New York Times feature writer Elizabeth Williamson paired neo-Nazis who protested in Charlottesville with Fox News host Tucker Carlson in a 1,500-word profile of “renowned Holocaust scholar” Deborah Lipstadt. She was the “expert” in the headline “How America Got to Charlottesville: An Expert Draws a Map.” Carlson was accused of sharing “white replacement theory” with the fascists.
Online, the paper underlined the offensive comparison in two photo captions, including one that bluntly if falsely stated “In April, Fox News host Tucker Carlson espoused replacement theory on air.”
Dr. Lipstadt, a professor of modern Jewish history and Holocaust studies at Emory University, is scheduled to appear in Charlottesville on Wednesday for the plaintiffs in Sines v. Kessler, a civil case brought against two dozen neo-Nazis and white nationalist groups who organized the 2017 Unite the Right rally in the college town….
In paragraph nine, Williamson began the Carlson attack line:
Replacement theory is often expressed through conspiracy theories about voting fraud, Jewish or foreign-born “globalists,” “invasions” and the electoral dominance by nonwhite immigrants, and has been espoused by Fox News commentators, Republican members of Congress and former President Donald J. Trump….
In April, Fox News host Tucker Carlson espoused replacement theory on air. “The left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term ‘replacement,’ if you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters from the third world,” Mr. Carlson said on the broadcast. “That’s what’s happening actually. Let’s just say it: That’s true.”
Carlson used the term “replacement theory,” but it sounds less like a conspiracy theory about a globalist cabal trying to replace current U.S. voters, and more like he thinks the Democrats favor massive immigration for political reasons, believing “demography is destiny,” with more young (and grateful) new voters from elsewhere. The liberal media cannot stand that accusation, but it’s easy for them to accuse Fox of airing neo-Nazi theories. Then Williamson notes Carlson was praised for these remarks.
White nationalists who organized the rally in Charlottesville praised Mr. Carlson’s comments, which were echoed by some Republicans in Congress. At a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on immigration that month, Representative Scott Perry, Republican of Pennsylvania, said that “many Americans” believed that “we’re replacing national-born American — native-born Americans to permanently transform the political landscape of this very nation.”
Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, sent a news release to his constituents in April, with his quotes from an interview on Fox Business in which he said the Biden administration wanted “complete open borders, and you have to ask yourself, why? Is it really that they want to remake the demographics of America to insure that they stay in power forever?”
“There’s this kind of hate laundering that takes place, where fringe ideas move from the margins into the mainstream laundered by pundits, political candidates or even elected officials as if they are some kind of legitimate discourse,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, said in an interview.
Greenblatt has openly said “Tucker Carlson must go,” so he’s hardly an objective source of criticism. The Times won’t note Greenblatt worked for President Obama and so he easily aligns against Fox News.
This is the same newspaper that downplays leftist anti-Semitism with articles like “Ilhan Omar Is Not Here to Put You at Ease.”
In any case, is it controversial or conspiratorial to claim the Democratic Party is trying to get more immigrants from the southern border into the United States, hoping for them to dutifully vote for the party who advocated for them?