Tucker Carlson’s former editor said the Fox host always had a ‘mean streak’ but his anti-mask comments were ‘repulsive’

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A composite image of Tucker Carlson and Bill Kristol.

  • The conservative pundit Bill Kristol founded the magazine where Tucker Carlson started his career.
  • Kristol weighed in on Carlson’s recent anti-mask comments, calling them “really terrible.”
  • He said Carlson “always had a slightly mean streak” but said the latest comments went beyond that.
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Tucker Carlson’s old editor had some choice words to say about the Fox News host’s recent anti-mask rant.

On Monday, Carlson went on a diatribe against parents who make their children wear face masks outdoors, saying it “should be illegal” and amounts to “child abuse.” Carlson even told viewers to call the police if they saw it happening.

“Your response when you see children wearing masks as they play should be no different from your response to seeing someone beat a kid in Walmart – call the police immediately,” Carlson said.

In a CNN appearance on Tuesday, the conservative pundit Bill Kristol was asked to weigh in Carlson’s latest comments, as his former editor. Kristol founded The Weekly Standard, where Carlson started his career in the 1990s.

Kristol said that Carlson “always had a slightly mean streak” and was a “bit of a bully” when they worked together, but said his latest comments go beyond “being a little outrageous and trolling.”

He went on to say that there were many children with autoimmune diseases whose friends would put on masks “out of decency, out of safety, out of excess caution sometimes, but it doesn’t hurt anyone.”

“For Tucker Carlson to do this, I mean, I really find it repulsive,” Kristol said. “He’s a propagandist now, really a low order.”

Kristol went on to suggest that guests face consequences for appearing on Carlson’s show.

“I think we need to think in a creative way about the ways to put pressure on Fox, ways to put pressure on him [Carlson], guests who go on his show. I haven’t been willing to go on for several years. It’s really terrible, the mask thing,” Kristol said.

Fox News did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment on Kristol’s interview.

This isn’t the first time Kristol has criticized Carlson.

In an interview with CNBC in 2018, Kristol said Carlson’s opinions were verging towards racism.

“He had always a little touch of Pat Buchananism, I would say, paleo-conservatism. But that’s very different from what he’s become now. I mean, it is close now to racism, white – I mean, I don’t know if it’s racism exactly – but ethno-nationalism of some kind, let’s call it. A combination of dumbing down … and stirring people’s emotions in a very unhealthy way,” Kristol said.

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Tucker Carlson called mask-wearing ‘repulsive’ and said parents forcing their children to wear masks in public should be reported for ‘child abuse’

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson raged against face masks on Monday night.

  • Fox News host Tucker Carlson called the sight of kids wearing masks “repulsive” and a form of “child abuse.”
  • He advocated for people to call the police or Child Protective Services if they see children wearing masks on his Monday night show.
  • Carlson called mask-wearers liberal “zealots” and “neurotics” and goaded viewers into mocking them.
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson raged against the idea of wearing face masks on Monday night, telling his viewers to openly mock those they see wearing masks outside.

“Your response when you see children wearing masks as they play should be no different from your response to seeing someone beat a kid in Walmart. Call the police immediately. Contact Child Protective Services. Keep calling until someone arrives,” Carlson said.

“What you’re looking at is abuse, it’s child abuse, and you are morally obligated to attempt to prevent it.”

He also called the sight of a child wearing masks “repulsive,” and a form of child abuse, referencing statements made by general practitioner Mary Harrow, who told a Colorado education board on Monday that face masks can “cause low oxygen and high carbon dioxide levels” and “create fear, anxiety, and headaches.”

The idea that masks can lower oxygen levels has been debunked.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people are still encouraged to wear masks in public settings, at events, gatherings, and anywhere that they will be around other people, as a mask is known to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Biden administration is likely to implement new guidance on mask-wearing outside for fully vaccinated people soon, but White House chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci says people should continue to abide by public health measures until the CDC makes a further assessment.

But the Fox News host appeared to take issue with the concept of mask-wearing in general, calling masks a sign of political obedience, like “Kim Il-Sung pins in Pyongyang.”

Carlson also said that liberals who wore masks were “zealots” and “neurotics,” saying that mask-wearing was indicative of an “actual mental health condition.”

“So the next time you see someone in a mask on the sidewalk or on the bike path, do not hesitate. Ask politely but firmly, ‘Would you please take off your mask? Science shows there is no reason for you to be wearing it. Your mask is making me uncomfortable,” Carlson suggested.

“We should do that and we should keep doing it until wearing a mask outside is roughly as socially accepted as lighting a Marlboro on an elevator,” he said.

Insider has reached out to Fox News for comment.

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‘F— You’: San Francisco LGBTQ Democratic Club sends pointed message to Tucker Carlson

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

  • The Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club slammed Carlson for a 1991 college yearbook entry.
  • Carlson’s entry listed that he was part of the “Dan White Society.”
  • In 1978, White murdered San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone.
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One of San Francisco’s largest Democratic clubs sent a pointed note to Fox News host Tucker Carlson after his old college yearbook revealed a membership in a group that appeared to be named after the killer of the club’s namesake.

The Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club, named after California’s first openly gay elected official, had little tolerance for reports that Carlson may have been part of the “Dan White Society.”

Their message was direct: “Dear Mr. Carlson: F— you.”

On November 27, 1978, White, a former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, fatally shot Supervisor Milk and Mayor George Moscone at San Francisco City Hall in what became one of the darkest days in the city’s history.

The Democratic club also slammed Carlson’s 1991 yearbook listing as an “exaltation of the murder of Harvey Milk.”

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Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Carlson’s alma mater, confirmed the authenticity of the yearbook listing to The Wrap. A university representative also told The Wrap that the “society” did not appear to exist at the time and was only listed under Carlson’s entry.

The entry can also be viewed through a digital copy of the yearbook, with Carlson’s words listed on page 186.

In the entry, Carlson also referred to the “Jesse Helms Foundation,” named after the deeply conservative, anti-gay former North Carolina GOP senator who earned the nickname of “Senator No” for his repeated blocking of treaties and appointments.

The fact-checking blog Snopes did not locate any other mention of the Jesse Helms Foundation in the yearbook.

Carlson has not directly discussed the groups listed in his yearbook entry.

However, a day before news of the yearbook entry spread on social media, Carlson addressed the topic of his college yearbook by lashing out at Washington Post owner and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, along with Post media columnist Erik Wemple.

“Jeff Bezos had one of his minions, a mentally imbalanced middle-aged man called Erik Wemple, pull our dusty college yearbook and see if we’d done anything naughty at the age of 19,” he said. “That sounds like fun. Let us know if you hear any good stories.”

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Tucker Carlson’s reaction to Derek Chauvin’s conviction was to cast doubt on the jurors who decided he murdered George Floyd

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Tucker Carlson on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Tuesday.

  • Tucker Carlson cast doubt on the motives of the jurors who convicted Derek Chauvin on Tuesday.
  • He suggested their verdict might’ve been meant to avert riots some feared would follow an acquittal.
  • “Can we trust the way this decision was made?” he asked.
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After the conclusion of the Derek Chauvin murder trial, Tucker Carlson’s reaction Tuesday night was to question the jury’s motivation in reaching its guilty verdict.

A few hours earlier, a jury of five men and seven women returned a unanimous guilty verdict on all three counts against Chauvin in the death of George Floyd.

Chavin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter. The verdict came about a year after footage circulated of the white police officer Chauvin kneeling on the neck of Floyd, a Black man, for several minutes. Floyd’s death sparked international protests, sometimes-violent unrest, and a national conversation in America about racial injustice.

On Tuesday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the Fox News star characterized the verdict not as an impartial decision based on the trial but rather the jurors’ way of saying “Please don’t hurt us.”

It was part of a longer opening monologue suggesting that the jury was spurred by fear of rioting by people who would have been angered by a verdict of not guilty.

“Can we trust the way this decision was made?” he asked.

“Everyone understood perfectly well the consequences of an acquittal in this case,” Carlson said. “After nearly a year of burning and looting and murder by BLM, that was never in doubt.”

He continued: “Last night, 2,000 miles from Minneapolis, police in Los Angeles preemptively blocked roads. Why? They knew what would happen if Derek Chauvin got off.”

This thinking has been aired elsewhere on Fox News. On Tuesday afternoon’s “The Five,” Greg Gutfeld expressed relief at the verdict because, as he put it, “my neighborhood was looted” in the initial unrest after Floyd was killed.

Drawing pushback from fellow hosts, he said he wanted “a verdict that keeps this country from going up in flames.”

On his primetime show that evening, Carlson framed the verdict as open to debate. “Is the officer guilty of the specific crimes for which he was just convicted?” he asked. “We can debate all that, and over this hour we will.”

Carlson has previously given weight on his show to the discredited theory that fentanyl in Floyd’s system contributed to his death. Chauvin’s defense team also argued this but was rebutted in court by prosecution witnesses.

Carlson went on to say politicians, protesters, and media figures tried to “intimidate” the jury.

“No politician or media figure has the right to intimidate a jury,” he said. “And no political party has the right to impose a different standard of justice on its own supporters.”

He did not specify in his opening monologue how this happened in Chauvin’s trial, but he has previously accused Democrats of holding a double standard in discussions around the Capitol riot and the Black Lives Matter protests last summer.

Both President Joe Biden and Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters have drawn criticism for commenting on the trial before the verdict was out. Biden commented that there was “overwhelming evidence” for what he called “the right verdict,” while Waters directly said she was “looking for a guilty verdict.”

On Tuesday, Carlson suggested that the fatal shooting of the Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt – a white supporter of then-President Donald Trump – would not get the same level of scrutiny as Floyd’s killing because of what he called “political or ethnic considerations.”

In February, Washington, DC, police investigators recommended that no charges be made against the unnamed officer who killed Babbitt, and the Department of Justice announced last week that he would not face federal charges.

Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

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Anti-Defamation league calls on Fox News to fire Tucker Carlson after host embraces white supremacist “great replacement theory” on air

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson

  • ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt sent a letter to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott asking for Tucker Carlson to be fired.
  • On Thursday, Carlson openly embraced the white supremacist Great Replacement theory.
  • The racist theory alleges that masses of foreigners are invading the US to strip white Americans of political power.
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The Anti-Defamation League has called for Tucker Carlson to be fired a day after the Fox News host openly embraced the white supremacist Great Replacement conspiracy theory on air.

“Given his long record of race-baiting, we believe it is time for Carlson to go,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a letter to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott.

On Thursday night, Carlson alleged that Democrats were “importing a brand new electorate” of “Third World” immigrants to “dilute” the political power of Americans.

He referenced the replacement theory, a well-known racist philosophy that has inspired racist violence and mass murder in the US and around the world for years and presumes that white, western populations are facing a demographic ticking clock in multicultural societies.

A Fox News spokesperson told Insider that Carlson was making an argument about voting rights.

“I know that the left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term ‘replacement,’ if you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate – the voters now casting ballots – with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World,” Carlson told his audience of millions. “But they become hysterical because that’s what’s happening, actually. Let’s just say it. That’s true.”

The letter sent by the ADL was first reported by CNN Business. In it, Greenblatt condemned Carlson’s “open-ended endorsement of white supremacist ideology.”

“This is not legitimate political discourse,” Greenblatt wrote in the letter to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott, according to CNN.

Demonizing immigrants is a recurring theme in Carlson’s show, with the host once saying that immigrants make the country “dirtier.”

In recent years, replacement theory has been referenced at the white supremacist march on Charlottesville in 2017, where extremists shouted slogans like “Jews will not replace us” and killed peaceful protestor Heather Heyer, and the 2019 El Paso Walmart mass shooting, where a white gunman intentionally targeted predominantly Latino victims.

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Piers Morgan suggested to Tucker Carlson that Meghan Markle may be ‘completely delusional’ while saying he really doesn’t know or care

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson interviews British TV personality Piers Morgan.

  • Piers Morgan went on “Tucker Carlson Today” to settle scores after exit from “Good Morning Britain.”
  • “Now, is she deliberately lying? Is she completely delusional?” Morgan said of Meghan Markle.
  • “I don’t know, but frankly, I don’t care,” he said on the Fox News streaming show.
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Piers Morgan made his first on-camera appearance Monday since walking off the set of “Good Morning Britain” in early March.

The former CNN host and Daily Mail columnist was interviewed virtually by Tucker Carlson for his new streaming show “Tucker Carlson Today,” which is behind a paywall on the Fox Nation streaming app.

Embracing American culture wars, Morgan decried how his freedom of speech was impinged upon after he criticized Meghan Markle for telling Oprah she experienced racism while in the British Royal Family.

“Now, is she deliberately lying? Is she completely delusional? I don’t know, but frankly, I don’t care,” Morgan said of Markle at the outset of the interview, which lasted for more than an hour.

Morgan decried “the appalling smearing of the Queen,” repeatedly blaming Markle for what he described as a direct implication that Queen Elizabeth is racist.

Markle never leveled that accusation at the Queen in her Oprah interview, though she would not name who exactly among the royal family told her husband Harry that their baby would not get security protection and that there were concerns over the baby’s skin color.

Later in the interview, Morgan said he should not have walked off the set of “Good Morning Britain” after co-host Alex Beresford told Morgan that he was taking Markle’s comments too personally because she ghosted him after they went out for a drink several years ago.

“Now I walked off for a few minutes, then I realized, this is stupid. I shouldn’t have walked off,” Morgan said. “You know, you should always be able to have a debate. I was angry in the moment that he was trying to personalize this, make it some personal vendetta I have with Meghan Markle, which I don’t.”

Carlson repeatedly praised Morgan, telling his British counterpart that he “checked every box on the journalism checklist” before his storming off the set. Carlson described that day’s “Good Morning Britain” show as “great television,” and congratulated Morgan for bringing the show ahead of the BBC’s morning program in ratings on that day.

“Well, I’ll tell you, it’s very interesting, because if you believe Twitter,” Morgan said, “I got my comeuppance rightly and deservedly. You know, the woke mob, their court had met. I’d been convicted summarily. Meghan Markle had complained to my boss, complained to the government regulator, and I was gone for not apologizing for disbelieving her.”

Much of the interview followed a similar framework exhibited when Carlson interviews other “canceled” guests.

Carlson – who retains his record for the most-watched cable news show in the history of US TV ratings – framed Morgan as the victim of a “scam” concocted by those in power to silence a dissenting opinion in an on “Western” traditions.

“So if most people in Britain – and I think you speak for America, too – see what’s going on here, they see that it’s a scam, they see that wokeness is really an effort by the people who are already in charge to gain more power and wealth for themselves – it so clearly is that – why is everyone putting up with it?” Carlson said.

“Why in the nation that gave the rest of the world the freedom of speech – which is Great Britain, that’s where that right came from, they were the first to enshrine it – why is a small percentage of the population able to impose this un-English, un-Western idea on everybody else?” Carlson continued before Morgan could answer. “Like how is this working if no one is for it?”

Morgan said it is “terrifying” that “people feel so cowed by the fear of the woke mob that they can’t express an honestly held opinion without being immediately branded a racist,” before reiterating his grievances with Markle.

“The only reason we are having this conversation is because the Murdoch family, which controls Fox, is standing up in the face of the mob, and they haven’t bowed,” Carlson said. “I mean that’s literally the only reason that I still have my job, and we’re having this conversation.”

Before ending the interview at the one-hour 16-minute mark, Carlson asked Morgan what he’ll do next now that he is unemployed.

“Well, I’ve had some very interesting offers. My normal strategy when something like this happens is to take a few months off, to get a bit fit,” Morgan said. “Breakfast TV is pretty punishing on the torso … I’m gonna scheme and plot my next stage of global domination.”

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Tucker Carlson says his interview with Rep. Matt Gaetz about the DOJ’s investigation into the lawmaker was ‘one of the weirdest interviews I’ve ever conducted’

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Matt Gaetz appears on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to address a DOJ investigation into him.

  • Matt Gaetz appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss a DOJ investigation into whether he broke sex-trafficking laws.
  • Gaetz said the inquiry was based on a “horrible allegation” and a “lie” that’s “verifiably false.”
  • Carlson said it was one of the “weirdest interviews I’ve ever conducted” and added, “I don’t think that clarified much.”
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Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz appeared on Fox News’ primetime show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Tuesday evening to address an ongoing Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into whether Gaetz engaged in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and broke federal sex-trafficking laws.

Carlson struggled to make sense of his discussion with Gaetz, saying afterward, “You just saw our Matt Gaetz interview, that was one of the weirdest interviews I’ve ever conducted.”

“That story just appeared in the news a couple of hours ago and on the certainty that there’s always more than you read in the newspaper, we immediately called Matt Gaetz and asked him to come on and tell us more, which as you saw, he did,” Carlson added. “I don’t think that clarified much, but it certainly showed this is a deeply interesting story and we’ll be following it. Don’t quite understand it. But we’ll bring you more when we find out.”

The New York Times first reported on the DOJ’s investigation, and Gaetz confirmed its existence to The Times and the news website Axios. In a series of tweets, Gaetz claimed the investigation was part of an “organized criminal extortion” scheme against him by a former DOJ employee, and he called The Times story “a planted leak.”

Here’s what Gaetz said on Carlson’s show:

  • “It is a horrible allegation and it is a lie,” and it is “verifiably false,” Gaetz said. “People can look at my travel records and see that that is not the case.”
  • Gaetz claimed the ex-DOJ employee behind the purported scheme was David McGee, who is now a lawyer at the firm Beggs & Lane. McGee told The Daily Beast on Tuesday that Gaetz’s allegation was “completely, totally false” and “a blatant attempt to distract from the fact that Matt Gaetz is apparently about to be indicted for sex trafficking underage girls.”
  • Gaetz said McGee texted his father on March 16 “demanding a meeting wherein a person demanded $25 million in exchange for making horrible sex trafficking allegations against me go away.”
  • He said that his family was “so troubled” by the demand that they contacted their local FBI field office, and that the DOJ and FBI were “so concerned about this attempted extortion of a member of Congress that they asked my dad to wear a wire, which he did with the former Department of Justice official.”
  • Gaetz reiterated his demand that the department release what he said were audio recordings that were made “under their supervision and at their direction” which would “prove my innocence” and show the allegations against him were “merely intended to try to bleed my family out of money.”

The Times reported that the DOJ’s inquiry into Gaetz is focusing on two encounters he allegedly had with the 17-year-old in 2019.

During his appearance on Carlson’s show, Gaetz said the FBI had “threatened” a “friend” he brought to dinner with Carlson and his wife two years ago.

“I can say that actually, you and I went to dinner about two years ago, your wife was there and I brought a friend of mine, you’ll remember her, and she was actually threatened by the FBI, told that if she wouldn’t cop to the fact that somehow, I was involved in some pay-for-play scheme, that she could face trouble,” Gaetz said.

He continued: “And so, I do believe that there are people at the Department of Justice who are trying to smear me. Providing for flights and hotel rooms for people that you’re dating who are of legal age is not a crime, and I’m just troubled that the lack of any sort of legitimate investigation into me would then permute, would then convert into this extortion attempt.”

Carlson replied: “I don’t remember the woman you’re speaking of or the context at all, honestly.”

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It’s time that Fox News is considered a political organization, not a news network

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Fox News opinion host Sean Hannity

  • Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch stated that Fox News would act as “the loyal opposition” to Biden.
  • If this is the case, as made evident by the network’s sensationalist punditry, then they should be considered a political organization and not a news network.
  • Under this classification, Fox News would have to raise money for donors and PACs, not cable subscribers.
  • Matt Walton was the 2015 Republican nominee for the Virginia House of Delegates (74th District).
  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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Is Fox News actually a “news” organization? Given the rampant punditry on the platform, that question has been hotly debated among media watchers for a long time. But we finally have our answer.

Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch recently stated that the conservative network would act as “the loyal opposition” to the Biden Administration. The younger Murdoch’s statement confirmed what many have known all along: that Fox News only dabbles in news, and is primarily a political organization.

With this acknowledgement, it’s time that Fox News is legally treated like a political organization and no longer as a news outlet.

Financial aid

The most important aspect for reclassifying Fox News comes in the business model. By designating Fox as a political entity, cable providers would then stop paying Fox News to air its content. Like every other cable outlet, Fox News is paid a fee from TV providers (such as Fios, Xfinity, DirectTV, etc.) for each subscriber called a carriage fee. It’s estimated that an average household pays roughly $2 per month, totaling approximately $1.8 billion a year in carriage fees to the network. Each cable provider is responsible for negotiating its fees with each network and those negotiations and contracts are confidential.

If Fox News were rightly considered a political operation, the fees they collect would be considered political contributions, contributions you’d make if you have even a basic cable package. It’s okay for a media organizations to have opinion programs, but by its own CEO’s words, Fox News is no longer interested in being a media outlet, but the loyal political opposition to the current administration.

The purpose of any media organization is to investigate and hold people, business, and the government responsible and accountable for their actions and decisions. Fox News is no longer interested in providing unbiased reporting based on the facts since it sees itself as a loyal political opponent of the Biden Administration. We can not long trust their “reporting” as a source for news because of this decree from Murdoch.

When a political entity wants to get its message out on TV with political advertisements, they have to pay to have that message air. Fox News must be held to the same financial standard of any political candidate, party, or third party political organization and pay for its content to be on air.

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Fox News’ broadcast of a Biden speech, where the chyron shows Tucker Carlson’s live reaction.

For example, shows hosted by Sean Hannity or Tucker Carlson and even shows such as Fox and Friends and Outnumbered are political infomercials. These shows, like the rest of the Fox News line up, should not be supported by carriage fees, but pay to be on the air.

For years Fox News has been covert in its political activism. The network has knowingly misled Americans by promoting lies and conspiracy theories for the political gain of the far right.

Lies, such as baseless reporting in May 2017 that it was Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee staffer, who leaked thousands of Democratic party emails to Wikileaks at a pivotal point during the 2016 presidential campaign. Ultimately the US intelligence community concluded that the leaked DNC emails were part of Russian interference in the 2016 election. The network ultimately settled with the parents of Rich, but Sean Hannity continued to embrace the conspiracy, spreading it to his millions of viewers.

Another notable lie spread by Fox News for political gain came in 2020 when the network and its on air personalities continued to spread misinformation about voter fraud. Conspiracy theories about the voting machine systems created by the Smartmatic company were broadcast to millions of people. Smartmatic even went as far as to file a $2.7 Billion lawsuit against Fox News in damages.

On March 26, Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit against Fox News as well, citing $1.6 billion in damages. In their lawsuit, Dominion claims that the network “sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process.”

Fox News does have some respected journalists, like Bret Baier, Bill Hemmer, Chris Wallace, Neil Cavuto, and Shannon Bream; however, their journalistic reputations are now even more clouded since the corporation has declared its network as the opposition to the Biden Administration. Now that the entire “news” network is the loyal opposition, these journalists and their programs need to follow political advertisement disclaimer rules.

According to these rules, Fox News must air a “clear and conspicuous” disclaimer on all of their programming. This disclaimer must state that what is being broadcast is for political purposes and that it is paid for by the Fox News political entity.

Finally, as a political entity, Fox News should rely on donors to pay for its programming instead of paid TV subscribers via carriage fees. Furthermore, they should no longer be allowed to charge companies for advertisements. Fox News then must follow the appropriate reporting rules and regulations from the Federal Elections Commission with respect to who their donors are, so the American people will know who is paying to support the political activism of their network.

Fox News declared in 2017 that it was no longer “Fair and Balanced” and in 2021 they stated that their goal is to be the loyal opposition of President Biden. It’s clear that they have no desire to even pretend to be a serious news network. It’s time for America to cut the cord on Fox News and let it attempt to flourish as a stand alone political entity.

Matt Walton was the 2015 Republican nominee for the Virginia House of Delegates (74th District). In 2016, Walton was on the Virginia leadership team for the John Kasich Presidential Campaign. Recently, Walton worked with the Lincoln Project and was on the Virginia Leadership Team and the National (Collective Rapid-Engagement Wing) Team.

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In a potential 2024 preview, Tucker Carlson and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem sparred over the NCAA and transgender athletes

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson interviews Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.

  • Potential 2024 hopefuls Tucker Carlson and Kristi Noem butted heads on Fox News Monday night.
  • While the debate was ostensibly about transgender athletes, it previewed their 2024 messaging.
  • “No, that’s not right at all, Tucker,” Noem said at one point. “In, fact, you’re wrong. Completely.”
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An otherwise routine appearance for South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Fox News Monday night quickly turned tense when host Tucker Carlson began asking if she was “caving” to the NCAA by not signing a bill on transgender women athletes.

Both Carlson and Noem have been the subject of heavy speculation that they’ll run for president in 2024, making them potential GOP primary opponents.

Insider first reported on chatter in Republican circles about a possible Carlson run back in July. Noem currently sits at number seven in Insider’s 2024 GOP primary power rankings, while Carlson is unranked, given the lack of clarity over whether he’s serious about a run, a notion he has previously described as “insane.”

The bill in question would bar trans women and girls from competing in women’s sports in South Dakota.

As Insider’s Madison Hall and Kayla Epstein previously reported, South Dakota’s bill is one of 36 similar pieces of legislation being pushed by GOP controlled legislatures across the country as the issue becomes a priority for the party.

In her Fox News hit, Noem tried to explain that signing the bill could lead to a drawn out court battle that the state would likely lose.

Carlson then cut her off and paraphrased what she was explaining.

“But wait, wait, wait – so you’re saying the NCAA threatened you, and you don’t think you can win that fight,” Carlson said. “They said if you sign this, they won’t allow girls in South Dakota to play, and you don’t think you can win in court, even though the public overwhelmingly supports you nationally, and so you’re caving to the NCAA. I think that’s what you’re saying.”

“No, that’s not right at all, Tucker,” Noem responded. “In, fact, you’re wrong. Completely. I’ve been working on this issue for years.”

Later on, Carlson described her decision as the result of when “big business intercedes, [the] NCAA, Chamber of Commerce and Amazon and tell you not to sign it, and you change your mind.”

“Well, that’s not true, Tucker,” Noem replied, appearing to grow increasingly irritated.

At another point, Carlson asked why Noem was talking about Title IX – the legal standard which prevents colleges and universities from discriminating in athletics or academics by gender – when “this is thousands of years of common sense and tradition.”

The exchange offered a possible sample of what their messaging to Republican voters could look like in a primary matchup between the two.

“Girls play girls sports. Boys play boys sports,” Carlson continued. “Why not, instead, just say, ‘Bring it on, NCAA. I’m a national figure. Go ahead and try and exclude us. I will fight you in the court of public opinion and defend principle.’ Why not just do that?”

Noem said Carlson was “preaching my sermon,” and that “I’m not interested in a participation trophy.”

“I’m not interested in picking a fight that we can’t win,” Noem continued. “I am a problem solver. I want to come to the table and I don’t want to have talking points. And I’ve been bullied for the last year by liberals, Tucker.”

The South Dakota governor then positioned herself as someone who’s interested in getting results instead of pursuing Carlson’s scorched earth strategy.

“I’m not gonna let anybody from the NCAA, from any big business – I’m not gonna even let conservatives on the right bully me,” she said. “I’m gonna solve the problem. I’m gonna make sure that we’re building strength in numbers … and make sure that we’re keeping only girls playing in girls sports.”

As Carlson kept pushing back, Noem turned the tables and began pressing the host over whether he’d read what she was talking about.

“Well did you read the bill or the style and reform message that I sent to the legislature?” Noem said.

“I did. I did. Yes, but I’m – ” Carlson said, before Noem cut him off and wrapped up her final remarks for the segment.

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Tucker Carlson accuses Biden of punishing the rich by raising taxes on households making over $400,000

Tucker Carlson attacks Biden's proposed tax hike on the rich and endorses ignoring the national debt.
Tucker Carlson attacks Biden’s proposed tax hike on the rich and endorses ignoring the national debt.

  • Tucker Carlson accused Biden of proposing a tax hike on wealthy Americans just to “punish” them.
  • Biden has no plans to raise taxes on families making less than $400,000.
  • Carlson falsely claimed that Biden will let very wealthy Americans and corporations off scot-free.
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Far-right Fox News host Tucker Carlson accused President Joe Biden of proposing a tax hike on wealthy Americans to “punish” them and wrote off concerns about the federal debt during his Thursday night program.

Carlson argued Biden and Democrats have subscribed to an economic theory, known as Modern Monetary theory, which broadly holds the federal debt should not be an economic constraint, making taxes “beside the point.”

“Why do we have taxes in the first place, at this point? We don’t fund the government with tax revenue, we fund it with money that the federal reserve creates,” Carlson said. “Why would you even consider raising taxes on families making 400 grand? Why would you even do that? To punish you, obviously.”

The Biden administration has proposed a progressive tax increase on households that make more than $400,000, but won’t raise taxes on families making less than $400,000. The vast majority of the revenue from Biden’s tax increase will come from families who make $1 million or more. (The bottom 99% of Americans earn an average income of about $50,000.) Biden has long argued that wealthier Americans and coporations aren’t paying their “fair share” in taxes.

Fewer than 2% of American taxpayers report annual income higher than $400,000 a year, a category that likely includes Carlson, who reportedly has an annual Fox News contract worth $10 million.

This comes a few years after former President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers passed their $1.5 trillion tax cut, which gave rich Americans and corporations a massive tax break and will be far from deficit-neutral, as its supporters once claimed.

Carlson went on to falsely accuse Biden of letting the very wealthy and corporations off scot-free. Biden is reportedly considering raising the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%.

“No billionaire’s going to suffer. You’re going to suffer, and for no good reason,” Carlson said. “We don’t fund the government with tax revenue, we fund the government with money the Federal Reserve makes up out of nothing.”

Carlson rarely criticizes Trump, in part because many if not most of his audience are Trump supporters, but he’s previously conceded that the 2017 GOP tax cut “was far better for corporate America than it was for the middle class.”

The Fox host then brought on a guest, Victor David Hanson of the conservative Hoover Institution, who claimed Democrats would tax rich Americans to “punish people and tell their base they’re going to redistribute income.” Hanson warned that deficit spending would send the US into years of inflation, stagflation, and recession in a repeat of the 1970s. But inflation is currently at a 10-year low and Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell, who was appointed by Trump, said earlier this year that worrying inflation levels are “far away and unlikely.”

Powell argued this week that Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package is “going to wind up accelerating the return to full employment” and urged Congress to spend even more on “investment in people’s skills and aptitudes, investment in plant and equipment, investment in software” over the long term.

Biden’s tax increase will help pay for his next set of legislative proposals, which will be focused on investing trillions of dollars in the nation’s infrastructure. Conservatives have already said they won’t support any bill that includes tax hikes on corporations and wealthy Americans.

During an ABC News interview that aired this week, Biden said he plans to pass a “small to significant tax increase” on families making over $400,000 annually. He insisted that his plan, unveiled during the presidential campaign, wouldn’t raise “one single penny in additional federal tax” on American households making less than $400,000.

“The president remains committed to his pledge from the campaign that nobody making under $400,000 a year will have their taxes increased,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters this week. “His priority and focus has always been on people paying their fair share and also focusing on corporations that may not be paying their fair share either.”

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