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

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October 28, 2018 4:21 p.m.

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.”

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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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