Tucker Carlson defended by Fox News executives after ADL calls on network to fire him

Fox News host Tucker Carlson was recently targeted by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) over comments he made during an appearance on another Fox News show in which the ADL claims were thinly-veiled references to “replacement” theory.

According to The Hill, the ADL penned a letter to Fox News brass demanding that Carlson be fired from the network for his statements, which they apparently took out of context, as Lachlan Murdoch, Fox Corp.’s executive chairman and CEO, made clear in a response to the group, saying that Carlson clearly rejected the idea of “White replacement” and defended the network’s highest-rated host. 

Carlson made the controversial remarks during an appearance on “Fox News Primetime” as he spoke about the types of immigration policy currently supported by the Democratic party.

“A full review of the guest interview indicates that Mr. Carlson decried and rejected replacement theory,” Murdoch wrote in his response to the ADL. “As Mr. Carlson himself stated during the guest interview, ‘White replacement theory? No, no, this is a voting rights question.'”

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt disputed the notion that Carlson was rejecting the controversial theory.

“Mr. Carlson’s attempt to at first dismiss this theory, while in the very next breath endorsing it under cover of ‘a voting rights question,’ does not give him free license to invoke a white supremacist trope,” Greenblatt wrote, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The ADL came up with a list of other references that Carlson has made in the past which they claim are grounds for the network to dismiss him, including the time when Carlson reportedly blamed immigration for making America “poorer, and dirtier, and more divided.”

For now, it appears as if Carlson is not in any jeopardy of losing his position as the number one show on Fox News, as top-level executives have publicly defended him from calls that he should be fired. Undoubtedly, groups like the ADL and others will continue to force the network to cancel Carlson because of his viewpoints, because sadly, that’s just where we’re at in 2021.