On Saturday, word got out that Fox News decided to scrub a scheduled airing of Judge Jeanine Pirro’s program, choosing instead to show a repeat episode of its documentary series “Scandalous.”
The announcement came days after the network condemned comments Pirro made about Rep. Ilhan Omar, the anti-Semitic Democrat from Minnesota, and one day after a horrific mass shooting in New Zealand.
According to Variety:
The change in Fox News’s schedule was evident in an on-screen cable guide. But a Pirro broadcast had been placed in newspaper TV listings for this evening.
When reached for comment, a Fox News spokesperson said, “We’re not commenting on internal scheduling matters” and declined to elaborate.
During her broadcast last Saturday, Pirro, a former New York prosecutor, suggested Omar, a Democractic representative, did not respect the law set down by the Constitution of the United States. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which is antithetical to the U.S. Constitution?” Pirro asked.
Naturally, news of the change didn’t sit too well with quite a few fans on social media.
Soooo…. judge Jeanine’s gets suspended tonight because she spoke ‘truth to power’. Yet Christians and patriots are Vilified EVERY DAY by MSM hosts & nothing happens?? This is how Islamism takes a foodhold & our 1A rights eroded. Protest to @FoxNews Call them out.
— LLLaura ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@LtotheL2) March 17, 2019
Expressing my protest for the cancellation of Judge Jeanine tonight
— AMIRA MANTOURA (@amiramantoura) March 17, 2019
I won't be watching tonight …. IN SUPPORT of Judge Jeanine and as protest against her suspension for ASKING A VALID QUESTION ON AIR.#ReinstateJudgeJeanine#FoxFakeNews#FoxWeaselsExecs #DisappointedInFox
— Tim Trainor (@TimothyJTrainor) March 17, 2019
What happen to the show Judge.
I was looking forward to your show tonight 😠 I was hoping to hear about The Clintons. Please tell me you will be on next week. Miss you Judge Jeanine
— Kathy Chapman (@RoweLaquanda) March 17, 2019
— Janie Johnson (@jjauthor) March 17, 2019
@FoxNews What's wrong with you for not aring Judge Jeanine Pirro's show todnight! I'm not watching what you are airing! I thought you were a voice for those who have courage to speak against the tide but I guess I'm wrong! Shame on you!
— Sharon Soldo (@HiswingsSharon) March 17, 2019
Quite a few, like this person, threatened to boycott the network:
You can take Judge Jeanine off if you want but your ratings will drop!!!! The Republicans respect and love Jeanine and we will boycott you!!! @FoxNews
— Sherry Medlin (@SherryMedlin1) March 17, 2019
Expressions of support for Pirro was also seen on Facebook:
According to Variety, Pirro responded to the reaction sparked by her comments:
“I’ve seen a lot of comments about my opening statement from Saturday night’s show and I did not call Rep. Omar un-American,” she said. “My intention was to ask a question and start a debate, but of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don’t support the Constitution. I invite Rep. Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today.”
“So,” said a post at Right Wing Tribune, “Fox News has caved once again. They will suffer the consequences if they keep this crap up.”
Judging from the response we’ve seen on social media, there could be much more than a grain of truth in that statement.
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