The right-wing propaganda network known as FOX News Channel (FNC) is currently under the gun. A New Yorker article revealed the network was indeed a pro-Trump outlet that played a role in delivering the 2016 presidential election to him. The Democratic Party has responded by refusing to hold debates on the channel. But two recent comments by FOX News pundits Jeanine Pirro and Tucker Carlson confirm liberals’ worst fears about the network.
Pirro recently made a bigoted comment directed at Wisconsin Rep. Ilhan Omar.
“Omar wears a hijab,” said Pirro. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”
During the Bubba the Love Sponge interview, Carlson bashed women, gays and people of color — the racist trifecta. But the worst comments were about the Iraq war. “Iraq is a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys — that’s why it wasn’t worth invading,” he said.
On Monday Trish Regan, a FOX Business spokesmodel, called Omar “anti-American.”
FNC rebuked Pirro for the comment, but they didn’t fire her. But a few days later liberal watchdog Media Matters dug up comments Carlson, the network’s no. 1 Neo-Nazi, had made on Bubba the Love Sponge, a shock jock radio show. During the calls, Carlson revealed why he’s currently a white supremacist pin-up boy. White nationalists, like The Daily Stormer, refer to him as “our guy” and say he’s required watching. During the Bubba the Love Sponge interview, Carlson bashed women, gays and people of color — the racist trifecta.
But the worst comments were about the Iraq war.
“Iraq is a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys — that’s why it wasn’t worth invading,” he said.
Although Carlson’s comments were made between 2006 and 2011, they’re not far from what he now says on FNC. More recently Carlson, has shed his preppy skin and revealed his true identity. Nowadays, he rants about immigrants making America “dirtier” and complains about America’s changing demographics. Comments which are aped by Laura Ingraham, a second generation neo-Nazi.
Carlson’s comments have already led to an advertiser boycott. However, if FNC was a real network, both Carlson and Pirro would have been fired a long-time ago. But since FNC operates in an alternate reality, they’re both still employed. ON FNC making racist, sexist and bigoted comments doesn’t get you fired, it gets a nudge and a wink.
Bill O’Reilly was still employed with the network, even after he settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with producer Andrea Mackris for $9 million in 2004. Court documents also revealed he beat his wife in front of his daughter and dragged her down the stairs, but he still kept his job.
O’Reilly had the top-rated show on the network, and founder Roger Ailes was willing to keep writing checks as long as he was bringing in the money. Plus Ailes was guilty of sexual harassment himself. The network finally fired O’Reilly after he was caught in another round of sexual harassment. But this was during the flood of sexual harassment charges motivated by Gretchen Carlson coming forward in 2016.
Tucker Carlson doesn’t look like he’s going to go willingly either. In the Trump era, white nationalist rhetoric is in the ascendancy. And both Carlson and Pirro seem to be taking a leaf out of the Trump playbook, by refusing to apologize for their comments.
Tucker Carlson has defended his comments by saying he won’t submit to the PC crowd.
“Fox News is behind us as they have been since the very first day,” said Carlson. “Toughness is a rare quality in a TV network and we are grateful for that. Second, we’ve always apologize when we’re wrong and we will continue to do that or that’s what decent people do, they apologize. But we will never bow to the mob.”
And he’s right. This is who FOX News is — racist, sexist and bigoted. Liberals, like me, have known this for a while. Carlson’s comments show that FOX News wants to go back to a time where white men were allowed to do and say anything they want.
This quote from poet Dr. Maya Angelou best sums up the situation, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.”