The Fox News network has never been more dangerous. Many of the channel’s personalities have spent the last year and a half downplaying COVID-19 and pushing vaccine hesitancy. As a result, studies show that viewers of Fox News were more likely to die of the illness.This weekend, an 18-year-old shooter obsessed with the Great Replacement Theory murdered a number of people of color. The Great Replacement Theory is regularly promoted by Tucker Carlson. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter to Fox demanding that they stop amplifying the theory.
The New York senator wrote:
“Proponents of this white nationalist, far-right conspiracy theory believe that a complicit or cooperative class of elites are advancing a plot designed to undermine the political power and culture of white Americans. For years, these types of beliefs have existed at the fringes of American life. However, this pernicious theory, which has no basis in fact, has been injected into the mainstream thanks in large part to a dangerous level of amplification by your network and its anchors.”
Noting a study that revealed that Fox viewers are much more likely to believe in conspiracy theories, Schumer continued, “This should come as no surprise given the central role these themes have played in your network’s programming in recent years.”
Schumer condemns Fox for pushing racist lies:
"In a craven quest for viewers and ratings, organizations like Fox News have spent years perfecting the craft of stoking cultural grievance and political resentment that eerily mirrors the messages found in replacement theory."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 17, 2022
Schumer closed his letter, “To this end, I implore you to immediately cease all dissemination of false white nationalist, far-right conspiracy theories on your network.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.