Tucker Carlson, former Fox News host and co-founder of the Daily Caller, has revealed plans to begin raising money to start a brand-spanking new media venture. I’m not surprised at all to hear this is the direction that Carlson will be going in, especially after being burned so badly by his former employer. He no doubt wants to have the freedom to say what he wants and to discuss any topic without worrying he will be censored or shut down for crossing some arbitrary line in the sand drawn up by the powers that be in traditional news reporting.
“It’s increasingly possible that the Twitter show is a top-of-funnel play for other things Tucker may soon have cooking,” Puck News’ Dylan Byers went on to write, according to the Daily Caller. “In fact, I am told he is raising capital to launch a new company that may yet prove more influential.”
“Tucker’s new media play might – if executed adroitly – serve as a paradigm for a generation of TV news personalities with huge followings and fandoms who remain marooned to their desks amid shrinking audiences,” he added.
Earlier this week, Fox News canned the rest of Tucker Carlson’s former staff members after dropping an announcement concerning its new primetime lineup. The network has officially let go of at least nine people, which included several long-standing producers at the company. Many have referred to the decision as “shockingly callous” by a former Fox producer who did an interview with the Daily Caller.
Fox first announced that Tucker Carlson was out at the network back in April. There’s been a lot of speculation concerning the reason why the popular host, who brought in a staggering three million viewers on a nightly base would be let go from the company. Chief among them is the idea that when the right-of-center network settled with Dominion Voting Systems, part of the settlement was firing Carlson.
Not long after his firing, Carlson began streaming a show on Twitter, which resulted in a back-and-forth battle with Fox News who claims that the program violates his contract, which he is still under, leading to a cease-and-desist letter being sent to him, asking him to stop streaming. The problem, of course, is this “show” is just Tucker Carlson giving his opinion on hot topics of the day on a public platform that he is not working for or under any sort of contract with. In other words, it’s simply free speech, which his contract with Fox cannot prohibit.
Thank God for the First Amendment, right? Fox is regretting not having Carlson, as he was their primary ratings draw, but hey, they could have taken another road, but didn’t so, who do they have to blame for their current downward spiral? Themselves.
So they want to keep a lid on Tucker Carlson because they do not want anyone else, even Carlson himself, from being able to benefit from his work. What the network seemingly doesn’t understand is that their attempt to shut Carlson up is only making more and more folks turn the channel from their news programming and coverage.
They are taking a bad situation and making it worse.
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