Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show is experiencing an advertiser walkout after liberal activists organized a boycott of the program following remarks the host made about immigrants. So far, at least sixteen major advertisers have stopped running their spots on the show. And while we can argue all day long about the unfairness of it all, or corporate America’s cowardice, or the left’s refusal to tolerate different points of view, the bottom line is that a sponsorship boycott is effective. And both Carlson and Fox News have to be wondering when the bleeding will stop.
The problem, as it were, began with a monologue Carlson delivered last week, where he accused top Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer of being less than honest about the many issues surrounding an unrestrained immigration policy.
“We have a moral obligation to admit the world’s poor, they tell us, even if it makes our own country poorer and dirtier and more divided,” he said. “Huddled masses yearning to breathe free? Nope, cynical shakedown artists who have been watching too much CNN.”
After a weekend’s worth of controversy, Carlson maintained his position on the show Monday.
“The left says we have a moral obligation to admit the world’s poor,” he reiterated. “Even if it makes out own country more like Tijuana is now, which is to say poorer and dirtier and more divided. That’s what we said. It’s true. But precisely because it is so obviously true, saying it out loud is a threat.”
Carlson couldn’t be more right on this issue – ask the Mexicans protesting in Tijuana, where thousands of caravan migrants have set up camp. Are those Mexicans “racist” against Central Americans? Now what sense would that make? But under the political correctness rules of protection, not even Mexicans have the right to decry the invasion. And a white guy on Fox News? Forget about it.
The network has thus far remained steadily supportive of its primetime host, saying in a statement that it “cannot and will not” allow left-wing activist groups to determine what is and isn’t allowed on their channel.
“It is a shame that left wing advocacy groups, under the guise of being supposed ‘media watchdogs’ weaponize social media against companies in an effort to stifle free speech,” a network spokesperson said. “We continue to stand by and work with our advertisers through these unfortunate and unnecessary distractions.”
So far, major companies like Pacific Life, Bowflex, Indeed.com, and Ancestry.com have yanked their sponsorship of the show.
Whether this stands a temporary setback or a major blow to Carlson’s ad dollars remains to be seen. But it is one more example of how the left will mobilize in an instant to shut down speech they don’t want to hear.
Even if they weren’t listening in the first place.