Lachlan Murdoch dismisses ADL complaint, says Fox sees no problem with Tucker Carlson's 'replacement theory' remarks
April 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Lachlan Murdoch, Executive Chairman of 21st Century Fox speaks at the New York Times DealBook conference on November 1, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
Fox Corporation chief executive Lachlan Murdoch dismissed the Anti-Defamation League's demand that the company fire host Tucker Carlson, telling the organization in a letter that his company saw no problem with comments Carlson made about the racist "great replacement" theory.
New York (CNN Business)Fox Corporation chief executive Lachlan Murdoch dismissed the Anti-Defamation League's demand that the company fire host Tucker Carlson, telling the organization in a letter that his company saw no problem with comments Carlson made about the racist "great replacement" theory.
"Concerning the segment of 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' on April 8th, however, we respectfully disagree," Murdoch continued in the letter, which the ADL provided CNN.
"A full review of the guest interview indicates that Mr. Carlson decried and rejected replacement theory.
As Mr. Carlson himself stated during the guest interview: 'White replacement theory?
"Although I appreciate the sentiment that you and your father continue to support ADL's mission, supporting Mr. Carlson's embrace of the 'great replacement theory' stands in direct contrast to that mission," Greenblatt wrote.
"As you noted in your letter, ADL honored your father over a decade ago," Greenblatt continued, "but let me be clear that we would not do so today, and it does not absolve you, him, the network, or its board from the moral failure of not taking action against Mr. Carlson. "
Greenblatt said Carlson's "attempt to at first dismiss" the replacement theory "while in the very next breath endorsing it under cover of 'a voting rights question' does not give him free license to invoke a white supremacist trope. "
Appearing on Thursday during a segment on immigration with his friend Mark Steyn, who was filling in at 7 p. m. ET, Carlson invoked the great replacement theory.
Greenblatt pointed out to Murdoch in his letter that "replacement theory is a concept that is discussed almost daily in online forums seething with antisemitism and racism" and that Carlson "did not accidentally echo these talking points; he knowingly escalated this well-worn racist rhetoric. "
Greenblatt also highlighted several other instances in which Carlson has ignited controversy for his anti-immigrant comments and in which he dismissed the threat of white supremacy.