According to the press release, the broadcaster’s decision was made by mutual consent and without a transitional period. Carlson was considered an unconditional critic of the US policy of measures in the corona crisis, as well as in the Ukraine war.
The broadcaster’s decision surprised fans as well as critics of the successful moderator. Tucker Carlson’s show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” has regularly reached millions of viewers for years Fox News. The motives are stated in the official communication from Fox short and sweet:
“Fox News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to go their separate ways. We thank him for his services to the network as a moderator and before that as a contributor.”
In another paragraph, the broadcaster informed that the last program of the sacked presenter was broadcast on April 21. Fox is owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch. During the transition phase of a re-imagining of the evening program, “alternating Fox News personalities” would moderate until “a new anchor is appointed,” according to the statement.
During his last appearances, Carlon himself gave no hints about a possible separation from his house station. Discussions about the reasons concern the surprised media and fan community on a broad level.
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The complaint of a voting machine manufacturer against Fox called. Dominion Voting Systems has sued the broadcaster in a Delaware court for defamation, alleging that the broadcaster, and Carlson in particular, supported and disseminated “unfounded” allegations by former President Donald Trump about possible election rigging in 2020. Fox settled the lawsuit last week for a payment of $787.5 million. The daily News accused Carlson of propagating “racist, sexist and transphobic” content in his programs.
However, more critical perceptions recognize other backgrounds, such as Carlson’s more than critical reporting in the past three years of the global corona crisis. Carlson spoke clearly and unequivocally about the cooperation between the demanding politicians and the pharmaceutical industry, which he believed to be questionable.
The moderator unequivocally commented on his doubts about the political measures in the USA and worldwide. To this end, he also included critical and discredited scientists and politicians from the USA and Europe in his program for interviews.
Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. shared his guess in a Twitter post:
“Fox fired Tucker Carlson five days after he crossed the red line by admitting that TV networks were promoting a deadly and ineffective vaccine to please their pharmaceutical advertisers. Carlson’s breathtakingly brave April 19 monologue broke the two most important rules of the television:
Tucker told the truth about how greedy pharmaceutical advertisers control TV news content, and he lashed out at obsequious news anchors for promoting vaccines they know are deadly and worthless.
For many years, Tucker had the highest ratings in the nation, averaging 3.5 million viewers — ten times that of CNN. Fox has just demonstrated the terrifying power of big pharma.”
Kennedy Jr. was recently closed Guest on Carlson’s Tonight Show to address his presidential bid, US foreign policy in Ukraine and his clearly critical perceptions and statements in the corona crisis. In the early phase of this period, the nephew of the assassinated US President John F Kennedy was a stage speaker as a live guest at the lateral thinking demonstration on August 28, 2020 in Berlin.
US investigative journalist Glen Greenwald commented additionally contributed to the departure of Carlson Fox with the Twitter post:
“Tucker was the cable host who most:
– spoke out against the US proxy war in Ukraine;
– denounced the CIA, FBI and DHS for their systematic lies and corruption;
– campaigned for a pardon for Julian Assange;
– opposed regime change efforts in Cuba;
– criticized the militarism of the Trump administration.”
Critics of the broadcaster’s decision recalled the fact that, among others, the BlackRock financial institution owns 45.74 million shares in Fox Corporation Class A (FOXA). The financial journalist Ernst Wolff summed up to the event:
“The digital-financial complex flexes its muscles: US-popular Fox News host Tucker Carlson speaks openly about how pharmaceutical advertisers influence TV news content and is fired for his statements.”
Just last weekend, Democratic Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez argued in one interview, that in their opinion, under US federal law, Carlson should generally not go on the airwaves. So she said:
“If you look at what Tucker Carlson and some of these other people are doing at Fox, it’s very, very clearly incitement to violence — it’s definitely incitement to violence.”
The interview was conducted by former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who is now the anchor of the Fox competing cable channel MSNBC. Carlson joined Fox News in 2009, but it wasn’t until his evening show, which has been running since 2016, that he became the network’s popular and recognized star across the US.
Regarding his professional future Fox Carlson mentioned the launch of a new season of his documentary series titled “Tucker Carlson Originals” in one of his recent broadcasts last week. On April 21, he delivered a keynote speech at the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation, and again made no mention of parting ways with Fox.
Shares in the station’s parent company, Fox Corporation, fell 4.7 percent after the announcement.
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