Social justice warriors picked a fight with the wrong conservative commentator when they went after Fox News host Tucker Carlson for suggesting that immigration is harmful to American interests.
Despite a growing display of outrage from advertisers who have been shamed into pulling their endorsements from Tucker Carlson Tonight, Fox News is standing by their all-star editorialist and refusing to budge in the face of a leftist smear campaign.
Carlson came under fire from progressive activists and Hollywood elitists for making supposedly controversial statements regarding immigration on his 8 p.m. show last week. “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.
Leftist millionaires like comedy director Judd Apatow were incensed by Carlson’s factually accurate statement — particularly with the Republican commentator’s claim that immigrants make the country “dirtier” — and quickly sprang into action demanding that advertisers boycott his show. Companies who obliged the Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin director included IHOP, Jaguar, Ancestry, TD Ameritrade, and Pacific Life.
The following companies pulled sponsorship of @TuckerCarlson bc he suggested immigration is harmful. That’s hate speech to the left. #StandWithTucker @IHOP @Jaguar @JustForMen @Bowflex @Ancestry @TDAmeritrade @smiledirectclub @scottevest @indeed @pacificlife @Minted
— Benjamin Baird (@BenjiBaird) December 19, 2018
Fortunately, calls to fire Carlson and end his show have been a remarkable failure. Fox News, America’s most-watched cable news outlet, defended Carlson in a statement to The Daily Wire:
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.
Attempts were made last month to bully and terrorize Tucker and his family at their home. He is now once again being threatened via Twitter by far-left activist groups with deeply political motives.
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.
Just last month, Carlson was targeted by an Antifa-backed group calling themselves Smash Racism DC who showed up at his Washington home, vandalizing his property and horrifying his family.
“Tucker Carlson, we are outside your home to protest,” a protester yelled. “Your policies promote hate, and we want you to know we know where you sleep at night.”
Mountains of trash and bottles of urine
But despite leftist outrage, Rupert Murdoch, Fox News Channel’s time-tested and battle-scarred executive chairman, would be foolish to abandon Carlson now. The network just capped off its best performance in primetime ratings in its 22-year history with 2.5 million total viewers and, for the third year in a row, finished as the most-watched cable news broadcast.
In fact, Tucker Carlson Tonight was the third-most-watched cable news show for the entire year, with nearly 3 million viewers. Only conservative host Sean Hannity outperformed him in ratings.
More importantly, though, Fox News and Carlson’s viewers should be standing beside him because his arguments were sound. Just ask the residents of Tijuana, Mexico how their city appeared in the aftermath of this month’s Central American migrant caravan.
Media reports described how the economic migrants completely disrespected their hosts, leaving behind “bottles of urine and mountains of trash.” Reporters captured the devastation:
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
Unfortunately, it’s not just these massive crowds that contribute to environmental degradation. Rosa P. Oakes of New York University compiled photos of the desert landscape used by illegal immigrants to trespass into U.S. territory along the porous southern Arizona border, and her work uncovered an otherwise pristine locale spoiled by careless human passage.
The left’s attempt to shame advertisers into silencing Carlson is nothing less than a despicable attempt at social censorship. Much like the president, Carlson is too big to fall prey to these machinations, and he will rebound more powerful than ever.