When it rains it pours. News items from the corporate media continues to pour in and its more shocking every time. Monday Fox News announced it had parted ways with popular news commentator Tucker Carlson. Per the New York Times, below are the details of the firing and what led up to the firing:

  • The decision to let Mr. Carlson go was made on Friday night by Lachlan Murdoch, the chief executive officer of Fox Corporation and the son of its co-founder, Rupert Murdoch, and by Suzanne Scott, chief executive of Fox News Media, according to a person briefed on the move.
  • Mr. Carlson was given no heads-up that his time at Fox News was drawing to an end, according to two people with knowledge of the timing of the conversation. The anchor was told of the network’s decision on Monday morning, and his senior executive producer, Justin Wells, was also out of a job.
  • A Fox spokeswoman said Mr. Carlson’s show would be replaced with a new program called “Fox News Tonight” that would feature rotating Fox News personalities until a new host is named. Brian Kilmeade was the first host on Monday night, but he said little of Mr. Carlson beyond wishing him well.
  • Mr. Carlson is also facing a lawsuit from a former Fox News producer, Abby Grossberg, who claims that he presided over a misogynistic and discriminatory workplace culture. Ms. Grossberg said in the lawsuit, which was filed in March, that on her first day working for Mr. Carlson, she discovered the work space was decorated with large pictures of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wearing a swimsuit.
  • In April 2022, The New York Times examined how Mr. Carlson positioned himself to inherit the movement that grew around President Trump as he constructed what may be the most racist show in the history of cable news.

Last week Fox News was forced to pay pay a eye-popping $800 million to Dominion Voting Systems pursuant to a defamation lawsuit from Dominion – the largest sum in U.S. history. Fox News had to settle or go to trial where embarrassing details of commentators spreading outright lies that Dominion’s voting machines were rigged in order to help Joe Biden defeat then President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. A lengthy trial will sordid details of how Fox News ignored professional reporting standards and fabricated stories was likely to leading to a loss of reputation for the network, which it may have found difficult to recover from.

Speculation has run rampant about which news hosts would having their heads on the chopping block. Fox had already parted ways with Lou Dobbs because he allegedly was not drinking the Kool Aid. Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro had been bandied around as casualties of the Dominion fallout. However, never in my wildest dreams did I envision Tucker Carlson would get the axe. Carlson’s show has become so popular that it was likely a golden half at the network, or was it. Secondly, Carlson had practically become the face of Fox News in much the same way that Bill O’Reilly had been the face of Fox News years ago. The action can only mean one thing – the Dominion saga was bad, but only going to get worse. Fox decided to save itself more embarrassment and move on.


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