Tucker Carlson regularly devotes his 8 p.m. hour on Fox News Channel to railing against, as he often says, ‚Äúlying, pomposity, smugness and groupthink.‚ÄĚ On Wednesday night, however, he had fewer major advertisers lined up to support his regular mission.
The host, one of the most popular on the 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news network, tried to add more context to remarks he made last week about immigration that has spurred a protest by progressive organizations that is pressing advertisers on the show to place their commercials elsewhere on the network. Wednesday night‚Äôs broadcast of ‚ÄúTucker Carlson Tonight‚ÄĚ appeared to contain a heavier amount of direct-response commercials and promos for various Fox News and Fox Broadcasting programs, and only a handful of commercials from larger advertisers.
Carlson sparked the controversy during last Thursday‚Äôs broadcast, noting that he felt immigration was responsible for making the United States ‚Äúdirtier.‚ÄĚ On his Monday program, Carlson said he would not be threatened by the threat of sponsors backing out of his show. ‚ÄúThe enforcers scream ‚ÄėRacist!‚Äô on Twitter until everybody gets intimidated and changes the subject to the Russia investigation or some other distraction. It‚Äôs a tactic, a well-worn one. Nobody thinks it‚Äôs real. And it won‚Äôt work with this show,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre not intimidated. We plan to try to say what‚Äôs true until the last day.‚ÄĚ