West News Wire: In his first appearance since leaving Fox News, Tucker Carlson has produced a video criticising US news organisations, claiming that serious debate on significant subjects is simply “not permitted” in US media.
The former host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox performed a monologue in a tape that was posted to Twitter on Wednesday night. He even timed the publishing of the video to correspond with his prior hour.
Carlson launched into a stinging critique of the mainstream media, stating the majority of debates on TV news shows are “irrelevant” and “unbelievably stupid,” while important matters go unmentioned, without specifically addressing his rumoured ouster from Fox News earlier this week.
“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?” he said. “It’s been a long time; debates like that are not permitted in American media.”
He went on to argue that both major political parties in the US have “reached consensus on what benefits them” and now “actively collude” to shut down meaningful discussion, saying the American establishment has “given up on persuasion” and is now “resorting to force” and increasing censorship.
“Suddenly, the United States looks very much like a one-party state,” Carlson continued. “That’s a depressing realization, but it’s not permanent. Our current orthodoxies won’t last. This moment is too inherently ridiculous to continue, so it won’t.”
The departure of Carlson from Fox on Monday caused a significant upheaval at the network because his prime-time show has long been one of the most popular cable news offerings. Despite rumours that he had been fired, Fox claimed that they had “agreed to part ways” and provided no further justification for the choice, which has already resulted in a decline in ratings and the market value of the corporation.
During his time as a Fox presenter, the former host was a divisive figure who was frequently accused of promoting “hate” and “disinformation” by left- and liberal-leaning detractors while building a sizable fan following among conservative viewers. His programme periodically infuriated US government representatives. Former Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby once addressed Carlson personally in a press conference in 2021, saying the military would not “take advice from a talk-show host.”