ADL Pushes World Federation of Advertisers to Boycott Tucker Carlson And Fox News For 'Hate Speech And White Supremacy'

Chris Menahan
Apr. 21, 2021

The Anti-Defamation League, which supports anti-BDS laws that ban Americans from boycotting the state of Israel, is lobbying the World Federation of Advertisers to boycott Tucker Carlson and Fox News.

The first half of Greenblatt's speech will be spent bragging about how the ADL got Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Reddit to implement mass censorship of "antisemitism" and the second half will close with a push for advertisers to boycott Tucker Carlson and Fox News.

Here's an excerpt from Greenblatt's prepared remarks:
[L]et me share with you another vivid example of how hate speech and white supremacy is moving from the margins into the mainstream.

Just two weeks ago on his Fox News program, Tucker Carlson openly endorsed the white supremacist "Great Replacement Theory." If you haven't heard of it, this is a virulently racist and antisemitic conspiracy theory that holds a secret group of Jewish people are plotting to flood the United States with non-whites and immigrants in order to commit "white genocide."

This is not a new idea. In fact, it is a longstanding, toxic staple of white supremacist ideology. And yet, in front of the largest primetime audience in America, Mr. Carlson asserted this was happening because the Democratic Party intentionally was engineering a huge influx of immigration to bolster its voter base.

Now, I don't need to tell you how ugly this rhetoric is -- especially when it is repeated by someone with millions of viewers across the country. But it's also dangerous, literally a prompt to violence.

Replacement Theory led to the chants of "Jews will not replace us" in Charlottesville in 2017, the night before they mowed down and murdered Heather Heyer. Extremists invoked Replacement Theory when they massacred 11 Jews in a synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2018; 51 Muslim worshippers at 2 mosques in Christchurch in 2019, and 22 Latinos in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in El Paso that same year. So, make no mistake: This is a deeply dangerous message.

Now, immediately after this segment aired, we reached out to the network with a simple appeal: It's time for Carlson to go. The response we received back from Fox Chairman Lachlan Murdoch could be summarized as follows: We respect you and the ADL, but Tucker didn't really mean it. He was talking about voting rights, not embracing a white supremacist trope.

But I can assure you that Carlson's message was not lost on those white supremacists and bigots who are now applauding him for embracing their talking points.

Why do I share this story?

Again, it is an example of how hatred is being mainstreamed in America in 2021. And it is another example where you, advertisers, have a potential role to play.

Through your advertising muscle, you have a distinct and powerful voice in what information networks like Fox and Facebook will and will not allow on their platforms.

You can hold them accountable like few other actors in society because your dollars are the fuel that enables their business model.

And don't believe that their size insulates them. It's not just about the revenue pressure you can apply, it's the reputational pressure that you can bring to bear.

And so we need your help in sending a message when our media networks fail us and allow hatred to spread.

And when I say we need your help, I mean it.

Look around you. Politics are polarized. Congress is gridlocked. Courts move at an excruciating pace. Special interests seem to dominate think tanks and public debates. And, in this moment, CEOs have stepped forward and filled the leadership vacuum in important ways.

Take the recent pushback against laws in Georgia that would restrict the right to vote. Or the leadership on climate shown by so many companies. Now, I'm not taking regulators off the hook - ultimately public problems demand policy solutions and systemic change.

But you indisputably have a kind of power -- and, if you will forgive the clich้, with great power comes great responsibility.

And, as you think about your responsibility, I would submit that the fight against hate is the fight of our time -- the future of democracy, the nature of society -- hangs in the balance.

As an industry, you are uniquely positioned to push these networks -- whether mass media or social media -- to do their utmost to ensure that hatred and conspiracy theories are not amplified. Yes, the First Amendment allows for people to espouse fringe theories -- but we need to keep them on the fringe.

So, I'll close with a challenge to you: Commit to this fight. Choose a side.

Choose to pause or even pull your ads, not just from problematic programs, but altogether from networks that don't respect all people or that repeat baseless conspiracies that endanger all of us.
As Tucker Carlson highlighted on his show last week, Greenblatt and the ADL believe in "The Great Replacement" when it comes to Israel.

The ADL's guide for pro-Israel activists on their website tells followers to say that the idea of "bi-nationalism" in Israel "is unworkable given current realities and historic animosities" and amounts to "nothing less than an indirect attempt to bring about an end to the State of Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people."

"With historically high birth rates among the Palestinians, and a possible influx of Palestinian refugees and their descendants now living around the world, Jews would quickly be a minority within a bi-national state, thus likely ending any semblance of equal representation and protections," the ADL says. "In this situation, the Jewish population would be increasingly politically – and potentially physically – vulnerable."

"It is unrealistic and unacceptable to expect the State of Israel to voluntarily subvert its own sovereign existence and nationalist identity and become a vulnerable minority within what was once its own territory."

The ADL for decades has been one of the top driving forces pushing for open borders and mass immigration in America.

They support banning Americans from boycotting Israel but also support Corporate America launching boycotts of Georgia and advertisers launching boycotts of Tucker Carlson and Fox News.

Greenblatt on CNN last week not only threatened to pressure Fox News' advertisers in order to get Tucker Carlson off the air but also threatened to pressure their upstream cable providers.

"Tucker has got to go," Greenblatt said. "Let's acknowledge Fox isn't alone in this. They have advertisers. They have affiliates. There are cable companies that carry their signal."

"If Fox won't act, it may be time for the advertisers to act," Greenblatt said. "It may be time for the affiliates and cable companies to act, to finally, once and for all say, that America is -- simply put -- no place for hate."

The ADL is not only lobbying to censor Tucker Carlson and eliminate free speech but they're doing it with our taxpayer dollars.

As I reported last year, the ADL received up to $10 million in Paycheck Protection Program bailout funds -- funds that were taken from struggling Americans losing their businesses en masse -- despite reporting nearly $117M in net assets on their 2019 financial report.

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