Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz lectured Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday over his recent controversial remarks on immigration.
Although he said he disagreed with the way several companies chose to boycott “Tucker Carlson Tonight” by pulling their advertisements, Dershowitz took exception with the way the news anchor characterized mass illegal immigration as making the U.S. “dirtier.”
A stunning rebuke
“I hate boycotts and attempts to censor free speech,” Dershowitz explained to Carlson during the Wednesday edition of his program. “I’m in favor of complete dialogue but, as such, I feel compelled to tell you that I, with due respect, disagree with the way you categorize mass immigration.”
Dershowitz appeared on the 8 p.m. show to discuss Michael Flynn’s sentencing, though the topic quickly changed to more personal matters for Carlson.
Alan Dershowitz starts off his appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show by telling him he hates boycotts but, “I do disagree with the way you categorize mass immigration.”
He was on to discuss Mike Flynn sentencing pic.twitter.com/n5WhjqOycY
— Salvador Hernandez (@SalHernandez) December 20, 2018
Carlson, who co-founded the flourishing Daily Caller news publication in 2010, came under fire earlier this month for how he described illegal immigrants’ impact on American society. “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,” Carlson said, inviting an organized backlash from liberal corners.
The whole story
A self-described liberal Democrat who has nonetheless been an outspoken critic of the special counsel’s investigation of the Trump administration, Dershowitz believes that his host used a poor choice of words to describe the constant train of illegal immigrants who slip across the southern U.S. border.
“That’s OK,” Carlson responded. “I would expect that you would. We differ probably on a lot of issues.”
Carlson explained how his statement was taken out of context. His description of illegal immigrants followed a conversation with an official from Tijuana, Mexico who used similar language to describe the recent migrant train which left the city spoiled with heaps of garbage and human waste.
Journalists documented the aftermath of the migrant train’s visit to Tijuana:
Tons of trash and clothes left behind by #caravan #migrants at the #TijuanaBorder shelter this morning. #Mexico police moved most of them about 15 miles away from the border yesterday to a different camp @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/bU6tEyEeo0
— Kyle Rothenberg (@kylerothenberg) December 1, 2018
“I would never describe people as inherently dirty. I don’t think that they are. I’m pro-people. It’s one of the reasons I’m against abortion,” Carlson said, defending his statement to his respected guest.
Standing by their man
Fox News has also defended their star commentator, who hosts the second most-watched program on a lineup of successful evening broadcasts. “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 network wrote in a public press release.
“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,” the statement concluded.