Fox News personality Tucker Carlson is once again under fire from his progressive critics, but the network continues to stand behind him.
In a statement responding to the Anti-Defamation League’s call for the top-rated host to be fired, Fox Corp CEO Lachlan Murdoch made it clear that he continues to defend Carlson.
The backlash stemmed from Carlson’s recent appearance on Fox News Primetime, where he discussed the theory that Democrats are attempting to fundamentally reshape the nation’s electorate.
“The left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term ‘replacement,’ if you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate of voters now casting ballots with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World,” Carlson acknowledged, according to USA Today.
Nevertheless, the Fox host argued that “they become hysterical because that’s what’s happening actually.”
The remarks led to a call from the head of the ADL for Carlson to be fired. In a tweet, Jonathan Greenblatt accused Carlson of pushing the “replacement theory,” which he described as “a white supremacist tenet that the white race is in danger by a rising tide of non-whites.”
He went on to claim that the “antisemitic, racist, and toxic” theory “has informed the ideology of mass shooters in El Paso, Christchurch, and Pittsburgh.”
“Skates close to the edge”
In reply to Greenblatt’s conclusion that “Tucker must go,” Murdoch responded with a statement noting that, during the segment, Carlson actually “decried and rejected replacement theory.”
The New York Sun published an editorial defending Carlson and praising his network boss for standing up to the ADL.
“We don’t mind saying that, for our taste, Mr. Carlson sometimes skates close to the edge,” the editorial stated. “He may yet get into trouble. We don’t worry about him as much, though, as we do about his competitors on the left.”
The op-ed went on to laud Murdoch “for his refusal to bow to a demand that he fire Tucker Carlson.”
The Fox host has also received support from the Coalition for Jewish Value, which issued a letter signed by 1,500 traditional orthodox rabbis that insisted Greenblatt “grossly misplaced charges of antisemitism.”