Major Advertisers Flee FOX-Carlson-Pirro Bigotry
Advertisers are fleeing Fox News Channel shows featuring Tucker Carlson and Jeanine Pirro, after both hosts made racist and bigoted statements about a range of people, races and religions.
SHEEX, a bedding company, is one of several advertisers who are completely boycotting Carlson’s primetime show, according to The Washington Post.
SHEEX statement: “Due to the inappropriate statements of Tucker Carlson that have recently come to light, SHEEX has made the decision to cease advertising on his television program, ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’”
Pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca tweeted Monday that it had already stopped advertising on Carlson’s show and would not advertise there in the future.
This is the second round of Carlson’s show shedding advertisers. In December, more than 12 companies pulled advertisements from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” after Carlson said that immigration “makes our own country poorer and dirtier and more divided.”
Novo Nordisk, a pharmaceutical company, said it is “reevaluating” its ads on Pirro’s show. Novo Nordisk will keep advertising elsewhere on Fox News.
Pirro has already lost about four other advertisers completely after saying that Rep. Ilhan Omar couldn’t faithfully serve America because she wore a hijab and that meant she followed sharia law.
Other companies who are moving toward stopping advertisements on Pirro’s showsinclude NerdWallet, Botox manufacturer Allergan, health tech company GreatCall and Letgo, a website for buying and selling used goods.
“We absolutely condemn Ms. Pirro’s comments, which are offensive and completely contrary to our values,” Letgo told the Hollywood Reporter.
While Fox News did “condemn” Pirro’s comments, Carlson has continued with Fox’s support, with representatives from the media conglomerate directing reporters’ questions to Carlson’s own refusals to apologize.
Since the audios from 2006 through 2011 were released at the beginning of the week, Carlson has cast himself as a victim of “the great American outrage machine” and his conspiracy theory that powerful organizations are out to get him.
In reality, the finder of his disturbing rants on a Tampa-based radio show is 24-year-old Madeline Peltz, who works the night shift at Media Matters for America and lives in the basement of a house in D.C. with five other people, a few cats and a dog named Noodles.
One of her main duties during her shift is watching Carlson’s 8 p.m. show.
Peltz, after hours of watching Carlson’s show, described him as a “mouthpiece for white supremacy.” The young researcher then dug into his past and discovered his call-ins to Bubba the Love Sponge’s radio show.
“I’m not like some high-power-wielding globalist,” Peltz told The Washington Post. “I’m this kid who’s been on the Internet my whole life and knows how to get around it.”