Fox News on Friday afternoon stood by Laura Ingraham after she defended a white supremacist and several other fringe people who have been banned or disciplined by large social media companies. During the segment, Ingraham displayed a graphic showing images of people she characterized as “prominent voices censored on social media.”
The graphic included Paul Nehlen, a white supremacist who has had his racism and anti-Semitism well documented. In April, for instance, he appeared on a podcast and admitted to wearing a shirt featuring Robert Bowers, the man accused of killing 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
Following the backlash, Fox News released a statement saying it was “obscene to suggest” Ingraham had defended Nehlen. “Anyone who watches Laura’s show knows that she is a fierce protector of freedom of speech and the intent of the segment was to highlight the growing trend of unilateral censorship in America,” the Fox News statement added.
Retweeting screenshots of despicable old tweets by racists and/or anti-semites must make those racists & anti-semites very happy. Unfortunately it does zero to elevate the debate in America. cc. @CNN
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 31, 2019
how very dare they provide examples of the people you were defending on your show
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) May 31, 2019
.@IngrahamAngle, Paul Nehlen is not being censored because he’s a conservative. He was kicked off social media for repeatedly spewing anti-Semitism & racism, and for targeting Jewish journalists. Do better, @FoxNews. https://t.co/loLhQ9F6Oh
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) May 31, 2019
Please do not tweet critically about prominent racists, it makes them happy. Instead, do what makes them really angry: Mention them on your primetime cable show as the victims of censorship. https://t.co/aCj6sd0STa
— Max Tani (@maxwelltani) May 31, 2019