Corporate media continues moving their ideological goalposts and insisting anything short of full prostration before the woke cause du jour is somehow furthering atrocities. In labeling the right as the root of all evils, a renewed push to shame any party tangentially associated with conservatives has commenced and it includes the advertisers for Fox News.
Whether it be free speech or free market capitalism, the left despises that which can’t be controlled. Since they can’t outdo Fox News in the ratings and they have yet to successfully pressure legislative action against the network, they’ve resorted to somewhat of a proxy war against some of the largest streams of revenue for the network.
Following the shooting in Buffalo, talking heads across the platforms have pointed fingers at Republicans and the promotion of “hateful Right-wing rhetoric” as being responsible for the suspect’s motivations. So, NBC News reached out to those buying ad spots on Fox to see if they’ll continue to be a party to this alleged complicity.
“It’s time Tucker face consequences for his words": Tucker Carlson is facing intense scrutiny from extremism experts, media watchdogs, and activists who say there's a link between his rhetoric and the apparent mindset of the Buffalo shooting suspect. https://t.co/BB8ImDC3SI
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 21, 2022
“NBC News contacted spokespeople for 14 corporations that reportedly advertise on Fox News, including General Motors and WeightWatchers, and asked if their companies planned to continue advertising on the network following the tragedy in Buffalo,” the article explained.
The ladies of ABC’s “The View” rode this bandwagon Monday as well with co-host Ana Navarro stating Monday, “I think it’s time to name names and point fingers…If you are an advertiser advertising on that station, you are part of the problem.”
Of course, it’s likely purely coincidental that the pressure on advertisers fell at the same time that Fox News was having their annual “upfronts,” what NBC reported as the “yearly industry event in New York where network executives encourage corporations to purchase advertisements on-air.”
As expected, the push was specifically targeting primetime host Tucker Carlson. “In a statement,” NBC reported, “General Motors said: ‘We do not advertise on Tucker Carlson or other similar shows, though we do advertise on Fox News.’ When asked if the company plans to continue to advertise on the network, a GM spokesperson pointed NBC News back to the original statement.”
They went on, “WeightWatchers does not advertise on Carlson’s show. The company’s communications office did not reply to a subsequent email asking if it planned to continue to advertise on Fox news.”
The veneer of their efforts was fairly easy to see through for anyone who cared to look.
Until MSNBC holds itself to the standard they’re suggesting for Carlson, they’re just concern-trolling hypocrites.
— Jean R. Ewing (@GenNerd) May 21, 2022
The Buffalo shooter did not say a single thing about Tucker Carlson and wrote that he hated Fox News.
By contrast, the congressional baseball shooter who almost killed Steve Scalise declared his love for Rachel Maddow in writings.
Did Rachel Maddow almost kill Scalise?
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 15, 2022
Says the network of Joy Reid
— SGA (@SGA_FLA) May 21, 2022
In fact, the partisan hackery was on full display from the very opening of the article that listed progressive activists as a source for pointing out the connection between Carlson’s show and the ills of the world.
Extremism experts. 😂😂😂
— Forward Human (@forward_human) May 21, 2022
“Media watchdogs and activists say” 😆😆😆
— JEFF2975 (@JEFFWH75) May 21, 2022
“extremism experts, media watchdogs, and activists”
I think you repeated yourselves.
— @RobinJosephette (@RobinJosephette) May 21, 2022
trololol imagine using the term “extremism expert” unironically
— Mars ♂ (@mars_tbk) May 21, 2022
The tangential claims that included citing other hit pieces like The New York Times report on Carlson that combed through all of his episodes are blatantly pathetic. If Fox News were as bad as they claimed, it wouldn’t take intense digging to find a half-hearted reference to anything as being the source on any extremists point of view.
‘White Americans have to come to terms’ with their racism, says CNN senior reporter https://t.co/2aOCiyU2nE pic.twitter.com/2BhMtEMsnJ
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 18, 2022
But, that appears to be all they have to go on as they continue pushing to suppress any voices that don’t tow the progressive lines. Carlson himself called out the extreme lengths that have been taken and noted, “So, if you were to quote Martin Luther King Jr., whose monument stands on the mall, and say that the U.S. government ought to treat people based on who they are and what they do and not how they look and how they were born, should assess people on the content of their character, not the color of their skin – if that’s your position, you are by definition” — according to progressives he showed in a montage — “a White supremacist.”
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