As many across the country, including some of his own Fox News coworkers, called on the conservative news network to fire Tucker Carlson for his recent grotesque statements on masks, it appears more and more that the controversial host is “untouchable” when it comes to his place at Fox.
Many current and former Fox News employees were outraged when Carlson last week urged viewers to call child protection services on parents whose children were seen wearing masks publicly.
Several noted to The Daily Beast, however, that Carlson, the top-rated prime-time host at Fox, is “untouchable” and will almost assuredly never “suffer any repercussions” for absurd comments like the one on masks, or for his many white nationalist comments.
One current Fox staffer explained:
“He’s a good example of how much you can get away with at Fox if your ratings are high. Aside from that, he just perpetuates the right’s catastrophe platform. They cannot win with their supposed limited government, fiscal conservatism, because not even they really believe in it. So all they do is fear monger.”
Many have in recent weeks called for Carlson to be removed by the network, like The Anti-Defamation League, who also called on advertisers to boycott Carlson’s show after he endorsed the white-supremacist “Great Replacement” theory on his show. Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch defended Carlson, however, which angered many employees that much more:
“The Murdochs love him. Like them, he is a rich, prep school kid born with a silver spoon who traffics in populism while living in an expensive ivory tower and never meeting in real life the people he gins up for ratings.”
“He’s the new Bill O’Reilly. The dirty little secret is that FNC doesn’t care about losing advertisers. They make their money via cable conglomerates that pay them much money so that dumb f*cks who worship FNC can continue being told what, in their heart of hearts, they want to believe — and that’s a lot of people.”
Fox News staffers even see a connection between Carlson and another controversial figure that the network helped elevate:
“If Tucker left, his fans would follow him wherever he went and would turn Fox off for scorning their leader. If Trump is the most dangerous person in the country, Tucker is a close second behind him.”
Carlson has made headlines several times lately for increasingly outrageous statements, like his blatantly racist response to the Derek Chauvin verdict a few weeks ago, and the aforementioned mask comment.
During last Monday’s broadcast, Carlson not only angrily complained about wearing masks outdoors and went as far as telling his viewers to “call the police immediately” if they see children wearing them, but added that seeing vaccinated people wear masks outside in public is like “watching a grown man expose himself in public.”
As for his response to the Chauvin verdict, Carlson had a complete, live-on-air meltdown over the jury finding the former police officer guilty of murder in the killing of George Floyd, implying that the jury voted guilty because of threats to their safety:
“The jury in the Derek Chauvin trial came to a unanimous and unequivocal verdict this afternoon: Please don’t hurt us.”
“The jury spoke for many in this country. Everyone understood perfectly well the consequences of an acquittal in this case. After nearly a year of burning and looting and murder by [the Black Lives Matter movement], that was never in doubt.”
Carlson then went after President Joe Biden, who on Tuesday commented on the “overwhelming” evidence against Chauvin, adding that he “wouldn’t say that unless the jury was sequestered.”
Carlson was incensed by this statement:
“When was the last time a sitting president weighed in on a jury decision before it was made? Answer: never.”
Of course, Carlson would fail to mention that the actual answer to that question is “2018,” when then President Donald Trump offered his thoughts on the trial of Paul Manafort while the jury was in the middle of deliberations, saying “I think it’s very sad what they’ve done to Paul Manafort.”
Carlson kept digging, searching for anyone who would agree with him.
“Who’s going to become a cop going forward, do you think?” Carlson asked former New York City law enforcement official Ed Gavin.
Gavin’s answer visibly surprised the incredulous Carlson:
“Well, I think people will still become police officers. This really is a learning experience for everyone. Let’s face it, what we saw in that video was pure savagery.”
And then, when Gavin suggested some reforms to policing, Carlson cut him off:
“How about enforce the law? Do we need to do that? So hold on, wait a second. So, wait, slow down. Do we enforce the law? Like let’s say, people are going through the windows in Macy’s and the cops are just standing there, do they resign?”
When Gavin tried to answer, Carlson cut him off again, this time clearly angry that the former police officer would dare disagree with him on his own show, adding a simple “Nope. Done.”