Fox News pulls show after Islamophobic remarks

Lawrence Kim
March 21, 2019

Fox News weekend host Jeanine Pirro's show didn't air a week after her comments questioning U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar over her wearing a Muslim head covering.

Two Fox staffers that spoke to the Post said they "could not figure out precisely what it was that had set him off" - and speculated that he may have been thinking about the upcoming report from special counsel Robert Mueller.

The host of NBC's "Late Night" argued on Monday that "the only thing worse than saying something" as offensive as Pirro's suggestion that Omar's hijab may mean her beliefs are "antithetical to the Constitution" was "saying it that loud".

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) in Washington on January 10, 2019.

On March 16, Pirro's show on Fox didn't air, and she has remained uncharacteristically silent on Twitter.

Fox said Pirro's views didn't reflect the network and it had addressed the issue with her, but didn't specify what that entailed.

"The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country", he wrote. "They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well", Trump scolded.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization, this week said that advertisers should boycott Fox News until Pirro and prime-time host Tucker Carlson were fired.

Trump urged Fox to "stay strong" in the face of relentless pressure and "fight back with vigor". Trump then advised the network to "continue to fight for our Country" and "stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down".

In one tape, Carlson calls Iraqis "semiliterate primitive monkeys" and says they should "just shut the [expletive] up and obey". "Be strong & prosper, be weak & die!" Last week, a series of past misogynistic remarks and other controversial statements about child marriages and sexual assault 49-year-old Carlson made on a radio show resurfaced. Don't hand it to them on a silver platter.

"All existing advertisers should drop their ads on Fox News to ensure that they are not associated with the promotion of hate", Awad added. Of the two representatives, Pirro said, "it's nearly as though they think they're representing another country".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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