Tucker Carlson’s show has been hit by an advertiser boycott, and it’s having a visible effect
By Oliver Darcy, CNN Business
Updated 3:11 PM ET, Thu December 20, 2018
New York (CNN Business)The advertiser boycott spearheaded by liberal organizations of Fox News host Tucker Carlson is starting to have a visible effect.
Carlson’s show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” was down from the normal five commercial breaks to four on Wednesday night — a clear sign the pressure campaign spearheaded by liberal activists is having its intended result.
In those four breaks, there were approximately 20 regular commercials, plus six advertisements for other Fox content. In the week before the boycott, Carlson’s program averaged 36 advertisements per show, not including commercials for Fox content, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Carlson prompted a backlash last week when he said on his show that mass immigration “makes our country poorer, and dirtier, and more divided.” He defended his comments in a segment earlier this week, showing images of trash at the US-Mexico border and arguing border crossers leave behind large amounts of “garbage and waste” as they make their way inside the country.
On Wednesday night’s show, Alan Dershowitz, the retired Harvard law professor who regularly appears as a guest on Fox News and other cable networks, confronted Carlson for his rhetoric during an unrelated segment on the latest developments about fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Dershowitz said he disliked advertiser boycotts, but that he felt “compelled” to tell Carlson that he disagreed with his comments and wish he “hadn’t used that language.”
Carlson pushed back against Dershowitz’s characterization of his comments, saying he is “pro-people” and “would never describe people as inherently dirty.”
Some people are too sacred to criticize, such as mentioning that illegal aliens tend to leave a lot of litter around.
The funny thing is that littering is very much socially constructed and with enough nurture, the propensity to litter can be socially engineered for the better. For example, the Don’t Mess with Texas campaign launched in 1984
seems to have been quite successful in getting male Texans to not throw beer cans out the windows of their pickups.
But illegal aliens are now so sacrosanct that their flaws, such as littering, are above reproach and anybody who does mention this tendency of theirs deserves deplatforming.
The Washington Post explains more:
Tucker Carlson accuses critics of ‘mischaracterizing’ his attack on immigrants. Uh, no.
By Erik Wemple, Media critic December 20 at 12:50 PM
Tucker Carlson appears committed to handing his advertisers cause to pull out of his Fox News program. A week ago, Carlson said that immigration makes the United States “dirtier,” not to mention poorer and more divided. The next day, Pacific Life, whose advertisement ran after the “dirtier” segment, announced it wouldn’t be advertising on the program pending a reevaluation.
On Monday, Carlson recommitted to the dirt narrative, citing trash left by immigrants near the southern border. Such insistence helped to intensify the campaign against him. At this point, about 20 companies have announced their withdrawal from advertising on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” a list that includes TD Ameritrade, Jaguar Land Rover, Pfizer and Samsung.
Then came last night. Legal eminence Alan M. Dershowitz surfaced on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” …
Dershowitz, as it turned out, had more pressing matters to address: “No, not at all. And I’ll get to that in a second. But Tucker, I just want to make one point. I hope you don’t mind me making it. … I hate boycotts and attempts — I hope — I hate boycotts and attempts to censor free speech. I’m in favor of complete dialogue. But as such, I feel compelled to tell you I do respect [but] disagree with the way you categorize mass immigration. That’s all. I just want to say that,” said Dershowitz.
After some idle chatter about the importance of speaking your mind, Dershowitz dug in a bit deeper: “I wish you hadn’t used that language. Language like that was used to describe my grandparents and great-grandparents and probably some of yours. So let’s move on,” said Dershowitz.
Ellis Island ancestor worship.
If I could try to reproduce Prof. Dershowitz’s chain of logic, it appear to go something like this: “Your ancestors were idiots to let my ancestors in. This is obvious to me because you used to be on top and now we’re on top. You won’t see my friend Bibi making that mistake in his country. So we feel that any criticism of new immigrants to America — especially empirically valid criticism, like pointing out that illegal aliens litter a lot — is more or less criticism of our great-grandparents. Sure, you thought you were criticizing Latinos for their littering in the present, but nobody cares about Latinos. In contrast, we really care about our great-grandparents. So, we feel like you might be implicitly criticizing our great-grandparents, or suggesting that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to let them in, and, even if you aren’t, we now have so much power that we can punish you for any ridiculously paranoid triple bankshot logic we feel like. Granted, you don’t actually realize how stupid it was of your ancestors to let my ancestors in, but that’s why you aren’t on top anymore. We always thinks like that, and thinking like that helped us get on top and it will probably help us stay on top, so we’re going to keep kicking you around for reasons that your people are probably too dumb to ever understand. And even if you do notice it, what are you going to do: Mention it? I don’t think so.”
At which point, Carlson proceeded to rearrange very recent history. He rewound to his Dec. 13 show and tried to add favorable context: “That was in the context of a conversation with an elected official in Tijuana about the filth … of his city and he was complaining about how dirty it had become, which was a byproduct of the policy decisions pushed by the American left and I noted …. There’s a lesson there perhaps for us. So I’m not — and I would never describe people as inherently dirty. I don’t think that they are. I’m pro-people. That’s one of the reasons I’m against abortion, strongly,” Carlson protested.
Dershowitz thanked him for clarifying. “I think it was clear and I think that the people who are mischaracterizing it are always welcome on the show to talk it through and to hear my side and I will hear their side because, again, this is one of the last forums in America for open conversation,” said Carlson.
Mischaracterizing? We ask because the Carlson comments from Dec. 13 weren’t terribly complex or context-dependent. Here’s the transcript from the very top of the show:
TUCKER CARLSON- HOST: Good evening and welcome to TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT. Here’s a funny thing that we noticed the other day. People debate all the time about mass immigration. What you never hear anybody do is make the economic case for mass immigration. And here’s why.
Our country’s economy is becoming more automated and tech-centered by the day, it’s obvious that we need more scientists and skilled engineers. But that’s not what we’re getting. Instead, we’re getting waves of people with high school educations or less. Nice people, no one doubts that. But as an economic matter, this is insane.
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 poor and dirtier and more divided.
The part about dirt squared with comments that Carlson had made in August: “I actually hate litter, which is one of the reasons I’m so against illegal immigration. Produces a huge amount of litter … and I mean that with all sincerity.”
Give this much to Carlson: He’s not prone to double-talk or equivocations. He speaks — and writes — with concision and strong, active verbs. It’s a style that leaves little room for mischaracterization. And that’s one of the reasons advertisers are deciding not to associate with his program.
So that proves it: Tucker Carlson is criticizing LITTERING, which is, as of this week, America’s Most Sacred Value.