The firings of Tucker Carlson at Fox News and Don Lemon at CNN still has the country’s head spinning. Carlson had become the public face of Fox News, owned by billionaire Rupert Murdoch. His conservative pronouncements and push back against the liberal agenda was vintage Fox, and fit in with the networks constant blabbering of conservative talking points. The problem for liberals was that Carlson’s rants were always well-researched and oftentimes highly-accurate. Carlson helped keep Fox’s viewer base engaged after the exit of Pat Buchanan and Bill O’Reilly.
Two days after getting the axe, Carlson re-emerged with let his viewers know he was indeed bloodied, but unbowed:
Tucker Carlson: One of the first things you realize when you step outside the noise for a few days is how many genuinely nice people there are in this country, kind and decent people, people who care about what’s true and a bunch of hilarious people also … The other thing you notice when you take a little time off is how unbelievably stupid most of the debates you see on television are. They are completely irrelevant. They mean nothing. In five years you won’t even remember that we had them. Trust me, as someone who has participated.
And at the same time … the undeniably big topics – the ones that will define our future – get virtually no discussion at all. War, civil liberties, emerging science, demographic change, corporate power, natural resources … when was the last time you heard a legitimate debate about any of those issues? … Debates like that are not permitted in American media … Both political parties and their donors … actively collude to shut down any conversation about it.
Carlson said a mouthful here. Those on the inside – like commentators who work for the corporate media – get heard, repeated, feted and awarded. However, they have to talk about nothing and keep the public distracted and uninformed. Those on the outside – like Trump and the GE and now Carlson – can speak the truth, yet they get ignored or silenced by the powers that be. Carlson just went rogue. The question remains, “Like Trump and the GE will he be able to get his message to the masses? This should be interesting …