By Mary Washington
White nationalists are apparently happy at FOX News’ recent change of roster, especially the termination of Bill O’Reilly.
According to posts on Stormfront, some Neo-Nazis thought O’Reilly was too liberal and friendly to minorities. O’Reilly was terminated last year in the wake of the sex scandal which also cost former CEO Roger Ailes his job. O’Reilly was alleged to have referred to a black female employee as “hot chocolate.” He also once bragged about having sex with a “brown woman” to producer Andrea Mackris. O’Reilly later settled with Mackris for $5 million.
But some Stormfront posters were glad to see him go.
“I’m glad to see the back of O’Reilly,” said Jenna88. “He was making the white race look bad and he had a thing for mud women. Plus, he was Irish so he wasn’t really white.”
However, Neo Nazis seem pleased with the elevation of Tucker Carlson.
A poster called SaveOurPeople47 said, “You don’t get much whiter than Tucker Carlson. He could be a poster boy for the Hitler youth.”
According to Media Matters, Carlson seems to be sympathetic to the alt-right. He frequently runs stories about the threat of hordes of brown people invading the West and has promoted white supremacists on his show. Carlson also owns the Daily Caller, a conservative website.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Daily Caller frequently employs white nationalists such as Jason Kessler, one of the organizers of the Unite the Right event held recently in Charlottesville, N.C. Heather Heyer, a counter protester, was killed at the event by a domestic terrorist.
“‘If there’s any talking head you can safely classify in the spectrum of ‘alt-right,’ it’s Tucker Carlson,’ said Neo-Nazi Eric Striker of The Daily Stormer,” said Media Matters. “And according to Richard Spencer, the white nationalist who coined the term ‘alt-right,’ Carlson ‘is a much better figure’ who is ‘more intelligent’ than O’Reilly and ‘is at least sympathetic towards the alt side of things’ in a way his predecessor is not.”