Every Saturday at 9:00 pm, nearly two million viewers tune in to watch “Justice with Judge Jeanine” on Fox News. Yet when these viewers turned the tube to FNC this Saturday, they were instead greeted by an encore of the network’s “Scandalous: The Trial of William Kennedy Smith” docu-series.
Viewers took note and were not pleased.
Observe some of the reaction below:
Where’s Judge Jeanine?
— Jim Flannery (@JimFlannery995) March 17, 2019
Where’s Judge Jeanine Pirro tonight?
— Daveplorable ?? (@DavidHa39998535) March 17, 2019
— Elizabeth Gottlieb (@DARASTOP12345) March 17, 2019
Where’s Judge Jeanine tonight? I went to turn on her program & she’s missing. If Fox has fired her for telling the truth, then I’ve about had it with Fox. Jeanine & anyone else Fox fires for telling the truth should go to another conservative channel where she can tell the truth
— Jean Clemens Loftus (@JeanCLoftus) March 17, 2019
Where’s are gal Judge Jeanine?
Bring her back!
— Jean leonetti (@Jeanleonetti1) March 17, 2019
Ok, this is ridiculous Judge Jeanine is one of my favorite shows. Where’s the dam first amendment here. Bad idea @foxsnews to take her off
— WGZ (@PhuLoiGCA) March 17, 2019
Host Judge Jeanine Pirro’s fans worry that she may have been fired. Recall what happened to former host Bill O’Reilly after The New York Times ran a piece on him in 2017 revealing that he’d settled a number of sexual harassment lawsuits in court. Fox pulled him off the air and then announced his termination several days later. Could the same be happening to Pirro?
The troubles for the former New York prosecutor began after she made allegedly controversial remarks on her program last Saturday about anti-Semitic Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Pirro theorized that perhaps the congresswoman’s anti-Semitism is a product of her Islamic faith.
“This is not who your party is,” Pirro said of the Democrats. “Your party is not anti-Israel. She is. Think about this. [Omar] is not getting this anti-Israel sentiment doctrine from the Democrat Party. So if it’s not rooted in the party, where is she getting it from?”
“Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Quran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested. Is her adherence to this Islamist doctrine indicative of her adherence to sharia law, which is antithetical to the U.S. Constitution?”
Listen to her monologue below:
Left-wing critics promptly pounced on the judge afterward, accusing her of spouting Islamophobic rhetoric. Apparently, it’s a cardinal sin to question the national loyalty of a Muslim. But when Omar repeatedly questions the national loyalty of her Jewish colleagues, that’s OK …
Fox took the bait and immediately jumped to condemn Pirro: “We strongly condemn Judge Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar. They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly,” the network said in a statement last Sunday.
And now a week later the top-rated judge has disappeared from the network and social media. “We’re not commenting on internal scheduling matters,” a spokesperson for Fox News said.
She was last heard last Saturday when she issued a statement in defense of her monologue.
“I’ve seen a lot of comments about my opening statement from Saturday night’s show and I did not call Rep. Omar un-American,” she said. “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.”
Interestingly, this is the exact justification that Omar’s defenders, including white supremacist David Duke, have cited in defense of her anti-Semitism. They’ve claimed that she was just trying to “start a conversation” about Israel’s allegedly shady and malign influence over the political affairs of the U.S., not to mention its allegedly abusive behavior toward Palestinian terrorists:
This is the state of political punditry in America where Friedman can accuse Rep. Omar of being a “bridge destroyer” by attempting to destroy the important conversation she’s trying to start about America’s complicity in the Israeli government’s human rights abuses.
— Paul Wu-Tang Clan ⚛︎??? (@PaulWuster) March 10, 2019
@IlhanMN tweets less than 10 words regarding AIPAC and everyone is in an uproar. She is the brave and necessary guinea pig to start this long overdue conversation. U.S. citizens, OPEN your eyes and stop being so USA-centric!https://t.co/y3BeJpW15J
— Azra Muftic (@akii_za) February 14, 2019
Thank you @AdyBarkan
Thank you @Ilhan
Start the conversation. https://t.co/DhX4q7Ls1q
For now — less media attention for #Omar — give her some rest.
Let Jews explain why being against #AIPAC is NOT the same as being #AntiSemitist she is fighting for peace, racial justice,
— Godelieve Engbersen (@GodelieveTT) February 13, 2019
The second you start defending yourself from the smears they’ve already won. Don’t let them change the conversation- @AIPAC is meddling in the US Government on behalf of the rouge terror state of Israel.
— Kevin Alcala (@TainoProletario) February 11, 2019
Maybe this will start up a conversation about the ridiculousness of thinking Aipac does not have any influence on American politics. But mostly, It’s just going to be to confirm people’s opinions that Ilhan is anti-Semitic. They’re wrong, but when has being wrong mattered.
— Hafeel (@hafeel_asraf) February 11, 2019
The difference is that whereas Pirro, a political commentator, has been either been temporarily or permanently booted from Fox News, Omar, an elected congresswoman, remains not only in Congress but on three committees: the House Budget Committee, the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Committee on Education and Labor.
Moreover, the Democrat Party has refused to condemn her. Instead, it passed a vague, watered-down so-called “anti-hate” resolution that didn’t even mention her. The resolution didn’t even include the words “anti-Semite” or “anti-Semites.”
The fact that Fox News has meanwhile bowed to the pro-Omar lobby — and much to Omar’s pleasure — is not sitting well with Judge Jeanine Pirro’s most ardent fans.
@PeteHegseth you’re all talking about condemning anti-Semitism so where in the hell is Judge Jeanine? I am turning your channel off now!
— ?? Christine ?? (@MarieNoel45) March 17, 2019
FOX pulls Judge Jeanine off air bc of this comment about Ilhan Omar
(why she wears the hijab, where her allegiance lies and the Constitution vs Sharia law.)
— American me (@Americanme7) March 17, 2019
Where the hell are your principles against anti-Semitism?
Judge Jeanine spoke against hate speech & you stood with the hater, Omar, of which the entire world heard her hate speech toward Jews. UNBELIEVABLE ! And don’t tell Americans this is about respecting Sharia Law.
— ❌Time is Up for The Corrupt Left❌ (@PonoLight) March 17, 2019
We the people love Judge Jeanine! If you chancel her show I will be getting my news else where. Free speech is not easy, but it is equally shared by all. Judge respects her listeners, she deserve respect back. Don’t become Fake news.
— Stasha999 (@Stasha9991) March 17, 2019
#BoycottFoxNews Where are Judge Jeanine’s friends? They should be standing with her! ALL Conservatives should be. For now, I thought she had a right to her opinion, though the controlling left is doing their dangedest to SILENCE anyone with an opinion different from theirs! https://t.co/LIt86iTewl
— Lassie (@BrookLassie) March 17, 2019
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