Right-wing media turned 2021’s National Read Across America Day into an epic culture war meltdown.
All-day Tuesday, programming on Fox News and Fox Business ceaselessly fanned the flames of outrage about the purported “cancellation” of legendary children’s author Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, as the latest example of woke liberalism run amok — conveniently ignoring the fact that Dr. Seuss has not, in fact, been canceled.
“The cancel culture is canceling Dr. Seuss,” Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade cried out, adding later, “It’s out of control.”
“People are too scared,” co-host Ainsley Earhardt complained. “They don’t want to be involved in all of this, so they’d rather just cancel it all … the places we are going in this country right now.”
Before 9 am Tuesday, Dr. Seuss had been mentioned more than 30 times on Fox News and Fox Business. Far-right Newsmax had mentioned Dr. Seuss more than 20 times during the network’s Wake Up America morning show.
Glenn Beck joined in the outrage machine, claiming, “They have now banned six books from Dr. Seuss,” although like everyone else, he never said who “they” are.
On Wednesday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) tweeted a photo that supposedly depicts the top eight best-selling Seuss books – none of which are being discontinued.
He credited President Biden for increased sales of the books.
Cruz then fired off another tweet, this time trying to cash in on the fake controversy by selling his own book.
Could Biden try to ban my book next?
One Vote Away was the #1 Bestseller on Amazon a couple of months ago…maybe Joe could get it back there?
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 3, 2021
Many on social media expressed outrage at Cruz’s misleading tweet.
WTF is this all about.
Cruz is smart enough to know that Biden had absolutely no involvement with the decision of the Dr. Seuss estate to stop selling a few of his books. (Not any of these bestsellers.)
But Cruz thinks people are dumb enough that this will be effective. https://t.co/S2JZrfuuAo
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 3, 2021
Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced on Tuesday that it had decided last year that it will no longer publish six of the author’s 46 children’s books, including his first, “And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street,” over their racist imagery and offensive language.
“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” the company said in a statement to The Associated Press.