It appears that Donald Trump and Fox News are doing themselves in. POTUS and the network have blasted holes in what America stands for. The words of these bomb-throwers torch the country’s values, freedoms, and even the Constitution. Now, they have begun to pay for their ugly words and actions.
The president has become embedded with the network, watching Fox for hours daily. POTUS prefers Fox to his own world-famous FBI and CIA. He uses hosts for feedback and to help create his fake reality. That relationship has begun to show cracks. from the outside in.
Fox News’ host of Justice with Jeanine Pirro attacked the freshman representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for her Muslim religion. The commentator said that since Omar wore a traditional hijab head covering, she was “Sharia-compliant.” Pirro’s advertisers balked. Already, she has lost three of them.
A Fox News spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter the network “strongly”…”absolutely condemn(s)” Pirro. However, even that statement could not stem the flow of advertisers bleeding out of the show:
‘(Pirro’s words) do not reflect those of the network.’
Letgo, an online marketplace for selling used items, also pulled its ads. A Letgo spokesperson said that Pirro’s words attacking Omar were “contrary to our values:”
‘We absolutely condemn Ms. Pirro’s comments, which are offensive and completely contrary to our values. We are in the process of ensuring our ads will no longer run during her show.’
The personal finance company NerdWallet pulled its advertising from both Pirro and another host Tucker Carlson. In December, he said immigration made the nation “dirtier.” NerdWallet responded:
‘We’re no longer advertising on this show and don’t have plans to in the future.’
Novo Nordisk advertised Ozempic, a diabetes medication, on Pirro’s show — until now. It is “pausing” its ads for now:
‘At Novo Nordisk, we advertise across many cable networks to raise awareness of our medicines and the disease they treat. We respect each person’s right to express their thinking and beliefs, however, we are reevaluating our advertising on this program at this time.’
Pirro released her own rebuttal adhering to the Donald Trump tactic: deny, deny, deny. She claimed that she never called Omar “un-American,” but invited the representative to be a guest on her show:
‘My intention was to ask a question and start a debate, but of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don’t support the Constitution.’
Host Tucker Carlson Tonight has been experience additional difficulties with his advertisers. They had seen published transcripts and audio recordings of Carlson’s highly offensive language during his radio show days from 2006 to 2011. A progressive advocacy group, Media Matters, made them available.
One of Carlson’s top advertisers, SHEEX, also pulled its ads. The bedding and sleepwear company broke ties with the Fox host saying:
‘Our advertising placement should never be construed as an endorsement of the views of any individual, program content, or network. However, 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.’
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