Fox Business Network is refusing to run an advertisement that attacks three of the channel’s contributors for their stated views on working women.
Ultraviolet, a group that advocates for equal rights for women, was slated to run an advertisement calling on Fox to fire Lou Dobbs, Juan Williams, and Erick Erickson for expressing dismay over the growing power of women in the workforce. Last week, Erickson became the subject of public ire for his claim that it was “natural” for men to take the “dominant role” and that women shouldn’t be the primary breadwinners in a household. Similar sentiments were expressed by Dobbs and Williams.
The ad called on Fox to “retire” the three Fox contributors, and was going to air during the show “After the Bell.” But at the last minute, Fox’s producers said they couldn’t run the ad for copyright reasons, since it uses the company’s footage.
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ThinkProgress reached out to Fox for comment but has not received a response.
Last week, Fox News host Megyn Kelly tore into Erickson for his comments, asking, “What makes you dominant and me submissive and who died and makes you scientist-in-chief?” Both Kelly and Ultraviolet are right to question Erickson’s assumptions; more women than any other time in history are primary and co-breadwinners for their households, a sign of economic success and empowerment for women.