Fox News responded on Tuesday to a far-left boycott of host Tucker Carlson after Carlson suggested last week that migrant caravans are leaving the U.S. a "dirtier" place.
In a statement to The Daily Wire, Fox News wrote:
We cannot and will not allow voices like Tucker Carlson to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts from the likes of Moveon.org, Media Matters and Sleeping Giants.
Attempts were made last month to bully and terrorize Tucker and his family at their home. He is now once again being threatened via Twitter by far-left activist groups with deeply political motives.
While we do not advocate boycotts, these same groups never target other broadcasters and operate under a grossly hypocritical double standard given their intolerance to all opposing points of view.
A Fox News Channel spokesperson confirmed that all advertisers are re-expressing and no revenue has been lost.
"Our country's economy is becoming more automated and tech-centered by the day. It's obvious that we need more scientists and skilled engineers," Carlson said on his show last week. "But that's not what we're getting. Instead, we're getting waves of people with high school educations or less. Nice people, no one doubts that but as an economic matter, this is insane. It's indefensible, so nobody even tries to defend it. Instead, our leaders demand that you shut up and accept this. We have a moral obligation to admit the world's poor, they tell us, even if it makes our own country poorer and dirtier and more divided [Emphasis added]."
Carlson's statement led to left-wing activists calling for advertisers to boycott his show, many of whom decided not to join the left-wing outrage mob, according to The Washington Times.
Carlson responded to the calls for a boycott on Monday night by stating:
And the truth is, unregulated mass immigration has badly hurt this country’s natural landscape.
Take a trip to our southwestern deserts, if you don’t believe it. Thanks to illegal immigration, huge swaths of the region are covered with garbage and waste that degrade the soil and kill wildlife.
The Arizona Department of Environment Quality estimates that each illegal border crosser leaves six to eight pounds of trash during the journey into our country. If you’re interested in more detail, look at the website they’ve created, it’s called Arizona Border Trash. It’s dedicated to highlighting and cleaning up the thousands of tons of garbage strewn across Arizona by immigrants every year.
Illegal immigration comes at a huge cost to our environment. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) put it this way: “Illegal border activity on federal lands not only threatens people, but endangered species and the land itself. Illegal aliens and smugglers have destroyed cactus and other sensitive vegetation that can take decades to recover, including habitat for endangered species. One land management official described another federal property on Arizona’s border as so unsafe and with resources so destroyed that it is now primarily used for illegal activities and no longer visited by the general public.”