Carlson says those in power 'resort to force' in post-Fox monologue
TV host Tucker Carlson makes his first elaborate public comments after resigning from Fox News.
Tucker Carlson, in his first significant public comments since leaving Fox News, claimed the people in authority were using 'force' to silence media debates that do not benefit both political parties.
Fox News announced Monday that the network and its star primetime host have "agreed to part ways." Carlson has worked for Fox News for over a decade and never got the chance to sign off to his viewers as his last show aired on Friday, April 21.
According to Fox News, the network had reached the decision to part ways with Carlson a few days after the network reached what was dubbed, by Axios, a "historic 11th-hour settlement with Dominion Voting Systems for over $787 million."
Fox News has been subjected to a defamation lawsuit over voting machines; a lawsuit which has allegedly implicated Carlson and others.
Good evening pic.twitter.com/SPrsYKWKCE— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) April 27, 2023
In a two-minute video clip posted on Twitter, Carlson stated that "The people in charge… are hysterical and aggressive. They're afraid. They’ve given up persuasion - they’re resorting to force."
Carlson assured that "it won't work...true things prevail."
Carlson, a harsh opponent of the Biden administration, is frequently depicted as a far-right Republican. However, although this is somewhat correct, Carlson became famous for challenging dominant establishment orthodoxies on both the left and the right.
Carlson avoided directly announcing his resignation from Fox News, however, his comments were obviously hinting at it.
From mocking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to alleging that "big topics" like war, corporate power, and civil liberties get no attention in the media, Carlson has had his fair amount of time in the Fox spotlight.
"Debates like that are not permitted in American media," he said. "Both political parties - and their donors - have reached consensus on what benefits them. And they actively collude to shut down any conversation about it. Suddenly the United States looks very much like a one-party state."
Since Carlson's dismissal, stories have stated that the decision was made by Rupert Murdoch, the media company's chairman, after consulting with board members.
Dr. Nicholas Waddy, political analyst and assistant professor of history at SUNY Alfred, previously told Sputnik that the former host's resignation signals the end of oppositional media as Fox News becomes a "graveyard of conservative media titans."