Calls for a boycott targeting companies that advertise on Fox News have grown in the wake of real-world violence seemingly inspired by the hateful rhetoric employed by Fox News and Fox Business hosts and contributors — not to mention President Donald Trump and certain Republican politicians.
According to Vox, the U.S. editor of the Financial Times joined the chorus of voices suggesting the boycott, following the recent spate of pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats and the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
> “The most effective thing Americans can do is boycott companies that advertise on Fox,” Edward Luce tweeted Saturday. “They bankroll the poison that goes from the studio into Trump’s head. The second is vote.”
> The call was an unusual one for a journalist. But Luce — who had tweeted on Friday that Trump “has normalized the language of violence in US politics” — was one of a growing number of prominent voices, including former conservatives who oppose Trump, speaking out against Fox News and Fox Business.
Conservative columnist Max Boot called upon investors to “boycott Fox News until they pull back from the hate,” making his appeal during a CNN appearance.
Numerous outlets, including NBC News, The New York Times, and CNN, have shown links between the perpetrators of violence and conservative media rhetoric and conspiracy theories:
> Earlier last week, the New York Times and NBC News reported that Cesar Sayoc — who is charged in connection to the pipe bomb packages — had a Twitter feed full of “clips from Fox News broadcasts,” while the Pittsburgh shooter was upset by a conspiracy theory, alluded to by Fox News and Fox Business hosts, that Jewish billionaire George Soros was linked to the migrant caravan traveling to the US.
> Over the weekend, after the mass shooting in Pittsburgh, a guest on Lou Dobbs’s show on Fox Business, Chris Farrell, who heads the conservative activist group Judicial Watch, said the migrant caravan was directed by the “Soros-occupied State Department.” Soros was the first reported target of the attempted pipe bomb attacks, and the episode attracted widespread criticism for spreading anti-Semitic tropes.
A special report on CNN Tuesday morning highlighted dozens of instances where Fox News and Fox Business personalities ramped up the rhetoric surrounding the caravan of migrants, repeatedly using the term “invasion”.
> “The Pittsburgh shooting suspect’s hatred of Jews merged with his hatred of immigrants to deadly results,” [CNN’s Brian] Stelter reported. “He called migrants ‘invaders,’ using the same dehumanizing language that has been saturating rightwing radio and TV.”
The website foxnewsadvertisers.com provides an updated list of companies advertising on the Fox News network, along with contact information and Twitter handles for each.