ADL Asks Lachlan Murdoch to Cancel Tucker Carlson's Jan. 6 Documentary on Fox Nation

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is the latest entity to slam Tucker Carlson's new Fox Nation series Patriot Purge for statements made in the documentary.

The documentary series, which is available for streaming on November 1, focuses on the January 6 Capitol Riot. In an October 28 letter to Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch, Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO and national director of the ADL, encouraged Murdoch to cancel the show over claims about the insurrection.

The letter argues that Carlson and a number of other "disinformation artists" who were interviewed for the piece made suggestions that the insurrection was a "false flag" and that the "Left is hunting the Right, sticking them in Guantanamo Bay ... leaving them there to rot."

This preview of the @tuckercarlson “documentary” is alarming enough.
If Tucker’s history is any indication, this will be another assault on truth and democracy.@FoxNews, what could this accomplish other than inciting the same individuals behind the original January 6th attack?

— ADL (@ADL) October 28, 2021

"Let's call this what it is: an abject, indisputable lie and a blatant attempt to rewrite history. As an organization committed to fighting antisemitism and all forms of hate, we remain deeply concerned that the false narrative and wild conspiracy theories presented by Carlson will sow further division and has the potential to animate violence," Greenblatt wrote.

He said that he felt compelled to write Murdoch to express "deep alarm about the dangerous misinformation" that the news corporation allows Carlson to express on the Fox network.

The ADL, an organization that fights bigotry and monitors hate groups, reported that they believe Carlson's "embrace and amplification of white supremacist talking points" encourages extremists to take action and strengthens their movements.

"We know this because we have been at the forefront of tracking extremism for decades," the letter said. "We have seen, over and over again, the consequences of such unhinged conspiratorial rhetoric -- from Pittsburgh to Poway to El Paso. These heinous acts of violence were spurred, in part, by many of the same false grievances Carlson espouses each and every night."

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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is the latest entity to slam Tucker Carlson's new Fox Nation Patriot Purge for statements made in the documentary. Pictured: Tucker Carlson speaks during the Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) Feszt on August 7, 2021, in Esztergom, Hungary. Janos Kummer/Getty Images

Greenblatt questioned whether the piece could even be considered a documentary and said that by airing it, Murdoch is "giving license to yet another conspiracy theory: that January 6 was an inside job with the intention of rounding up and imprisoning conservatives."

He argued that as the head of a well-established news organization, Murdoch needs to find where he draws the line for himself and Fox.

"How many more people need to die or how many individuals must subscribe to groundless conspiracies before you say enough is enough? Inflammatory rhetoric of this sort is neither legitimate political discourse nor spirited debate," Greenblatt wrote. "It is dangerous rhetoric that could catalyze violence, whether directed at the Jewish community or other minority groups."

Drawing on the long history that the Fox CEO has with the ADL, Greenblatt encouraged him to reconsider the programming.

The ADL concluded that while Carlson has the right to make "outrageous claims," the freedom of speech is not equal to the freedom of reach. Greenblatt encouraged Murdoch not to validate Carlson's controversial views by giving him airtime and even suggested Murdoch has a moral responsibility to do so.

November 1

— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) October 28, 2021

Carlson has drawn bipartisan backlash for Patriot Purge since announcing the documentary, primarily over its "false flag" claim that the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was secretly organized by the government.

The controversial Fox News host touted the three-part series as a "Tucker Carlson Original," and stated that he believes it will answer remaining questions about the day plus the "new war" that was launched on Americans by prosecuting those who participated in the insurrection.

Newsweek reached out to Fox News for comment.