While we’re doomed to be forever uncertain about the exact reason FOX News fired Tucker Carlson, I think we can adduce some of the ingredients. One that looms large for me, at least is this:
From a respected media perch.
FOX News wasn’t always considered “respectable media.” When it was new, the Legacy Media did their utmost to destroy it through a concentrated campaign of dismissal, denigration, and degradation. It didn’t work; FOX had found an unserved niche and had addressed it in a winning fashion. But over the years since its birth, FOX has shed many of the people who made it a winner…and their ideas with them. The current management seems ardent to join the larger media corporations as a “big player,” a status difficult to achieve for a cablecaster.
That means “going along to get along:” remaining within the bounds of reportage and commentary the Legacy Media are willing to tolerate. That’s a stance the previous FOX management would not countenance. And Tucker Carlson has proved unwilling to be domesticated. So, like Bill O’Reilly and Dan Bongino before him, he had to go.
In the clip below, carefully scissored from Carlson’s address to the Heritage Foundation’s 50th Anniversary gala this past Friday, he expresses a position the Legacy Media find anathema, to wit:
- That political harmony can only exist when all the participants are agreed on ultimate objectives;
- That this is no longer the case in these United States, for one major participant promotes evil;
- That this mandates a change in our attitudes and lexicon when we approach political “issues.”
It’s only six minutes and a few seconds long. Please watch it.