A writer from the decidedly left-leaning outlet the Huffington Post blamed Fox News' Tucker Carlson for the recent exit of leftist host Tiffany Cross from MSNBC, an ultra-liberal competitor of Fox News.
The headline of Sara Boboltz's piece reads, "MSNBC Cancels 'The Cross Connection' After Tucker Carlson Verbally Attacks Host." Boboltz doesn't dance around things in the text of her Saturday story, either, saying the "move came after Cross had become a target of attacks from" Carlson.
Here's more from her piece:
In late October, Carlson aired a segment about Cross that swiftly received criticism from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The Fox host told his audience that Cross was fomenting a “race war” against white people.
Carlson likened “The Cross Connection with Tiffany Cross” and MSNBC to the Rwandan media outlet Radio Television Libre des Mille Collines, which stoked the 1994 Rwandan genocide.“Do they know what’s happening on their channel? Are they OK with this?” Carlson asked of MSNBC’s corporate leadership.
Here's the Carlson segment in question:
Tucker Carlson: MSNBC's open race hate should worry you deeplyyoutu.be
Boboltz in her story said the "network did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment on Saturday."
The HuffPost writer added that the ADL said Carlson had “again used his platform to stoke racial tensions, falsely and dangerously accusing a Black @MSNBC host of instigating a genocide against white people" and that the group tweeted: “His incitement and trivialization of the Rwandan genocide must be forcefully condemned.”
'Repeated bad behavior on and off-air. Bad judgment.'
It seems there may be some disagreement — perhaps even at MSNBC — about the reason for Cross' exit from the cable network. In fact, a source close to the situation told Fox News that Cross got canned for "repeated bad behavior on and off-air. Bad judgment."
The details concerning said "bad behavior" and "bad judgment" aren't clear, but beyond Carlson's scathing rebuke of Cross, she offered no shortage of nasty comments about conservatives during her time in front of the camera.
To wit: She once said there's already a "civil war" raging in the United States, urged liberals to "pick up a weapon" in the fight for democracy, and called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas "Justice Pubic Hair on My Coke Can," Fox News said.
Cross also ripped U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) as a "token" and suggested Harriet Tubman — who helped rescue slaves on the Underground Railroad — would have left Scott behind. She also has said she'd be willing to carry out the "the most radical" of solutions to fix what she sees as police brutality and racist criminal justice, which is to "burn it down."
What's more, folks commenting on Boboltz's story as it appeared on Yahoo News blasted the writer, as well as her news outlet, for blaming Carlson:
- "HuffPost doesn't see the racism they pretend to care about in Cross because it's like looking into a mirror to them," one commenter said.
- "Ahhhh, so pointing out that she's instigating racism herself is now considered 'attacking' her..." another commenter observed.
- "Puffpost at its best," another commenter quipped. "When did MSNBC ever do anything based upon a Tucker Carlson commentary?"
- "I think Ms. Boboltz of HuffPost is going to have a very short journalistic career with a piece like this," another commenter wrote. "Absolute nonsense. MSNBC thrives on Fox News hate; they certainly aren't going to fire a host based on what a Fox News host has to say."