Judicial Watch Director Barred As Fox News, Fox Business Guest After Soros Conspiracy

Chris Farrell, the director of investigations and research at Judicial Watch, the conservative activist group, will no longer appear as a guest on Fox News or Fox Business Network, a spokesperson for the networks confirmed to TPM Sunday.

The blacklisting followed the re-airing Saturday of a Thursday interview between Farrell and Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs. In the interview, a clip of which went viral Saturday after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, Farrell described the State Department as “Soros-occupied” and said George Soros was indirectly paying migrants and asylum seekers traveling toward the U.S.-Mexico Border. The comment was widely seen as an anti-Semitic dog whistle.

“We condemn the rhetoric by the guest on Lou Dobbs Tonight,” Fox Business Network’s senior vice president of programming, Gary Schreier, said in a statement shared with TPM Sunday. “This episode was a repeat which has now been pulled from all future airings.”

The Fox News spokesperson told TPM that Schreier had “confirmed Farrell will no longer be booked on FBN [Fox Business Network] or FNC [Fox News Channel].

Soros — the liberal philanthropist and donor, and a frequent target of right-wing conspiracy mongering and anti-Semitism — was the first of many critics of President Donald Trump’s to receive a pipe bomb in the mail in recent days; the bombs never exploded and their alleged sender, Cesar Sayoc, was arrested Friday.

Judicial Watch did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

CNN’s Oliver Darcy first reported the blacklisting Sunday. He pointed out separately that both Farrell and Dobbs have a history of vilifying Soros.

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