LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Greenpeace is calling for the firing of MSNBC host Tucker Carlson for saying he respected France for blowing up its ship, Rainbow Warrior.
One person died in the July 1985 blast and Greenpeace has called the action of French agents terrorism.
During his show "The Situation with Tucker Carlson" in June the host praised France's energy policies and said he was "objectively pro-France," E! Online reported Friday.
"You know, France blew up the Rainbow Warrior, that Greenpeace ship in Auckland Harbor in the '80s. And I've always respected them ...," Carlson said.
Greenpeace posted a letter to NBC News President Neal Shapiro on its Web site saying Carlson should be fired for condoning terrorism, E! reported.
An MSNBC spokesman issued a statement Friday saying: "In no way did Tucker Carlson condone terrorism. Tucker's show is an opinion program and the opinions expressed are his and not those of MSNBC."
Greenpeace asked the Federal Communications Commission Thursday to investigate Carlson's "grossly offensive broadcasts." An FCC spokesman said Friday it does not have power over cable stations such as MSNBC.