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Left-wing show host defends Fox News' Tucker Carlson from boycotts: Advertisers should not pull out of Carlson's show


Unlikely support from the left

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Not even leftist show host Cenk Uygur thinks that advertisers should be pulling out of or suspending their ads on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show, "Tucker Carlson Tonight."

What's this boycott about, anyway?

Carlson has found himself the subject of backlash and scrutiny after making contentious remarks about immigration and the U.S.

"As an economic matter, this is insane," Carlson said last Thursday on his news show. "It's indefensible so nobody even tries to defend it.

"Instead, our leaders demand that we shut up and accept this. '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," the Fox News host added.

"Immigration is a form of atonement. Previous leaders of our country committed sins, we must pay for those sins by welcoming an endless chain of migrant caravans," he explained. "That's the argument they make."

In response to his comments, more than a dozen advertisers either pulled out or suspended their ads on the show.

Carlson hit back at the boycotts Tuesday with a fiery statement of his own.

"It's a tactic, a well-worn one, nobody thinks it's real," Carlson said. "And it won't work with this show."

"We're not intimidated," he added. "We plan to try to say what's true until the last day."

So what did Uygur say?

During Tuesday's episode of "The Young Turks," Uygur and co-host Ana Kasparian defended Carlson from advertiser boycotts.

Uygur — who was vocal about his disagreement with Carlson's comments — said, "I have always believed in the marketplace of ideas. I think the advertisers should not pull out of Tucker Carlson's show. You could just say 'Hey just stop watching the show' ... let the audience make that decision."

Kasparian added, "I'm tired of advertisers being the gatekeepers of what is and is not appropriate on news shows."

"[I]f it turns out there's a bunch of people in the country who are just as racist as Tucker Carlson — they are, they are, and so that's the reality of it," Uygur said. "We all have to work harder to address the root causes, instead of trying to put a Band-Aid on it by banning things. That's always been in my opinion."

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