Fox News Dumps Tucker Carlson Because He Attacked the Effectiveness and Safety of Pfizer and Moderna's Covid Vaccines, Says #RFK
Fox fires @TuckerCarlson 5 days after he crossed the line: "The TV networks pushed a deadly and ineffective vaccine to please their Pharma advertisers."
April 26, 2023
Tucker Carlson had an average of 3.5 million daily users, much higher (by a factor of 10) then any CNN personality. So why did Fox News dump their most popular and most famous act? Because he violated the cardinal rule of media: Don't go after the advertisers.
The $785 million dollar Dominion Voting settlement, while it did not help Tucker's case with Rupert Murdoch, was a survivable event for Tucker. but going after their advertisers was not.
Tucker spent part of his April 19 monologue calling out corporate media for effectively being spokesmen for Big Pharma and promoting their products, said RFK Jr. in a tweet. Tucker then went on to praise Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for being completely correct about how "ineffective and potentially dangerous" the COVID vaccines really are, Tucker said.
RFK Jr. says this speech five days earlier is exactly why Tucker is gone. Kennedy declared his candidacy for the US Presidency last week.
"Carlson's breathtakingly courageous April 19 monologue broke TV's two biggest rules: Tucker told the truth about how greedy Pharma advertisers controlled TV news content and he lambasted obsequious newscasters for promoting jabs they knew to be lethal and worthless," Kennedy tweeted Monday. "For many years, Tucker has had the nation's biggest audience averaging 3.5 million — 10 times the size of CNN. Fox just demonstrated the terrifying power of Big Pharma."
The Tucker Carlson Tonight cancellation came as a surprise Monday morning. No reason was given why Fox News and Carlson parted paths, and it was described as a mutual decision. “FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways,” the press release read. “We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor.”
“Mr. Carlson’s last program was Friday April 21,” the company said. “Fox News Tonight will air live at 8 PM/ET starting this evening as an interim show helmed by rotating FOX News personalities until a new host is named.”
In the second quarter of 2020, Tucker Carlson Tonight garnered 4.33 million viewers on average. That was the largest number of viewers for any program in the history of cable news.
Departure from Fox News
On April 24, 2023, Fox News dismissed Carlson and the executive producer of his evening show, effective immediately. Carlson's last broadcast was April 21, at the end of which he said, "That's it for us for the week, and we'll be back on Monday!" A rotation of guest hosts will fill the slot until a permanent replacement is found.
In its statement, Fox did not provide a reason for Carlson's termination, lending media speculation that it was due to Fox's defamation settlement with Dominion Voting Systems, Carlson's internal criticism of Fox leadership, or the pending lawsuit from former Fox producer Abby Grossberg alleging an "appalling work environment while working on Carlson's show". The decision to dismiss Carlson was reportedly made by Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of the board of Fox News Channel's parent company Fox Corporation, says wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tucker_Carlson
The Dominion case showed he made comments privately saying that he "hated" Trump, doubted his claims of election fraud, and criticized Fox's management, including calling a senior Fox executive a "cunt", according to the Wall Street Journal.
Fox executives worried that private messages Carlson had sent about management and colleagues becoming public would be embarrassing to the company. Management in Fox became increasingly concerned about risks Carlson presented to Fox, including what was felt to be thinly-veiled racism, scaring away advertisers, and that he might feel he was bigger than Fox—what the Wall Street Journal says was a "cardinal sin in Fox Corp. Chair Rupert Murdoch's empire".
Division between Carlson and Fox management increased to a point where Raj Shah, a former Trump aide, worked as an intermediary. The decision was eventually made by Murdoch's son, Lachlan Murdoch, and Fox CEO Suzanne Scott to oust him.