Fox News host Tucker Carlson defended his comment about immigration that led to multiple companies pulling advertisements from his show. Carlson had said last week that immigration makes the U.S. “poorer and dirtier and more divided.”
“The left would very much like you to stop talking and thinking about bad decisions they’ve made over the years,” Carlson said at the beginning of his show on Monday. “’Shut up,’ they’re screaming, including to this show.”
“Obviously, we won’t and you shouldn’t either,” Carlson said.
The popular Fox News host devoted a segment of his show to doubling down on the comment, providing statistics to back up his claim that immigrants make the U.S. “dirtier.”
Four companies said they were pulling advertisements from Carlson’s show over last week’s comment. Advertisers with Carlson are facing pressure on social media to distance themselves from the show over Carlson’s promotion of rhetoric that critics are calling racist and white supremacist.
Tucker Carlson addresses the advertiser exodus, saying that “it won’t work for the show, we are not intimidated. We plan to say what’s true until the last day”
He then defends his remarks: “Thanks to immigration, huge swaths of the [Southwest] are covered with garbage and waste” pic.twitter.com/pSW00MnSNA
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) December 18, 2018
Three other companies, Farmers Inusrance, Mitsubishi and Bayer/Alka Seltzer, have said they will not pull their ads at this time.
“They want us just to mouth the empty platitudes,” Carlson said on Monday, referring to his critics. “Those who won’t shut up get silenced.”
“You’ve seen it a million times, it happens all the time: the enforcers scream ‘racist’ on Twitter until everybody gets intimidated and changes the subject to the Russia investigation or some other distraction,” Carlson continued.
“It won’t work with this show,” Carlson said. “We’re not intimidated. We plan to try to say what’s true until the last day.”
We spend a lot of time talking about the threat to free speech. It’s not an academic question. If they can force you to shut up, they will. Here’s their latest attempt. (PART 3) pic.twitter.com/TXiLJtoXzn
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) December 18, 2018
Carlson ended his segment by claiming “unregulated mass immigration has badly hurt this country’s natural landscape.” Then in the next segment, he tracked the amount of trash that migrants have left behind in deserts close to the Southern border.
Last year, Fox News ended their relationship with popular host Bill O’Reilly when advertisers abandoned it following reports that O’Reilly paid hefty settlements to numerous women accusing him of sexual harassment.
A Fox News spokesperson stood by Carlson in a statement: ”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. We continue to stand by and work with our advertisers through these unfortunate and unnecessary distractions,” the spokesperson said.
Credit: The Hill