In the latest effort to drive popular Fox News prime time host Tucker Carlson off the airwaves, the Anti-Defamation League last week implored Fox Corporation to pull the pundit’s forthcoming series on the Jan. 6 Capitol unrest, labeling it “an abject, indisputable lie,” as Variety reports.
ADL head Jonathan Greenblatt wrote to Lachlan Murdoch, CEO of the network’s parent company urging him not to show the three-part series, Patriot Purge, which is scheduled to premiere Nov. 1 on the Fox Nation streaming platform and to part company with Carlson once and for all.
Greenblatt declared that his organization is “deeply concerned that the false narrative and wild conspiracy theories presented by Carlson will sow further division and has the potential to animate violence,” referring to the Fox News host’s exploration of the notion that the events of that fateful day were a “false flag” event engineered to smear conservatives.
In apparently deeming Carlson’s hypothesis off limits for public discussion, the ADL chief asked Murdoch in his letter, “Where is the line for you and Fox? How many more people need to die or how many more individuals must subscribe to groundless conspiracies before you say enough is enough?”
Not surprisingly, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), one of only two Republicans on the House select committee probing the Jan. 6 demonstrations, lashed out at the upcoming documentary, accusing the network of providing Carlson with “a platform to spread the same type of lies that provoked violence.”
Never one to back down from a fight, Carlson shot back at Cheney, saying, “This is not CNN. We work for Fox News. Our bosses don’t pull people off the air just because some screechy little politician doesn’t like what we say.”
Carlson added that he extended an invitation to Cheney to appear on his program to get their disagreements out in the open, but that she declined, prompting him to declare, “It turns out that Liz Cheney is not simply a liar, she is also a coward.”
Cheney’s fellow select committee member, the ever-emotional Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), also expressed his outrage that Carlson would dare explore the varied threads of inquiry promoted by the events of Jan. 6, saying on Twitter, “Anyone working for Fox News must speak out. This is disgusting. It appears Fox News isn’t even pretending anymore.”
The intensity of the protestations from the likes of Cheney, Kinzinger, and the ADL suggests that they all have something very serious to fear from an open investigation of Jan. 6 and may unintentionally ensure that millions of Americans will indeed tune in to see just what Carlson and his team can reveal.