Fox Business Refuses To Air Ad Calling For Firing Of Erickson, Dobbs, And Juan Williams Over ‘Sexist’ Comments
Fox Business Network is refusing to run an ad that urges the company to fire three of its most controversial commentators. The 30 second spot, produced by women’s equality group UltraViolet takes aim at Erick Erickson, Lou Dobbs and Juan Williams for their recent comments about women in the workplace.
Co-founder of UltraViolent Nita Chaudhary, formally of MoveOn.org, confirmed to The Huffington Post that Fox had planned to run the ad but then pulled it at the last minute, claiming copyright issues.
“It appears the men at [Fox Business] have lost their minds,” she said. “The fact that they won’t air this ad shows that the company is standing by Dobbs and Erickson and Williams and everyone else. The biggest statement it sends is, ‘We’re okay with the backward thinking of the sexist, misogynist men leading our programming.'”
The ad, which urges viewers to “Tell Fox to retire Lou Dobbs, Erick Erickson, and Juan Williams and spare them the pain of equality,” also makes subtle reference to the “lady breadwinners” at Fox, including Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren, who spoke out against their male colleagues last week.
You won’t be seeing the ad on Fox anytime soon, but you can watch the video below, via YouTube:
UPDATE: Lou Dobbs has not commented specifically on the ad from UltraViolet, but since the controversial segment, the host has addressed the “breadwinner study” and his detractors, including during these two segments of his show last night. Watch below, via Fox Business:
Editor’s note: This post has been edited since its original posting – Jon Nicosia
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