‘Fox Soul’ Cancels Louis Farrakhan July 4th Speech
The Fox “Soul” television network announced Monday that it had canceled a July 4th program that was to have featured a speech from Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a notorious antisemite, racist, and homophobe. As Breitbart News reported Sunday: Farrakhan’s history of hateful rhetoric is well-documented. In 2018, he compared Jews to termites. That same year, he drew criticism for defending the use of the phrase “death to America” during a conversation with students in Iran. The main FOX network launched Fox Soul in January in an effort to reach African American audiences — and to reach beyond the conservative branding of Fox News. Fox Soul offers four hours of streaming programing daily. In a statement Monday, Fox Soul announced that it would replace the Farrakhan program with an “inspirational” program focusing on “the greatest black leaders and thinkers about racial relations and civil rights in America.”
Former New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D), founder of Americans Against Antisemitism, congratulated Fox for its reversal, after he had urged the network to cancel the program: The original Fox Soul announcement of the Farrakhan program linked to the Nation of Islam website, which features, among other things, antisemitic literature.