Fox News host Tucker Carlson is at the middle of a controversy which has already resulted in at least one advertiser pulling commercials from his show.
As the Washington Examiner reports, insurance company Pacific Life has pulled an advertisement from Fox News after Carlson said immigration can make the United States “poorer, and dirtier, and more divided.”
“We strongly disagree with Mr. Carlson’s statements,” Pacific Life said in a statement uploaded to social media.
“One of our ads appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show last night following a segment where Mr. Carlson made a number of statements regarding immigration,” the statement continued. “Our customer base and our workforce reflect the diversity of our great nation, something we take great pride in. We will not be advertising on Mr. Carlson’s show in the coming weeks as we reevaluate our relationship with his program.”
Carlson’s comment came amid a rant on immigration in which he claimed allowing meritless immigration could lead to negative effects, something he claims liberal politicians were ignoring.
“[A]s an economic matter, this is insane,” Carlson said, per the Washington Examiner. “It’s indefensible, so nobody even tries to defend it. Instead, our leaders demand that you shut up and accept this. 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.”
Fox News responded to the backlash by calling it “unfortunate and unnecessary.” They also said they were standing by Carlson amid the comment and attributing the loss of the advertiser to “left-wing advocacy groups.”
“It is a shame that left-wing advocacy groups, under the guise of being supposed ‘media watchdogs,’ weaponize social media against companies in an effort to stifle free speech,” Fox News said in their statement. “We continue to stand by and work with our advertisers through these unfortunate and unnecessary distractions.”
The comments started a feud over Twitter where some critics, as Fox News claimed, were pushing for more advertisers to pull their commercials and subsequent financial support for the show:
Some others stood by Carlson amid the comment and controversy: