Fox Soul Cancels Farrakhan Speech After Outrage From ADL, Tapper

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KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI

Fox TV’s Black-oriented streaming service, Fox Soul, abruptly canceled a Fourth of July program featuring Minister Louis Farrakhan on Monday after the Anti-Defamation League’s CEO Jonathan Greenblatt and CNN anchor Jake Tapper, among other critics, slammed plans for a live broadcast of Farrakhan’s speech titled “Message to America.”

“Louis Farrakhan, a notorious #antisemite & #homophobe, inexplicably continues to get airtime,” Greenblatt tweeted over a promotional Fox Soul graphic touting the Farrakhan broadcast scheduled for this Saturday at 11 a.m. ET.

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“THE CRITERION: THE HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN SPEAKS LIVE,” read the text over a smiling photograph of the bow-tied Nation of Islam cleric with a decades-long history of bigoted declarations. (Mainstream Muslims have long condemned the minister, who has praised Hitler as a “very great man.”)

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