Steve Forbes, chairman and CEO of Forbes Media, condemned blacklists of Trump administration officials in his defense of a controversial up-swearing in his magazine that threatened companies hiring Trump “fabulists.”
“Unlike Twitter, media giants and Big Tech companies, we believe in diversity of opinion,” Forbes told Fox & Friends on Wednesday.
FORBES OP-ED WARNING COMPANIES TO RENT ‘FABULISTS’ FROM TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
Forbes magazine chief executive Randall Lane warned companies that might consider hiring Kayleigh McEnany, Kellyanne Conway, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and others who worked for the Trump administration.
“Let it be known in business: Hire any of Trump̵
The CEO said his opinion differs from that of his chief content officer.
“This is reminiscent of what we had in the 1950s during the McCarthy era,” Forbes explained. “People were denied work because of their political beliefs …”
“We do not have blacklists and the like,” Forbes said. “People can express opinions. Unlike other organizations, we have different opinions at Forbes, and we value those different opinions, and I think that shows strength, not weakness.”
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Forbes defended op-ed as an “example” of various views not so prevalent in universities or Big Tech.
The former Republican presidential candidate said he and Lane are opposed to the culture of annulment, which Forbes called a “cancer” and called on the nation to “come together and move on.”
Fox News’ Joshua Q. Nelson contributed to this report.