I was stunned by Tucker Carlson’s departure from Fox News. I must admit that ,up to that moment, I thought the network used him as controlled opposition to keep up the facade of conservative street cred.
I have to rethink that.
For Fox to ditch Carlson’s top rated program, a money-maker for the station, is a head scratcher. News reports have speculated that Fox fired Carlson as part of Fox News’ recent nearly 800 million dollar settlement with Dominion Voting Systems. Fox settled over charges the voting machine company of rigged the election against former President Donald Trump in 2020.
Just a little aside. Fox played a huge role in rigging the 2020 election against Trump by calling Arizona for Joe Biden before polls closed. Remember they called Arizona before calling Texas for Trump.. Trump lost Arizona by only 11 thousand votes. I agree with some pundits that Fox “took a dive” and would have won the lawsuit on appeal.
I believe the Dominion settlement is a plan to give the voting machine company the imprimatur of honesty. In other words, it makes the company symbolically ironclad against accusation of election manipulation.
The settlement is a huge but merely a pittance to a multi-billionaire like Rupert Murdoch. And if it weakens Trump’s election efforts in 2024 , then it was money well spent.
Anyway, back to Tucker.
It probably didn’t help Tucker when he recently interviewed President Trump, giving the likely Republican 2024 nominee a positive forum. Up to that point, Trump was persona non grata at Fox News. Their efforts to prop up Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and every other Republican presidential candidate, except Trump, did not go unnoticed.
I stopped watching Fox News right after the 2020 Presidential Election fiasco but I would watch Carlson on clips presented by conservative sites . I thought his recent commentaries on Big Pharma/Pfizer and J6 were pretty hard hitting . . Btw Fox ,when are we going to see the rest of the J6 footage? Not holding my breath.
Carlson will land on his feet and wherever and however he returns, the ratings will be off the charts. We’ll see if Fox will continue the purge of base friendly conservative hosts like Jesse Watters .
Regardless , Fox appears to be on a leftward beeline.