Tucker Carlson, conservative host of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight, is feeling the backlash as advertisers pull from his show in the wake of his claim that migrants makes our country “dirtier.”
During a segment in which he argued that allowing unskilled immigrants into the U.S. is bad for the economy, Carlson said “[…]our leaders demand that you shut up and accept it. 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.”
.@expedia, as a company that joined the lawsuit against the immigration ban, it seems like you’d take issue with Tucker Carlson’s comments that immigrants make our country “poorer and dirtier”. Will you continue to sponsor the messages on his show?
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) December 15, 2018
Advertisers began to listen. On Friday morning, Pacific Life tweeted the following:
A message from Pacific Life: pic.twitter.com/bDq9hzia53
— Pacific Life (@pacificlife) December 14, 2018
Carlson heeded the warning.
By that night, he was attempting to walk back the comments, saying:
“I like immigration. I like immigrants. I give every person in the caravan the benefit of the doubt. I think most really do want to come here for a better life.”
But it doesn’t look like it was enough. On Monday, the job search program Indeed announced it was not advertising with Carlson.
Hi, Diane Indeed is not currently advertising on Tucker Carlson Tonight and has no plans to advertise on this program in the future.
— Indeed (@indeed) December 17, 2018
Twitter users weren’t buying Carlson’s clarification either.
New Headline: Tucker Carlson wants advertisers to know he wants their money, and he is willing to lie for a few seconds to get it. https://t.co/1gFV8EAUrp
— Gregory B. Hutchins (@GregBHutchins) December 17, 2018
NO! He’s scared to lose their ads and his show.
— Eman58 (@eman58) December 17, 2018
Hmm too late-
— Vinny502 (@VMendez502) December 17, 2018
When an extremist news station starts to lose revenue and sponsors, then decency & common sense seeps in (a little). You have to hit the ranters and haters in the pocketbook in order to get civil and sensible behavior.
— Norman Dong (@EarthPlannr) December 17, 2018
It didn’t stop Twitter’s calls for advertisers to cease their partnerships with Carlson either.