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Viewers unhappy with Fox News’ decision to not air Judge Jeanine Pirro, threaten boycott

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:

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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.

https://twitter.com/elde_law/status/1107086915692568576

Quite a few, like this person, threatened to boycott the network:

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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A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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