Tucker Carlson Is Using His Twitter Show to Escalate His War With Fox News
Tucker Carlson is still technically under contract with Fox News—but that apparently isn’t stopping the host from attacking the network on his new Twitter video series. In the Thursday episode of Tucker on Twitter, Carlson’s latest venture since Fox canceled his prime-time show in April, the host spilled some internal drama playing out over at the network. Fox News has parted ways with the producer behind a Tuesday chyron that described Joe Biden as a “wannabe dictator,” Carlson said.
Carlson did not mention the producer by name, though per a Daily Beast report, the producer was Alexander McCaskill, a former member of Carlson’s defunct Fox News show.
Carlson did, however, take an apparent shot at the network’s chief executive, Suzanne Scott, saying that “the women who run the network panicked.” “First they scolded the producer who put the banner on the screen,” he added. “Less than 24 hours after that, he resigned. He had been at Fox for more than a decade. He was considered one of the most capable people in the building. He offered to stay for the customary two weeks, but Fox told him to clear out his desk and leave immediately.” (A Fox News spokesperson previously told Vanity Fair that “The chyron was taken down immediately and was addressed.”)
Carlson is reportedly under a non-compete contract with Fox News through December 2024. According to Axios, the network sent him a cease and desist letter earlier this week over his decision to launch a new show on Twitter, making Carlson’s commentary on the network’s chyron “scandal,” as he put it, all the more intriguing.
Carlson spends the segment defending McCaskill’s description of Biden and accusing the president of “trying to put the other candidate in prison for the rest of his life for a crime he himself committed.” Carlson also suggested that Biden has “a totalitarian impulse,” and baselessly linked him to the January arrest of Michelle Witthoeft, the mother of Ashli Babbitt, a pro-Trump rioter who was shot and killed by police after breaching the Capitol on January 6, 2021. (In reality, Witthoeft was arrested and charged after protesting without a permit on the second anniversary of the Capitol attack. The charges were later dropped.)
As for Fox News, the network has suffered repeated attacks from other right-wing media personalities since canning Carlson’s show. Most recently, popular right-wing podcast host Matt Walsh, a leading propagator of antitrans rhetoric, accused Fox Corp. of being too “woke” around LGBTQ+ issues (yes, the same Fox Corp. that frequently runs virulently anti-LGBTQ+ coverage on its news network).