In the wake of comments made about immigrants on his show last week, 8 companies have pulled their ads from Tucker Carlson‘s Fox News show, according to various reports.
Bowflex, Indeed, Nerd Wallet, Voya Financial, United Explorer, Just for Men, Land Rover, IHOP, Ancestry.com, Minted, Smile Direct, Pacific Life, ScotteVest, and Zenni have all announced that they are withdrawing their advertising from Tucker Carlson Tonight. The announcements come on the heels of a long campaign by progressive activists to get advertisers to boycott the Fox host.
On Thursday night, Carlson said that mass immigration “makes our country poorer, and dirtier, and more divided.” Carlson doubled down on the comments the following Thursday night by showing images of trash at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that “huge swaths of the region are covered with garbage and waste” as a result of immigrant foot traffic.
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— Pacific Life (@pacificlife) December 14, 2018
Speaking to CNN, a Fox News spokesperson pointed to a previous statement which blamed the criticism on “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,” the statement read. “We continue to stand by and work with our advertisers through these unfortunate and unnecessary distractions.”
Carlson isn’t backing down.
“We’re not intimidated,” he wrote. “We plan to try to say what’s true until the last day. And the truth is, unregulated mass immigration has badly hurt this country’s natural landscape.”
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