, trashing your own advertisers isn’t a great look…
But then again, those advertisers don’t look good for being there at all.