Carlson is out for now, but he will live to hate another day.

by Ari Paul, FAIR

Things seemed hopeless for those wondering if Tucker Carlson of Fox News—who used his show to promote white supremacist hoaxes (Independent7/20/22) and degrading statements about immigrants (The Hill9/23/21)—would ever be held accountable for spewing hate on air. An advertiser exodus (New York Times6/18/20) and calls for his deplatforming from mainstream organizations (Anti-Defamation League, 5/25/22) seemed only to solidify the frozen-dinner heir’s position as cable news’ top-rated host. Last year, Carlson’s show “averaged 3.32 million viewers, nabbing the biggest audience in cable news among viewers ages 25 to 54,” according to the New York Post (4/24/23).

“He’s the tent pole of the entire prime time line-up,” said Reece Peckauthor of Fox Populism: Branding Conservatism as Working Class. “He helps the other shows, people stay to watch after Tucker and before Tucker.”

Tucker Carlson (C) jokes with Former President Trump (R) at the 16th Hole during the final LIV Golf Tournament held at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster,NJ.

And in a flash, he was gone (NBC4/24/23). After Fox News settled with Dominion Voting Systems for nearly $800 million over the network’s repeated lies about the company fixing the 2020 presidential election for Joe Biden, I noted (FAIR.org4/20/23) that the last-minute agreement was still a form of accountability for the network, even if the settlement sum was half of what Dominion sought. (Carlson’s departure took $700 million from Fox‘s stock value in the 30 minutes after it was announced. The stock recovered somewhat, but was still down half a billion dollars at the closing bell.)

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