Brian Stelter Asks Why Fox News Anchors Aren’t Quitting Over Jeanine Pirro’s Comments
CNN’s Brian Stelter joined his New Day colleagues on Monday to break down the outrage towards Fox News because of the latest remarks from Tucker Carlson and Jeanine Pirro.
The conversation began with Pirro’s controversial comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar and her hijab, which caused Ailsyn Camerota to recall that “Sharia law was one of their favorite boogeymen” when she was part of Fox News. As Camerota and Stelter agreed that Fox’s segments on the matter are based more on fear-mongering than facts, they turned their attention to the network’s condemnation of Pirro’s remarks.
“If [Pirro] happens to be watching, I would say, ‘what are you so afraid of? What are you so scared of?'” Stelter asked. “The Fox narrative for years has been about fear of Muslims, fear of minorities.”
John Berman followed up by saying he didn’t want to accuse Pirro of ignorance, but “I guarantee you Jeanine Pirro knows the truth here, so it’s not just ignorance, it’s just hate.” As the conversation continued to gravitate around Fox’s handling of Pirro’s comments, Stelter wondered if their rebuke is a dual effort to promote their news division and refute The New Yorker‘s extensive profile on how they are a “propaganda network.”
Eventually, Stelter asked whether Fox’s news anchors will threaten to quit if forced to work in tandem with Pirro:
“Where are the news anchors on Fox saying ‘I don’t want to work in this kind of place. This is unacceptable. Jeanine Pirro should not be allowed to be on this network reading this script that’s she’s written that’s been put in the teleprompter.’ Where are those news anchors today?”
The discussion continued with Stelter saying Carlson is trying to create a “ratings ploy” for himself with his refusal to apologize for his uncovered, insulting remarks about multiple women.
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