Racist and bloodthirsty text messages sent by Tucker Carlson about Trump supporters attacking protesters reportedly prompted anchor The key factor was Fox News’ shock exit last week.
New York Times On the eve of Dominion Voting Systems’ defamation trial against CNN, the discovery of Carlson’s message and the language it contained “stoked panic” among Fox executives, reports Tuesday night .
Carlson’s text was published in full by Times, sent the day after January. 6 The attack on the US Capitol was a reaction to a video clip of the attack that took place a few weeks earlier. In the text, Carlson reacted to the beating of a lone protester by three Trump supporters. It was not immediately clear what race the protesters were. “Jumping off someone like that is clearly disgraceful. That’s not how white people fight,” Carlson wrote. “And then all of a sudden, I found myself rooting for the mob against that man, wishing they’d hit him harder, kill him. I really wanted them to hurt kids. I could taste it,” Times published text says.
Later in the text, Carlson exhorts himself to be bloodthirsty. “I’m becoming something I don’t want to be,” he wrote. “Antifa Creep is a human being. As much as I despise his words and actions, as I am sure I would hate him personally if I knew him, I shouldn’t be gloating at his pain. I should be bothered by it.”
He concludes: “I should remember that somewhere there might be someone who likes this kid and if he gets killed he’ll be crushed. If I don’t care about those things, if I put people down to their politics, how am I better than him?”
Times reported that Fox’s board saw the text ready to begin the day before Dominion’s trial, and they feared it would become public during the legal proceedings, especially if Carlson was called to the stand. Fox eventually settled the Dominion lawsuit for 2018.$5 million.
Times, citing sources familiar with the matter, said the text, as The part of the redacted court filing was another factor that prompted Fox to ditch Carlson, cable news’s most popular anchor.
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The Fox board’s dramatic reaction to the text appears to be at odds with comments Carlson has made frequently on his Fox News show. Carlson’s show has been accused of mainstreaming white nationalist topics such as the overtly racist “Great Alternative Theory.”
in 2018, in In a segment of Tucker Carlson Tonight , Carlson says immigration makes America “dirtier”, He later doubled down on this comment. The controversy led to a backlash from advertisers, with brands including Pacific Life, TD Ameritrade, IHOP, United Explorer Credit Cards, Just For Men and Jaguar Land Rover pulling their ads from Fox News.