Fox News Equates Tucker Carlson Ad Boycott With Protest Outside His House: He’s ‘Once Again Being Threatened’

The network also called out Media Matters and Sleeping Giants by name in their latest statement.

With more than a dozen companies now having pulled their ads from Tucker Carlson Tonight following Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s saying Thursday night that immigration makes the United States “poorer and dirtier,” the network released a new statement on Tuesday afternoon blasting several liberal organizations for spearheading the boycott while equating it to the protest outside Carlson’s home last month.

“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,” read the official statement provided to Contemptor.

Progressive activist Jordan Uhl, who works for MoveOn.org, has taken the lead along with liberal group Sleeping Giants in contacting advertisers about their relationships with Tucker’s program. Media Matters first spotlighted the inflammatory comments on Thursday night, with senior researcher Andrew Lawrence noting Pacific Life was the lead sponsor of the segment. (Pacific Life was the first to suspend their relationship with Tucker Carlson Tonight.)

Fox News also invoked the protest outside Carlson’s Washington home last month by left-wing activists. That protest resulted in a police investigation as one of the protesters spraypainted an anarchy symbol on Carlson’s driveway. It has also been reported that Fox News has boycotted Twitter due to the social media platform’s slow response to removing tweets and videos that doxxed Carlson and others.

“Attempts were made last month to bully and terrorize Tucker and his family at their home,” the network added in the statement. “He is now once again being threatened via Twitter by far left activist groups with deeply political motives.”

Fox News concluded, “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 network also confirmed to Contemptor that all advertisers that have pulled their ads from Tucker’s show have moved those commercials to other Fox News shows and that no revenue has been lost by the network.

Uhl responded to the statement by calling it “desperate” and pushed back against Fox’s complaint that the groups “never target other broadcasters,” pointing out that “if Chris Hayes goes on TV tonight and says immigrants make America “poorer and dirtier” I fucking promise you I’ll go after his advertisers just as hard.”

Sleeping Giants, a progressive campaign group that has previously gone after Breitbart’s advertisers, tweeted out that the statement was “deeply fucked up.”

They further noted that they “ask advertisers what they support” and the companies decide for themselves, adding that if Fox doesn’t like advertisers leaving “perhaps you should look at yourselves first instead of blaming the exodus on a ‘smear campaign’.”

Media Matters president Angelo Carusone also tweeted out a response to Fox’s statement. (Actually, several responses.)

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Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.

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