FS1 censorship arbitrary, reminiscent of 2020 media blackout to protect Hunter Biden
Feb. 7, 2022
The Karrin for Arizona campaign has been formally notified by FS1 – a cable station owned by FOX Sports Media Group – that it will not air “Broken Border.” The 30-second ad features authentic footage of Karrin Taylor Robson at the border in Yuma as a busload of illegal immigrants casually crossed into the United States. The ad has been airing on cable and broadcast stations across Arizona since mid-January. In applying a double-standard to which other candidates are not subject, FS1 refuses to air the ad and now demands an affidavit that the ad was filmed along the border, as well as proof of the citizenship status of any individuals depicted.
Statement by Karrin Taylor Robson, Republican candidate for Arizona Governor:
“Who does FS1 think it’s kidding? The station expects Arizonans to believe individuals that our cameras captured crossing the border nowhere near a legal port of entry, and being taken into custody by Border Patrol, may have been American citizens? This is nuts.
“This arbitrary decision by FS1 to block our campaign ad is reminiscent of the suppression of conservative voices in the weeks and months before the 2020 General Election. Recall that Big Tech and the mainstream media collaborated on a blackout of any coverage about Hunter Biden and his infamous laptop, which kept revelations about his corrupt business dealings with foreign entities, and possible ties to his father, from coming to light before voters cast ballots. It’s also worth noting President Trump was removed from most social media networks, while representatives of the Taliban and other extremist organizations continue to be hosted.
“All we ask for is a level playing field to get our First Amendment protected message to all Arizonans. Border security is a leading concern among Arizonans. FS1 should neither deny the facts on the ground felt by Arizona families and communities, nor arbitrarily and unfairly cancel a conservative candidate’s views simply because they may be contrary to political opinions held by the station. It is simply unfortunate that woke liberalism is seeping into Fox Sports.”