The Anti-Defamation League is once again targeting Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson over his immigration-related on-air remarks.
According to The Hill, the group’s president, Jonathan Greenblatt, is calling on advertisers to boycott the “problematic” hosts and programs in an apparent effort to see Carlson lose his job.
“Literally a prompt to violence”
“Choose to pause or even pull your ads not just from problematic programs but altogether from networks that don’t respect all people or that repeat baseless conspiracies that endanger all of us,” Greenblatt said on Tuesday to a group representing the World Federation of Advertisers.
He went on to detail “how ugly” such rhetoric can be, “especially when it is repeated by someone with millions of viewers across the country,” adding that it is “also dangerous, literally a prompt to violence.”
According to Greenblatt, advertisers “are uniquely positioned to push these networks — whether mass media or social media — to do their utmost to ensure that hatred and conspiracy theories are not amplified.”
Carlson received criticism from the ADL and other organizations earlier this month over comments that were interpreted as a defense of the controversial “replacement theory,” suggesting that liberals are attempting to remake the American electorate by admitting an increased number of immigrants.
However, Carlson responded to Greenblatt’s earlier criticism by pointing out that the ADL has warned that the same thing could happen in Israel.
“Makes perfect sense”
“With historically high birth rates among the Palestinians, and a possible influx of Palestinian refugees and their descendants now living around the world, Jews would quickly become a minority within a bi-national state, thus likely ending any semblance of equal representation and protections,” the host said on April 12, quoting a previous ADL report.
Carlson continued, referencing the group’s conclusion that “the Jewish population would be increasingly politically — and potentially physically — vulnerable” under such a scenario,” determining that it “is unrealistic and unacceptable to expect the state of Israel to voluntarily subvert its own sovereign existence and nationalist identity and become a vulnerable minority within what was once its own territory.”
The host acknowledged that the ADL’s conclusion “makes perfect sense” from the perspective of Israel’s leaders.
“Why would any democratic nation make its own citizens less powerful?” Carlson asked. “Isn’t that the deepest betrayal of all?”
Former ADL President Abraham Foxman joined Fox Corp CEO Lachlan Murdoch and others in taking issue with his successor’s opinion, declaring: “Fox is not an anti-Semitic network. It is a lot of things, but it’s not an anti-Semitic network, and it’s certainly not an anti-Israel network.”
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