Insurer Being Called On To Pull Advertising From Tucker Carlson’s Hate-Fest TV Show
Tucker Carlson, the Fox News talker of bow tie and frozen fish stick lineage, drew well-deserved scorn this week for referring to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley as “unimpressive,” “stupid” and “a pig.”
To be sure, Milley is none of those. He’s a graduate of Princeton and Columbia universities, has commanded thousands and thousands of troops during his impeccable 39-year military career and his chest brims with the medals he’s earned serving in Panama, Haiti, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Carlson had pitched a fit because he didn’t like how the general witheringly schooled Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) earlier this week on the topic of critical race theory. Now, as a result of that deranged rant, the few remaining advertisers on his show are facing calls to cancel upcoming spots. Principal among them is the United Services Automobile Association, commonly known as USAA. The insurance company primarily serves veterans and their families.
Several veterans’ groups, including the non-partisan Veterans for Responsible Leadership, seized on the comments and called on USAA to cease its ad buys on Carlson’s show.
“So, @USAA, is this who you advertise with?” the group’s account tweeted. “Asking for 18 million friends.”
So, @USAA, is this who you advertise with?
Asking for 18 million friends. https://t.co/779rshRymo
— Veterans For Responsible Leadership (@VetsForRL) June 25, 2021
While Carlson’s show still attracts significant viewership, the number of advertisers on the program dropped from 73 in January of this year to just 58 in March. Not surprisingly the number one advertiser is Donald Trump sycophant Mike Lindell’s MyPillow, which accounted for more than 20 percent of all paid spots during the first quarter of this year.