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Chuck Schumer writes to Rupert Murdoch, demanding Fox cease pushing the ‘Great Replacement Theory’


Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer wrote to Rupert Murdoch and other Fox News executives on Tuesday, demanding they denounce conspiracy theories like the ‘Great Replacement Theory’ and end any spread of white supremacist ideology on their network.

‘I urge you to take into consideration the very real impacts of the dangerous rhetoric being broadcast on your network on a nightly basis,’ Schumer wrote in the letter, where he called out Fox News’ Tucker Carlson by name.

‘For years, these types of beliefs have existed at the fringes of American life,’ Schumer noted. ‘However, this pernicious theory, which has no basis in fact, has been injected into the mainstream thanks in large part to a dangerous level of amplification by your network and its anchors.’ 

‘I implore you to immediately cease all dissemination of false white nationalist, far-right conspiracy theories on your network,’ he wrote. 

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer demanded Rupert Murdoch and other Fox News executives denounce conspiracy theories like the ‘Great Replacement Theory’

Schumer sent his letter to Rupert Murdoch and other Fox News executives

Schumer sent his letter to Rupert Murdoch and other Fox News executives

Payton Gendron, 18, the suspect in the Buffalo grocery store shooting, touted what’s being called the ‘great replacement theory,’ a once-fringe racist idea that became a popular refrain among media figures like Carlson and Laura Ingraham of Fox News. 

He wrote a document claiming white Americans were at risk of being ‘replaced’ by people of color because of immigration and higher birthrates – which led to authorities to declare the shooting to be racially motivated.

Thirteen people were shot and 10 died in Saturday’s attack. Eleven of the people shot were black.   

Schumer’s letter came after White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Monday also refused to call out by name any public figures who pushed fringe theories like Gendron did.

She refused to do so again on Tuesday, saying she was not going to give them the attention they wanted. 

‘The people who spread this filth, know who they are, and they should be ashamed of themselves, but I’m not going to give them or give them or their noxious ideas they’re pushing the attention that they desperately want,’ she said.

And she doubled down when asked again.

‘I’m not gonna give them a platform. So I just want to make that very clear, but we’re going to make our case directly to the people. We have a vision for this country. One where we combat hate racism and violence. We denounce white racism and domestic terror. We hope all will join us in denouncing hate and racism, as well as a conspiracy theories that run rampant online,’ she said. 

Schumer, however, called out Fox News and Carlson in remarks on the Senate floor on Monday.

‘In a craven quest for viewers and ratings, organizations like Fox News have spent years perfecting the craft of stoking cultural grievance and political resentment that eerily mirrors the messages found in replacement theory,’ he said. 

 ‘These views should have no place in American society and certainly no place in the segments of our most-watched news channels.’ 

Carlson denounced Gendron’s document on his show on Monday night, calling it ‘crazy’ and the product of a ‘diseased mind.’

‘The document is not recognizably left-wing or right-wing, it’s not really political at all. The document is crazy. It’s the product of a diseased and inorganized [sic] mind,’ he said.

The Murdoch clan has supported Carlson.

Last year, Lachlan Murdoch defended Carlson when a civil rights group called for his firing for touting replacement theory.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to call out by name any public figures who pushed fringe theories

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to call out by name any public figures who pushed fringe theories

Tucker Carlson denounced the document written by the alleged Buffalo shooter on his show on Monday night, calling it 'crazy' and the product of a 'diseased mind'

Tucker Carlson denounced the document written by the alleged Buffalo shooter on his show on Monday night, calling it ‘crazy’ and the product of a ‘diseased mind’

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (center) walks with President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden and other New York officials after visiting the memorial at the site of the Buffalo, New York, grocery store shooting

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (center) walks with President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden and other New York officials after visiting the memorial at the site of the Buffalo, New York, grocery store shooting

One in three Americans believe in ‘replacement theory,’ according to an AP-NORC poll released in May, and they are more likely to be Republicans.

‘Replacement’ theory began in white supremacist circles, but has moved on to more mainstream arenas on the political right in this country and among many Republicans, explicitly or implicitly. 

Some Republicans have called out their colleagues on the matter.

Rep. Liz Cheney tore into her Republican colleagues on Monday for ‘enabling white supremacy.’

‘The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism,’ she tweeted.

‘History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse,’ Cheney added. ‘GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them.’

Representative Elise Stefanik, a New York lawmaker who is No. 3 in the House GOP, has previously come under fire for echoing the ‘great replacement’ theory.

A top aide for the Republican Conference Chairwoman defended her against these attacks on Monday.

‘Any implication or attempt to blame the heinous shooting in Buffalo on the Congresswoman is a new disgusting low for the Left, their Never Trump allies, and the sycophant stenographers in the media,’ Stefanik’s Senior Advisor Alex DeGrasse said in a statement.

He added: ‘Despite sickening and false reporting, Congresswoman Stefanik has never advocated for any racist position or made a racist statement.’

Stefanik replaced Cheney as GOP conference chair last year after the Wyoming representative was pushed out for her repeated criticism of Trump, including blaming him for emboldening the January 6 rioters.



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