The news of Fox News severing ties with Tucker Carlson, a right-wing extremist who held a prime-time show on the network, has shocked the media and political worlds. This news is booming now. Let’s know more about this announcement.
The announcement came shortly after Fox News settled a defamation lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems for $787.5 million over the network’s dissemination of election lies.
Carlson, the highest-rated single host at Fox News, was known for promoting conspiracy theories and radical rhetoric, including sowing doubt about the legitimacy of the 2020 election, spreading conspiracy theories about Covid-19 vaccines, and elevating white nationalist talking points.
Fox Corporation chief executive Lachlan Murdoch and Fox News chief executive Suzanne Scott reportedly decided to part ways with Carlson. Carlson was informed of the decision on Monday morning.
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The lawsuit settlement with Dominion revealed private texts between Carlson and his colleagues, including disparaging remarks about former President Donald Trump and criticism of Fox News leadership. Carlson’s departure from Fox News has been praised by some critics who view his rhetoric as antisemitic, racist, xenophobic, and anti-LGBTQ.
It remains to be seen how Fox News will fill the void left by Carlson, but for now, the network has stated that rotating hosts will fill his 8 p.m. time slot. Despite Carlson’s departure, it is unlikely that Fox News will veer away from its right-wing talk programming, as it has a loyal audience for such content.
Shares of Fox Corp. fell 5% on the news of Carlson’s departure. The recent events highlight the influence and impact of media personalities like Carlson on the political landscape and the ongoing debate over the role of media in shaping public discourse.