The scourge of far-left cancel culture routinely sets its sights on conservative media personalities, but one popular primetime host who seems to attract more liberal ire than most is once again at the center of controversy.
As Breitbart reports, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt has redoubled his calls for Fox News to fire Tucker Carlson for allegedly promoting “white supremacist and extremist ideology” via commentary offered on air last week.
The controversy erupted as a result of a segment on Fox News Primetime in which Carlson discussed Biden administration immigration policies and the motivations behind them with guest host Mark Steyn. In criticizing preferential treatment being afforded to illegals that effectively incentivizes their arrival, Carlson said:
This matters on a bunch of different levels, but on a basic level, it is a voting rights question. IN a democracy, one person equals one vote. If you change the population, you dilute the political power of the people who live there. So every time they imported new voters, I become disenfranchised as a current voter.
In apparent anticipation of the firestorm his comments might unleash, Carlson added, “Everyone wants to make a racial issue out of it. ‘Oh, the white replacement theory.’ No, this is a voting rights question. I have less political power because they’re importing a brand new electorate. Why should I sit back and take that?”
In an appearance on CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday, Greenblatt seized upon Carlson’s remarks that made passing reference to the “great replacement theory” to claim that the Fox News host “has a history of sanitizing stereotypes and of spreading this kind of poison.” He also asserted that, in essence, Carlson was promoting the “great replacement theory…a toxic idea that there are a cabal of Jews plotting to overrun the country with immigrants, Muslims, and Black people and commit what they call white genocide,” despite the fact that the host specifically disclaimed that concept.
The ADL head continued in his quest for Carlson’s ouster, stating that “the question is really from Fox management to the Fox board, to Fox shareholders, how could they countenance their network being used to mainstream the most violent and toxic ideas,” as Breitbart noted.
Greenblatt’s comments came on the heels of a letter he sent earlier in the week to Suzanne Scott, Fox News Channel CEO in which he demanded the dismissal of the popular primetime host, arguing that his “rhetoric was not just a dog whistle to racists – it was a bullhorn,” and that “given his long record of race-baiting, we believe it is time for Carlson to go.”
Carlson has long been a favorite target of liberal boycott efforts, from a 2018 initiative to see him removed from the air over remarks suggesting that mass immigration makes the country “poorer and dirtier and more divided,” and a 2019 push for his firing after ill-advised comments about women made on a shock jock radio program years prior came to light, among other efforts at cancellation from those on the left who wish to silence his viewpoints.
Given that Carlson’s March ratings made it the most-watched cable news show in the country, and he has also just launched a new program on the network’s Fox Nation streaming service, it seems highly unlikely that he will be dismissed from his duties anytime soon, no matter how loudly the braying leftist horde protests.